Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL-1A001A


Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL-1A001A
Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL-1A001A (ZenPad Series)
Graphics adapter
4096 MB 
7.9 inch 4:3, 2048x1536 pixel 324 PPI, capacitive Touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 22.6 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset port, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-Sensor, Compass, Hall, Proximity, Gyroscope, Miracast, USB-OTG, Wi-Fi Direct
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, 4G (Bands: 1 3 5 7 18 20 26 28 38 41), 3G (850/900/2100MHz), SAR Head: 1.420 W/kg, SAR Body: 0.955 W/kg, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.57 x 205.4 x 136.4 ( = 0.3 x 8.09 x 5.37 in)
18 Wh, 4680 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera: 8 MPix (autofocus f/2.0, 1080p video @ 30 fps)
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix Fix focus f/2.2, 720p video @ 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: 2 at the front, Keyboard: virtual, Power adapter, USB cable, ZenUI, Asus Apps, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Puffin Browser, 12 Months Warranty, USB Type-C, fanless
320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds), Power Supply: 79 g ( = 2.79 oz / 0.17 pounds)


Average Score: 89.45% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 50%, features: 45%, display: 85% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL-1A001A

84.9% Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL Tablet Review | Notebookcheck
Zen of wishes? Asus' new tablet with the size of an iPad Mini not only offers good features including WWAN modem and stereo speakers, but it is also comparatively affordable. Does the more expensive competition have a problem?
94% Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 Z581KL-1A001A
Source: SFT - 12/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 94%
Günstige iPad-mini-Alternative?
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2016
Wie gut ist das LTE Tablet?
Source: Tablet Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/23/2016
Asus ZenPad 3 8.0
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2016
Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 - vysoký výkon s otáznym využítím
Source: SK→EN
Positive: Unique 2K display; 4GB Ram; decent battery life. Negative: Mediocre cameras; plastic back cover.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2016


Model: The Asus ZenPad 3 is a premium-looking 8-inch tablet. It makes a fashion statement with its contemporary design of a brushed metallic finish and detailed concentric-circle button, which is a design unique to Asus devices. Not only is it good-looking, but it also feels good to the touch as its aluminium frame is covered with a leather pattern. In addition, it is lightweight at 320 g making it easy to be held up. Asus aims to provide users with an immersive multimedia experience with the ZenPad 3. Its 8-inch 2K (2048 x 1536 resolution) IPS display features wide 178-degree viewing angles and exclusive ASUS VisualMaster and ASUS Tru2Life+ technologies, which provide users with a rich visual experience. Asus claims that Tru2Life+ has motion-estimation and motion-compensation (MEMC) algorithms for delivering smooth, blur-free videos. Its intelligent contrast of up to 200 percent reveals and highlights vivid pictures. Images appear sharper and more life-like.

Not lacking is an equally impressive sound system. The ZenPad 3 has dual front speakers for higher volume levels. The DTS Headphone:X delivers a crisp cinematic 7.1-channel surround sound experience straight to the headphones. The ZenPad 3’s performance specs are no less remarkable. Powered by a super-fast Qualcomm S650 hexa-core processor with 4 GB RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU, the ZenPad 3 runs the latest games with ease and ensures comfortable multi-tasking. It is basically a laptop in a tablet form. Its high-capacity 4650mAh battery lasts to keep entertainment going. The tablet features a USB type-C port for faster data transfer and charging.

It comes with a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 8 MP rear snapper capable of shooting Full-HD videos. The 8 MP PixelMaster camera captures high-resolution photos. Images captured at night or in low-light environments are up to 400% brighter, even without the need for a flash. The device runs on Android 6.0 with the latest ZenUI 3.0, which provides users with the much needed accessibility and improved productivity. The ZenPad 3 is shipped with either 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. Thanks to a MicroSD slot, the storage capacity can be expanded by up to up to 128 GB. In addition, it features a MicroSIM slot. Networking is supported by both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Users may opt to accessorize the ZenPad 3 with the ASUS Zen Clutch. This stylish cover protects the ZenPad and includes convenient slots for IDs and credit cards. Packed with so many features, the ZenPad 3 is surely a capable tablet. It is also competitively priced for a high-end tablet.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 510: Integrated graphics card based on the Adreno 500 architecture, like the Adreno 520 in the Snapdragon 820. Performance should be on average similar to the old Adreno 330 in the Snapdragon 801. Supports DirectX12, OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
650 MSM8956: Upper middle class ARM based SoC with 6 CPU cores (64 Bit Cortex A72 and A53 mixture) and a Adreno 510 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.32 kg:

This weight is somewhat high for a smartphone. Smartphones with a big screen and small tablets weigh as much, usually.

Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).

89.45%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.
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Stefan Hinum, 2016-09-23 (Update: 2016-09-23)