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With the increasing trend of tablets in today’s market scenario, there is a demand for tablets which are high on power and compact in size. One would not really want a tablet with a high horsepower and a ten inch screen size. This is where the ASUS ZenPad 7 comes into picture. Priced at Rs. 11,999, ASUS ZenPad 7 is compact in size with a 7-inch display and is powered by an Intel processor. At the mentioned price, this is one of the best value for money Android tablet available in the market. We did get to have our hands on a Black coloured ASUS ZenPad 7 and here’s what we have to say about it.

Specifications

GENERAL
Dimensions (mm) 189 x 110.9 x 8.7 mm
Weight (g) 272
Battery capacity (mAh) 13Wh
Removable battery No
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 216
HARDWARE
Processor 900MHz Quad-core
Processor make Intel Atom x3-C3230
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB, expandable upto 128GB with microSD card slot
CAMERA
Rear camera 8 megapixel
Flash No
Front camera 2 megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 5.0.2
Skin ZenUI
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, v4
NFC No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
PRICE
Price Rs. 11,999

Design

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If you look at the previous models of the ASUS ZenPad series, the design really hasn’t been able to be at par. However, ZenPad 7 brings a change and has an excellent design to the overall compact tablet. You have an option to use it with the regular textured plastic cover or the audio cover. The regular textured cover provides a good grip while holding the tablet. Having said that, we would like to bring to your notice that the audio cover needs to be bought separately which we recommend you buy too. In order to use the audio cover, you need to take off the original textured back cover and attach the tablet to the audio cover. It did take us some effort to take off the back cover as it is properly locked at all the edges. The audio cover is a part of the ASUS Collections and gives a rich look to the device.

The compactness of the ASUS ZenPad 7 gets an even better look with the leather audio cover. The tablet has round edges with the power button and volume rockers on the right side. While the microUSB slot is at the bottom, the 3.5mm audio jack is at the top of the ZenPad 7. The chrome lining across the edge of the tablet gives an elegant feel of the device. With a display size of 7-inch, ZenPad 7 has thin bezels on the side whereas thick bezels on the top and the bottom. Removing the rear cover gives you the access to the microSD card slot and SIM card slot.

Display

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ASUS ZenPad 7 comes with a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. Talking about the protection, it comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass. So yes, ZenPad 7 is handy for your daily use. Apart from a little pixillation in a few apps, the 7-inch HD display does show off some good clarity too. We did watch HD videos on YouTube and they appeared quite pleasant. The viewing angles are pretty decent and so are the contrast levels. Watching movies is an altogether a different experience if you have the audio cover attached.

Camera

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ASUS ZenPad comes with a 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front snapper. The camera gives out good pictures in ideal light conditions, mainly with the daylight shots. However, the quality dip is a little evident when it comes to clicking in low light. There are a number of features that come along in the native camera app such as GIF Animation, Depth of Field, Smart Remove and a few more. The video camera is capable of shooting HD videos and the front camera gives a pleasant experience in video calling.




Performance and Software

Like the previous members of the ZenPad family, ASUS ZenPad 7 tablet houses the ZenUI over the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS. ZenUI comes with a lot of pre-loaded apps, including the ones which are rarely used as well. But the good part is that you have the liberty to uninstall these apps so as to free up some space off the inbuilt storage. We did the like the ZenUI though, the Settings app especially, the options seem to be pretty well categorised and organised. There is an app called the Kids Mode which only allows access to the apps to which only your kids would need the access. Other app include Photo Collage and Power Saver.

Because of the heavy ZenUI and a number of pre-loaded apps, there is a slight lag which you might experience in the app switching. The auto rotation too did not work a couple of times during our period of use. With the audio cover installed, the audio output comes out to be quite good with no distortion on higher volume levels. The cover also allows you to place the tablet in the landscape mode and have a pleasant movie experience with some clear sound.

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ASUS ZenPad 7 is powered by the quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3230 chipset clocked at 900MHz along with Mali 450 GPU. To ramp up the multitasking, the tablet comes with 2GB RAM. Talking about the storage, the ZenPad 7 has an internal storage of 16GB and can be expanded by up to 128GB with the microSD card slot.

Moving on to the connectivity front, there is 3G micro SIM card slot, Wi-fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. There is no FM Radio. The tablet is powered by a 13Wh non-removable battery and the audio cover too has a 2300mAh battery. The audio cover has five speakers and one sub woofer underneath a textured grilled section.

Personal and Professional Partner

During our use of ASUS ZenPad 7, we used it for doing multiple things- listening to songs on Saavn, YouTube, playing around with the Camera modes and it all worked seamlessly. What more? The presence of the audio cover made watching movies an exciting experience. Not to forget, gaming on the ASUS ZenPad 7 is a lot of fun. I personally spent a lot of time playing Final Fantasy VI. On the other hand, while at work, we even used the well developed ZenUI’s Notes app. The device has always been very convenient to carry owing to its compact built and rear textured cover provides a firm grip when in use.

Verdict for ASUS ZenPad 7

With a price tag of Rs. 11,999, ASUS ZenPad 7 seems to be a decent enough option in the tablet market. It has it all in it to be used for both personal and professional work. Powered by an Intel processor, the ZenPad 7 is good on performance and provides a glitch-free work flow.

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