ASUS announced the ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG) earlier this week. It’s a 7-inch basic Android tablet that’s priced at S$199. Inspired by stylish clutch handbags and wallets, the ZenPad C 7.0 extends the basic tablet design with embossed leather patterns and a polished metallic frame for a bold and luxurious feel. Edges are rounded to make the ZenPad C more comfortable to hold and carry.
The ZenPad C 7.0 is only 8.4 mm thin and weighs a portable 265g. Bezel size is kept minimum with a 76.5% screen to body ratio. Powered by the latest Intel® SoFIA processor, ZenPad C 7.0 is the first device to be powered by the locally created mobile chipset. Available in Obsidian Black and Pearl White colours, the ZenPad C 7.0 CG will be retailing at $199 at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.
Other features shared by Asus were that the ZenPad C 7.0 would be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI, and a 1024 x 600 IPS wide viewing angle display, optimised with ASUS TruVivid and Bluelight Filter and there’s even DTS-HD premium sound and SonicMaster technology for further audio enhancement. The ZenPad is only equipped with a single front speaker, which will suffice for most usage purpose, but DTS-HD playback? Well, if you can afford the optional ASUS Audio Cover, there’s a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a battery pack to deliver up to six hours of continuous use on a single charge. Audio Cover also doubles as a convenient stand for video watching or getting some work done.
Operating System Tablet: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Display: 7″ LED Backlight WSVGA (1024×600) Screen
CPU: Intel® Atom™ x3-C3200 Quad-Core, 64bit
Storage: 8GB/16GB, 1 x Micro SD Card Reader, up to 64GB SDHC
Graphic: MaLi-450 MP4
Wireless Data Network: WLAN802.11 b/g/n, support Miracast
Battery: 8 hours battery life; 3950 mAH, 13Wh Li-polymer Battery
Navigation: GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Color: Black, White, Red, Aurora Metallic
Dimensions: 189 x 108 x 8.4 mm (LxWxH)
Weight: 265 g
Options are limited for a 7″ tablet. The ZenPad C 7 inch is an inexpensive tablet, but specs are nothing great either. A refurbished Nexus 7 2013 might be a worthwhile consideration instead. Alternatively, there’s the Lenovo TAB 2 A7-10, but that runs on Android 4.4. Chuwi Vi7 is a cheap China OEM (S$130) that sports the same processor, RAM, storage as the ZenPad C but weighs significantly 35% heavier.