The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 is a high-end tablet that was released in the summer of 2016. It offers pretty nice hardware, a full metal body and premium features like a fingerprint reader. ASUS released it with Android 6.0 Marshmallow originally. But an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is on its way. Let’s take a closer look at the ZenPad 3S 10.
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Highlights
- Full, very high-end metal body
- A high resolution display
- 64GB of internal storage
- Premium features like a fingerprint reader
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Design
I did review the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 already and my personal highlight is the design. The body is completely made out of aluminum. Because of this it feels very high-end, similar to an iPad Pro. I even prefer the design over the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Yes, a full metal body is great.
With just 5.8 millimeters it is one of the thinnest tablets out there. At the same time it‘s quite light for a metal tablet with a weight of 430 grams.
Above the 9.7-inch display sits a 5-megapixel front camera. Underneath the panel is a home-button with an integrated fingerprint reader. Thanks to that you can unlock the tablet fast and securely. The only downside: You have to press the button down to unlock. With other fingerprint readers you just have to hold your finger on it lightly.
On the right side is a power button and the volume controls. There‘s a microSD card slot on the opposite side. You can put cards with a capacity of up to 128GB in it.
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Display and Hardware
Despite the name, the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 has a 9.7-inch display. It‘s an IPS panel with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixel. That‘s a pretty high resolution. Tablets like the iPad and other 9.7-inch devices have almost always the same pixel density. It‘s a very nice display with a good brightness, good viewing angles and a nice color reproduction.
Inside runs a MediaTek MTK8176 hexa-core processor. It consists of six cores in total. Four of them are clocked at 1.7GHz and the other two at 2.1GHz. In addition, ASUS is giving us 4GB of RAM and an internal storage with a capacity of 64GB. As mentioned earlier, you can expand it with a microSD card.
Other hardware features include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. You can get the ZenPad 3S 10 with LTE as well. This version has a similar but different processor though. The product number is Z500KL and it comes with a Snapdragon 650, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
|Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Nougat Update)|
|9.7-inch IPS with 2048 x 1536|
|MediaTek MTK8167 / Snapdragon 650|
|32GB or 64GB|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|USB Type C|
|240.5 x 163.7 x 5.8 ~ 7.15 mm|
Software: Android and ZenUI
ASUS released the ZenPad 3S 10 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow originally. But after showing the tablet with Android 7.0 Nougat at Computex 2017 they slowly started to roll out updates. As of now it is still shipping with Marshmallow. But you can install an update to Nougat easily. On top of Android runs their own UI called ZenUI.
The ZenUI changes the design of the interface quite a bit. I like it but it can look a bit overloaded. Luckily, you can just deinstall apps and change the UI to your liking. Some apps like the preinstalled SuperNote can be useful though. It‘s a nice note taking app.
ASUS Z Stylus: It‘s optional
While ASUS is not shipping the ZenPad 3S 10 with a stylus, you can buy one separately. It‘s called ASUS Z Stylus and it is an active pen with 1024 pressure points. I didn‘t review the pen so I can‘t say much about it. There are a couple of software features integrated for the stylus though.
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Review
I did review the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 right after it was released. Back then it was the best Android tablet. Now I would give this title to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. But the ZenPad 3S 10 is much cheaper so it‘s still a very interesting alternative. Watch my review below.