Recently, Asus has launched series of ZenPad, part of which is the affordable version ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C). Our generous friends from Asus let us first-handedly experience it. We’ve been reviewing the unit and below are our observations.
The new Asus ZenPad is a 7.0-inch smartphone that features both the capabilities of a tablet and a smartphone.
Its IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen displays a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels and has a 67.6 percent screen to body ratio tinned with an oleophobic coating; it offers multi-touch functions up to 10 fingers. Considering its price point, the screen is certainly laudable. Viewing angles are very good, and images are more detailed when scrutinized closely.
The device’s dimension is 189 x 108 x 8.44 mm and it weighs 265 grams; and for a tablet this size, such weight is commendable. You will not get tired of holding the tablet because it isn’t that heavy.
Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (P01Y ) Specs
- 7-inch IPS display with 1024 x 600 pixels
- Intel Atom x3-C3200
- 2GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16B of storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- 2MP rear camera
- VGA 0.3MP front camera
- Dual SIM/dual-standby (not all variants)
- 3G support (Z170CG)
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 265 grams, 8.4-millimeter thickness
- Black, White, Red, Aurora Metallic
As for the general looks, the design is impressive. The gadget’s side is surrounded with silver lining that makes it look expensive and corporate at the same time. The non-removable back plate is made from high-grade plastic; it is somewhat similar to Nexus 7.
On portrait view, the volume rocker and power button can be found at the right side of the device, the 3.5mm audio jack on top, and the charging slot and microphone at the bottom.
On the upper left of the back of the device is where the rear camera is located and on the upper right for the front camera.
I have been using the tab for a while and I am quite impressed with its built; it appears to be solid and stagnant and bold. It also looks classy and well put together.
ZenPad C runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a processor of 64-bit quad-core, Intel Atom x3-C3200 chipset, and Mali 450 MP4 GPU. Its 1GB RAM, however, is a bit of a letdown, for it limits the device’s multitasking function. ZenPad kinda lags sometimes even though only a few applications are open. It has 16GB storage, which is still expandable up to 64 GB.
The good thing about the device is that it comes with ZenUI, though I suspect it contributes well with an occasional lag, it’ll give you lots of customization options.
There are a few font styles to choose from and hey, it doesn’t stop here, there will be more Skin options as long as Asus provides new updates. Aside from this, the brilliant color system that Asus advertises can be proven true with this device, thanks to its Color Temperature and Screen Color Mode features that can be customized according to your preferred screen display. Color hue and saturation can be controlled easily and accessibly. It also supports USB-OTG.
The battery is a bit of a turn off since it doesn’t last that long. I tried watching Youtube videos for like 3 and a half hours and it ate up 76% of the battery, this huge decrease, probably because of open continuous WiFi connectivity and extensive use lights and sounds. After that, I let it on stand-by and the battery died after 6 hours. So when you have a tablet like this, it’s best to have a powerbank all the time or an easy access to a power source.
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This is what I don’t get about the device. It has only 2-megapixel main camera and VGA front camera. They could’ve done better if they put the 2MP on the front instead and a much bigger MP for the rear. And due to the low-resolution cameras, pictures do not appear very good. They’re kind of grainy and pixelated.
While this device may lack excellent phone features, it is complemented by the quality of sound it gives. The device provides very good sound quality although it has only one speaker located in front. I have to say I’m really impressed with its DTS sound.
As a cellular phone, it’s alright. It has two micro-SIM slots located in the back on the lower right of the device, alongside with the microSD slot. It also has 3G capability.
There are a few letdowns Asus ZenPad C 7.0 has, but we have to remember that this is a budget tablet. For those looking for an affordable way to enjoy smartphone features in a bigger screen, this particular ZenPad is the best way to do so while not breaking the bank. It is compact and ideal for media consumption on-the-go. It costs only Php5,995. Available now in colors Black, White, Red, and Aurora Metallic.