ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7" (2048x1536), 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 5MP Front / 8MP Rear Camera, Android 6.0, Tablet, Titanium Gray (Z500M-C1-GR)
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ASUS ZenPad 3s 10 9.7-inch 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. ZenPad 3s 10 delivers exceptional performance with Hexa-core processor, 4GB memory and 64GB on board storage. It also has any-way-up USB-C 3.0, rapid fingerprint security, and high-capacity 5900mAh battery to keep the entertainment going.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #152 in Personal Computers
- Color: Gray
- Brand: Asus
- Model: Z500M-C1-GR
- Released on: 2016-10-07
- Aspect ratio: 4:3
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .28" h x 6.44" w x 9.47" l, .95 pounds
- CPU: Cortex 2.1 GHz
- Memory: 4GB
- Hard Disk: 64GB
- Graphics: Dedicated
- Processors: 6
- Display size: 9.7
- 9.7" 2K IPS Display (2048 x 1536) with ASUS TruVivid technology for better visual experience and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass for tougher and more damage resistant protection.
- Powerful dual Core ARM Cortex 2.1 GHz combined with quad Core ARM Cortex 1.7 GHz, 64 bit MediaTek processor.
- Easily handle games and speed up productivity with super-fast hexa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and IMG GX6250 graphics.
- 8M/5M Dual Camera; 1 x microSD Card slot, support up to 128GB SDXC
- Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor is the perfect blend of strong security and incredible convenience. Android 6.0 OS. Interfaces: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), Micro SD (SDXC)/ Max.128GB, Type C.
Most helpful customer reviews
148 of 148 people found the following review helpful.
Great Tablet, premium feel,great screen, fast performance. Horrible camera and possible charging issues.
By K. Cart
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7"
I have too many tablets. I just do, I love them. My obsession started with the original Asus TF101 Transformer. I loved it. It debuted in 2011 a month after motorola’s and dells offering of tablets. Samsung beat both releasing one in 2010. I still consider it to be one of the best tablets ever made at that time and if you had the keyboard dock you could purchase, then you were living easy.
Flash forward to 2017, I currently am using and iPad 2(which i bought from a school sale) and a Nvidia K1 tablet. The ipad is meh, but it is almost 6 years old, it's a work tablet. My Nvidia K1 is a monster, hard to beat, gorgeous screen and great gaming performance. The thing was, I was growing tired of the widescreen aspect that the K1 had. I longed for more reading room. The K1 is an 8in tablet. I decided I would purchase a 10in tablet with the standard 4:3 ratio. I had my work cut out.
First and foremost was cost. I do not have lots of cash to throw around at just anything. I needed something that was reasonable and performed well.
After much looking and flipping I decided on the Asus Zenpad 3S. It was ten inches, had a hexacore processor, a 2048x1536 screen resolution, 4GB of ram and 64GM of storage. Not many other tablets on the market could equal that, considering the price of $299.00 Asus was asking. I reached into my back pocket, pulled out my wallet and threw it at my screen telling Amazon to take my money. Deal done!
I received the tablet and immediately tore it from the very nice and well packed premium box Asus wisely decided to pack it in. In the box was also a USB to USB-C cord, a USB plug(not quick charge), item documentation, a hard cardboard stand(?!?!?), and a small key that is used to access the micro sd card slot.
The tablet itself was wrapped entirely in a clear plastic envelope, ensuring your unit would be free of scratches from its transit.
The tablet, is beautiful. The nice gray back cover with Asus tastefully emblazoned upon it. The rear facing camera in the upper corner. The tablet has those beveled diamond edges that many manufacturers are using. Premium look. This tablet matches my Asus 2-in-1 laptop to a tee. That was a bonus. The screen, as usual, is glass from side to side. It is supposedly Gorilla glass 3. The front has a physical home button and two capacitive buttons to the side of it. Many people comment on how this is a Apple clone. I don't see it. In fact, the face reminds me of a Galaxy Tab with the oval-ish home button and the side capacitive buttons. The tablet is wonderful to look at and a pleasure in the hands. There are two speaker ports, true stereo on either side of the USB-C connection. On the right side is the power button and the volume rocker. Both made out of the same diamond beveled material the sides are. They feel solid. The top houses only a headphone jack and a small hole which I believe is the microphone for the tablet. The left side is almost barren of any features save for a small hole. You take the small key(or paperclip) and insert it into that hold and a tray will pop out that holds the Micro SD card. This, I did not care for that much. I will explain that later on.
When powering it on you are greeted by the splash screens. These splash screens tell you that it's powered by MediaTek chipset and has DTS headphone X. I will be honest, I have never had anything using a MediaTek chipset and was a bit worried about it. I have only ever seen MediaTek chipsets used in those cheap Android boxes you can get here on Amazon.
You will go through the usual steps in setting up an android device such as router, gmail account, and the gauntlet of “want to sign up for this while your at it?” type stuff. I set mine up as a new device but it offered the option to set it up like my android phone. I did this once and then proceeded to take a ton of stuff off the tablet could not even use. This time I was smarter.
The screen is wonderful. It is vibrant and sharp.It seems pixel-less. Colors look great right out of the box.
I started to move through the menus and tabs and got a surprise, this tablet is a lot faster than I thought it was going to be. It effortlessly slid from one tab to another. Applications started up immediately with no hesitation. This tablet wants to do things. It wants you to load applications on and run them. I could not slow this beast down.
The tablet does have a custom skin over the android system which Asus calls the Zen UI. It's not bad. It is highly customizable and does not seem to have any effect on speed of the tablet. I won't go into the Zen UI very much because there is a LOT there. It does add a ton of features that stock android does not have by itself. It is very useful and not hard on the eyes.
Underneath the Zen UI is Android 6.0. It has not upgraded yet nor do I know when it will. Right now 6.0 is fine. The enhancements the Zen UI give make it seem like Android 6.5 and it works great.
This tablet has 4GB of system memory and 64GM of storage available, plus you have the option to add a Micro SD card. The amount of storage out of the box on this tablet is great. The 4GB helps it handle multitasking and complex apps with dexterity and ease. Unless you like to pack movies and media on your tablet then the 64GB is more than enough. I, on the other hand, do pack a lot of stuff on, so I added a 64GM micro sd card just for the purpose of storing media. Apps worked wonderfully, even apps that are not meant for this type of device. I tried to load Snapchat on my Nvidia K1 and it hates it, it will not run, usually resulting in a force close or just hanging the tablet up indefinitely. The 3S drags snapchat along kicking and screaming and will run it, even though it's meant for phones. Snapchat has been my go to test for seeing just how well somethings will run apps that are resistant to some chipsets and formats. I do not do a lot of gaming on tablets. I have Fruit Ninja and Minecraft on this tablet. The both run smooth as silk without any hiccup. Apps like Facebook, Microsoft Word, and Snapseed load right away, any hesitation is usually from the app loading your information. Movies and pictures look great on the display, with many options to tweak it to your taste. Just remember, this is a 4:3 format screen, you are going to have black bars across the top and bottom of wide screen movies.
Performance benchmarks put this near the top, but not at the top. I have ran benchmarks on this and the K1. Some say this is faster, some say the K1 is faster. In games benchmarks, they all say the Nvidia K1 is faster and that really is no surprise, it's what it is made for.
The tablet uses USB-C type connection. I had to invest in those cables as having only one cable of anything is just asking for disaster. The tablet is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible, I have not tried it. The supplied plug, surprisingly, is not Quick Charge. That was a head scratcher, but not enough to detract from the over ability and usefulness of the tablet.
The battery seems good, no complaints yet. Seems to hold a charge for a good while during sleep and I get more time than I need during the day from it.
There are two cons with this tablet, one is specific to a manufacturing flaw and the other is I don't know what they were thinking.
This is my second one. The first one developed USB-C issues within a couple of days and refused to charge. I could only watch as the battery drained during normal usage. No USB-C cord that I tried would charge it. I also tried several different charging plugs to no avail. Contacted Amazon and got an rma. I had the new unit even before I sent the old one in. The second unit is working flawlessly so far.
The second con is the cameras. They are horrible. Down right stinking awful. I am of the feeling this is a software thing. There appears to be jpeg noise reduction going on in the tablet and removing a lot of detail that would ordinarily be there. That's just my guess. One of the things Asus touted this tablet about was its 8mp Pixelmaster camera and it's just wretched. I have included photos using the rear camera on the 3S compared to photos from a 2+ year old Note 4. I can only hope that Asus repairs the software control to this camera. I thought the Nvidia K1 took bad pictures. This is worse.
That's enough, I could keep going on and on. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me with questions.
Overall I rate this as Highly recommended. For the price, I doubt you are going to get a better multiple discipline tablet such as this. You could spend $100.00 less and get the K1, but you will sacrifice some compatibility with apps. The K1 is like a tactical fixed blade knife, sharp, proficient and single minded in its purpose. The Asus Zenpad 3S is the leatherman of tablets and won't break the bank. Just keep the receipt in case you have problems with the USB-C charging and don't care about taking pictures with your tablet.
323 of 334 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome tablet !!!
This is a great deal. The tablet is just awesome.
- Premium metal unibody
- 74% screen to body ratio
- Gorgeous, bright screen, 264 ppi (same as iPad)
- Looks good, feels premium, high quality build
- Very narrow bezels on the sides
- This thing is fast. I mean - FAST
- Fingerprint sensor is lightening
- Gets about 80% charge in about 30 min
- USB Type-C connector
- Expandable storage. In addition to 64 GB storage it comes with, you can have up to 256 GB more with a micro SD card.
- Comes with a free 100 GB Google Drive storage for 2 years
- Is great with the ASUS Stylus ZASUS Z Stylus for ZenPad (Z580CA; Z300C/CG/CL; Z500M)
- The tablet comes also with a stand hold (in the picture)
- The speakers are very good for a tablet. Very loud, clear sound
- The price. It is an incredible tablet with unbelievable price
- Not many things to tell here. It would be nice if it came with a stylus. The stylus costs additional $29.99 and it requires an AAAA battery to function. I'll update this review over time when I notice something additional.
I bought a case MoKo ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Case, Ultra Compact Slim Lightweight Smart Shell Triple Folding Stand Cover Case with Auto Wake / Sleep for 9.7" ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Z500M Andriod Tablet 2016 Release, Black for $8.99. It fits perfectly and looks good.
VS iPad Pro 9.7
Unlike iPad Pro, this does not have an 4G option, but it lots of advantages over an iPad. ASUS Zenpad Z500M has a 64 GB memory in base model (vs 32 GB of iPad). 4 GB ram with ASUS vs 2 GB on iPad Pro. Having exactly the same screen size and ratio as iPad, this tablet is a bit narrower than iPad and a tiny bit lighter. The screen resolution is the same as that of iPad (264 ppi) and at the same time you can expend the storage with ASUS reaching up to 320 GB, while with iPad you are stuck with what you get. iPad Pro has better camera and speakers. The speakers on the ASUS tablet are very very good and loud though. The camera is still quite good, but just not like on iPad Pro. Also iPad Pro has a 4G option, this tablet does not provide 4G connectivity. Battery life is more or less the same for both tablets, although ASUS charges crazy fast. Last but not least - the price !!! ASUS made a great job here. iPad Pro costs $599 + $99 for the pencil and you are stuck with the 32 GB storage it comes with.
With ASUS Zenpad Z500M you get premium quality tablet for the half price. Stylus is an additional $29.99, and you have a great tablet for less than $329. You also get 100 GB free Google Drive storage for 2 years and expandable storage via micro SD card.
233 of 250 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent choice. Classy. Elegant. Even has pen support. Goodbye samsung
I am coming from Samsung top of the line tablets. Galaxy Tab s2 as my latest tablet... Which is Samsung best at the moment. I've had all the other Samsung tablets in the past as well. I used my tablet daily and always have. I can say switching to this tablet was a great choice. This has an amazing premium feel. The aluminum casing is just gorgeous. Very classy. And the experience is really nice. I kind of enjoy the zsn ui as well. No issues here. And this tablet has incredibly loud speakers. The loudest I've ever heard. Like wow. I love the USB C port as well. Good choice Asus. I use this tablet for both business and pleasure... Daily. The screen is gorgeous and the resolution is perfect. It's a great experience... Especially for $300...which is way less than the Samsung tablet. The camera seems to be just so so... But I don't use tablet cameras really. Other than the front... For video... Which seems to be just fine. The metal buttons on the Asus are really premium... And I like the fingerprint implementation better than the Samsung. It's much quicker and responsive. I appreciate the 64gb version.... And also have added a 128gb micro SD card... This tablet seems to handle whatever I throw at it.. Although I can't comment on games I don't play them much. . I also bought the Asus Z stylus for writing notes etc. It's a good pen with a premium feel... And it works well. Especially for $30. It is responsive and works on all corners of the screen... Well. Finally someone put out a tablet with a pen option. No thanks to Samsung... Who won't put an s pen in a premium tablet. If you are looking for an android equivalent to the iPad pro 9.7 I think this is a great choice. And the pen is icing on the cake...