At this point, the Asus Zenpad Z8 is not yet officially in the market, but it is already making headlines as the more responsible alternative to Apple's iPad Mini. At a little more than half the cost of the iPad mini, the Asus Zenpad Z8 sure still packs a punch.
According the Yibada, the Asus alternative boasts a display of 7.9 inches with 2048 by 1536 pixels resolution and runs on Android 6.01 Marshmallow. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset and built in 64-bit hexa-core processor. It runs on a 4680mAH battery, meaning it is useable for a total of 13 hours of constant use, or 23 days on standby.
It has as much as 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. If this is not enough for the user, there is a microSD card slot that is compatible with as much as 128GB. The Asus Zenpad Z8 sports an 8 megapixel rear camera and a modest 2 megapixel front camera.
The Zenpad Z8 is also comes with an Adreno 510 graphics processor, which is powerful enough to process 4k videos. The gadget's GPU also supports Vulkan - so any games written with that application programming interface are playable with the item.
PC World notes that the only real choice between an iPad and the Zenpad is whether or not the user wants a device that runs on iOS, or Android. It even has a USB Type C port built in which means the Zenpad Z8 is easily connected to external devices and can also be used to charge the gadget.
Though the iPad is still lighter, the difference is hardly noticeable. The Apple device weighs 304 grams, while Asus' Zenpad Z8 weighs in at 320 grams.
The gadget will be available for purchase for $249.99 starting June 23.