REVIEW ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 (Z370CG)

Welcome to Editors Delight’s review of ASUS Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG).

ASUS India has finally hit the market with their tablet ZEDPAD 7.0 (Z370CG). The Taiwanese manufacturer who once ruled the market of 7.0 inch tablet with their niche products i.e. NEXUS 7 series have again delivered a quality product at the right price available in three different colour options of White, Black & Aurora Metallic.1

2The package Box contains 2 individual boxes out of which 1st one contains the tablet itself along with a charger and micro USB cable with user manuals.4

The second one has the speaker back cover which sports Dolby 5.1 channel DTS surround sound.5

The tablet is currently being sold at approx Rs. 11,999/- in market with the speaker cover sold separately at another Rs. 3,000/-. Asus Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG) is the first tablet to have interchangeable back cover, allowing users to add longer battery life and integrated speaker in the back cover.

a) Physical Detailing:6

Having a sturdy built body with changeable back covers ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 (Z370CG) becomes a real bliss to use. Having dimensions 189×110.9×8.7mm and weighing just 272 GM makes it handy for single handed use.7

Casing is solidly built with a leather type finish at the back panel giving it a textured and premium feel. The power On/off button and the volume rockers are placed on the right hand side apart from which there is no other physical buttons, Top contains 3.5mm audio jack and bottom has a micro-USB and microphone slot giving the tablet the calling functionality. The speaker is placed at the front along with the headpiece giving rich sound experience.8

The back panel is removable and replaceable where as the battery is sealed and non replaceable. Slots for the micro SD card expandable up to 128 GB and a micro SIM card are located underneath the back cover itself.

b) Display:

The screen has been powered up with 7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive display having 800 x 1280 pixels having 216 ppi pixel density and 72% screen to body ratio. Viewing angles are also good at 179 degrees.9

With TRU2LIFE technology, which claims to bring the same high end TV HDR technology to the tablet one can notice improved sharpness, contrast and better outdoor visibility.

Asus has made the display out of two layers rather than four thus reducing the conventional air gap. Touch panel layer and cover glass have been placed as such to achieve higher (>94%) optical transparency. It also supports the multi touch function up to 10 touch points giving users a better gaming and drawing experience.

Asus has also fitted in a Bluelight filter which reduces blue light emission by 30% and that too without disturbing the other color balance, providing more comfortable viewing experience and more happy eyes.

Also the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and Oleophobic coating.

c) Platform/Processor:

Powered by 64 bits Intel Atom, Quad Core X3-C3230 Processor clocked at 1.2 GHz having 2GB RAM the tablet does all the routine tasks thrown at it with ease.

Internal storage capacity is 16.0 GB out of which 11.0 GB is available for user. GPU supports 3D graphics and is having ARM MALI-450 MP4. The device is operating on Android v5. 0 (Lollipop) out of the box. It easily works through all the daily needs with ease and give a good user experience.

d) Camera:

Asus tablet sports a dual camera with a rear autofocus camera of 8MP with a large aperture of f/2.0 and front camera of 2MP having a similar aperture along with 140 degrees selfie Panorama capabilities.10 clicked using zenpad 7.0 HDR Mode

(Clicked using Zenpad 7.0, HDR mode)

The rear camera is equipped with 15 effects mode and front camera with 8 including Low Light Mode, HDR, Beautification, Time Lapse, time Rewind & Smart Remove modes with deletes the moving object from the background of your shots.

Zenpad also has an ability to merge 4 pixels into 1 super pixel, thus making images 400% brighter at night. This feature reduces the noise levels and increase the contrast levels by 200%, making it a perfect click.

Captured videos can also be edited using Mini Movie application, making your memories into slides in a couple of easy steps. Videos can be played at 1080p @ 30 frames per seconds, making it free from all kinds of flutters.

The camera performs way better than its some of the competitors available in the market and captures some of the best shots with negligible shutter lag. Selfies also comes out to be more natural and realistic with wider capturing angles.

e) Sound:

With 1x dts HD Premium Sound speaker placement in front along with the earpiece the tablet gives a good experience to its users.11

Additional 5.1 surround sound through changeable back cover it creates a cinema style experience with a viewing device in the landscape mode. The dialogue seems to be crisp and clear and with the ability to enhance Bass and Treble levels to almost double, Zedpad allows users to experience the volume increase up to 300%.

The single strip of speaker embedded in cover consists of four main speakers, one Centre and one Subwoofer. Cover is also chargeable having 2300 mAh battery and a single time battery charge life of 6 hrs.

f) Battery:12

With boasting such features the lifeline of the device i.e. battery is hefty 3450 mAh Li-polymer battery giving it a decent one time charge strength of 8 hrs which can be increased to 14 hrs with the usage of the Asus protective cover.

g) Connectivity:

Tablet consists of Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP, 3G and it also supports Mira cast.

h) Supporting Features:

  • The Asus tablet is enabled with calling functionality, making tablet fit to replace a phone.
  • Touch gestures are supported like drawing ‘C’ opens camera and ‘W’ opens the browser, double tap on screen wakes the tab from sleep and Flip makes the device silent.
  • Kids’ mode app opens a safe area for kids while using the tab preventing access to sites which needs to be kept out of reach for them.

FINAL VERDICT:

With loads of features Asus Zenpad 7.0 is one of the above average device in the mid range tablet segment. The standout feature is the audio functionality which it bundles with the audio cover.

The Intel Atom x3 chipset is not the fastest one around and the performance was bit sluggish thanks to the heavy ZenUI skin. Casual gaming is possible with ease, but with heavy games we did notice lag and frame loss. Internal storage expansion comes in handy and good HD screen makes it a good candidate for Movie lovers or for people who want to use the device to watch content on the go.

Priced at Rs. 11,999/- for the tablet and another Rs. 3,000/- for the Audio cover, Asus gives an option to enhance the audio experience bundled with the flip cover at a decent amount.

People looking for a tablet with calling functionality with good HD screen and feature rich device will not be disappointed with Asus Zenpad 7.0. We at Editors Delight gives a thumbs up to the device and would recommend it for the casual tablet users.

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