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Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A Tablet Review

Oliver Moebel, Manuel Masiero (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/24/2016

The same, but one size bigger, please. The hardware in Asus' ZenPad 10.0 is largely identical to that of the 8.0-inch version, which convinced us in terms of price-performance. Thus, the total rating will mostly depend on the quality of the main differentiator - namely, the 10-inch display.

For the original German review, see here.

With its latest ZenPad series, Asus promises a lot of tablet for the money. The recently tested ZenPad 8.0 Z380M has already proven that this statement can be taken very seriously. The same ARM SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz in conjunction with 2 GB of RAM also operates in the now current, two-inch larger review sample - hence, low-cost hardware that can nevertheless provide enough power.

Also the same: The screen's relatively low resolution of 1280x800 pixels, now distributed over a screen diagonal of 10 inches – first of all, this is a (theoretical) drawback for image sharpness. On the other hand, a much larger battery for longer runtimes can be installed into a 10-inch device.

However, this is all just pure theory - we will discover how the 200-Euro (~$226) ZenPad 10.0 Z300M fares in practice in our in-depth test. Android-based devices, such as Amazon's Fire HD 10Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab A 9.7 are roughly within a comparable price and performance category. We also use the ZenPad 8.0 Z380M to illustrate the similarities and differences between the review sample and its smaller sibling.

Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3L
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 149 PPI, capacitive, 10 touch points, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20.5 GB available, 20.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD/SDXC max. 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: ambient light, accelerometer, eCompass, Hall sensor, Miracast
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 249 x 172 ( = 0.31 x 9.8 x 6.77 in)
Battery
18 Wh, 4680 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 5 MPix autofocus, video recordings in 1920x1080 pixels
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix video recordings in 640x480 pixels
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, power supply, USB cable, warranty conditions, quick start guide, ZenUI, Google Apps, Mobile Device Management Support, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
503 g ( = 17.74 oz / 1.11 pounds), Power Supply: 56 g ( = 1.98 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The design of the current ZenPad series is familiar from the review of the Z380M. The ZenPad 10.0 Z300M is made of precisely manufactured, twist-resistant hard plastic. The tablet looks anything but cheap thanks to striking components, such as the back cover's textile texture and metallic display bezel. The weight of 500 grams (~1.1 lb) is acceptable, and there should not be any problems when using both hands. However, holding it in one hand for a prolonged period could get rather tiring.

Size Comparison

262 mm / 10.3 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 432 g0.952 lbs259.1 mm / 10.2 inch 156.4 mm / 6.16 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 461 g1.016 lbs253 mm / 9.96 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 665 g1.466 lbs249 mm / 9.8 inch 172 mm / 6.77 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 503 g1.109 lbs242.5 mm / 9.55 inch 166.8 mm / 6.57 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 456 g1.005 lbs

Connectivity

Apparently, the same SD card reader model is used throughout the ZenPad line. In any case, we measured almost the same (low) performance level that we had determined previously using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference SD card.

At least our ZenPad 10.0 Z300M has been equipped solidly with a 32 GB eMMC storage - 20 Euros (~$23) more compared with the 16 GB version are certainly well invested considering the card reader's modest performance. 5 GB of Asus web storage for an unlimited time, plus 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years are also included in the price.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24.7 MB/s ∼100%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37 MB/s ∼100%

The interface configuration is largely what is common in the lower to medium price range: A micro-USB 2.0 port (without USB OTG support for connecting, e.g. USB flash drives), a microphone/headphone combo jack, that is almost it.

Furthermore, a docking port is present. Its usefulness seems questionable (see "Accessories" further below). Miracast is available for playing screen content on external monitors.

Right: No interfaces
Right: No interfaces
Left: Volume control, microphone, microphone/headphone combo, micro-USB 2.0
Left: Volume control, microphone, microphone/headphone combo, micro-USB 2.0
Upper edge: Power/standby button
Upper edge: Power/standby button
Lower edge: Micro-SD slot, docking port
Lower edge: Micro-SD slot, docking port

Software

The software configuration in the form of Android 6.0 covered with the Zen user interface is up-to-date. It is also absolutely identical to that of the ZenPad 8.0, and thus we would refer to the corresponding review here.

Communication and GPS

We see a familiar picture here, as well. Our Wi-Fi-only version of the ZenPad 10.0 offers a maximum Wi-Fi performance in the 802.11n standard and is roughly on par with the ZenPad 8.0.

Asus offers its 10-inch ZenPads as both LTE and UMTS versions (Z300CNL and Z300CG). The LTE version features 32 GB of storage and Intel's Atom Z3560 CPU, costs roughly 40 Euros (~$45) more, and promises a decent performance advantage, at a reasonable price. This looks rather different with the 3G version: Its performance with Intel's Atom x3-C3230RK places it between our review sample and the LTE model. However, with only 16 GB of eMMC storage, Asus is currently asking the same price of 250 Euros (~$283) as that of the LTE model in its online shop.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
90.2 MBit/s ∼33%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
81.4 MBit/s ∼30% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
274 MBit/s ∼100% +204%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
91.2 MBit/s ∼38%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
93.5 MBit/s ∼39% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
239 MBit/s ∼100% +162%

Legend

 
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585 Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Once again, the GPS module's performance convinces us. The ZenPad 10.0 Z300M can replace a navigation system when required.

Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Total route
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Total route
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Woods
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Woods
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Bridge
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Total route
Garmin Edge 500: Total route
Garmin Edge 500: Woods
Garmin Edge 500: Woods
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge

Cameras

Both cameras in the review sample of the ZenPad 10.0 are identical to the lenses in the ZenPad 8.0 Z380M in terms of resolution, features, and image quality- further information can be found in the corresponding test.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Accessories and Warranty

Once again, a familiar picture is seen in the included accessories: Only a USB power supply and cable, a quick start guide and warranty card are included in the box. The standard warranty is 12 months (pick-up & return) and can be extended by a year for a surcharge.

The ZenPad 10.0 Z300M features a docking port; however, it does not seem as if there are any dedicated accessories currently on the market. The keyboard advertised as a useful extension, is not connected physically to the ZenPad but via Bluetooth. In line with its name "Audio Dock", it houses a pair of stereo speakers. Its price: approximately 70 Euros (~$79). The active stylus for roughly 35 Euros (~$39) in Asus' online shop is another inputting method.

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The IPS panel in our review sample has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, i.e. 149 PPI, at a screen diagonal of 10 inches. Thus, symbols and fonts on the screen are not as sharp as on the ZenPad 8.0 with the same resolution - but this does not hurt the eyes.

Only Huawei's MediaPad T2 has more pixels in the comparison field of low-cost, 10-inch Android devices. Apparently, cutbacks are quite often made in screen resolution in the lower price range.

By and large, all display-relevant specifications of the ZenPad 10.0 are within the range of those provided by the competition. In detail:

The average screen brightness of 350 cd/m² is mediocre; Amazon's Fire HD, for example, shows the brightness that a very affordable tablet can achieve. The fluctuation range of the screen's brightness is roughly 10% - it is highest in the center with 370 cd/m² and decreases slightly, especially toward the corners (but this effect is not visible to the naked eye).

336
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
361
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
358
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 370 cd/m² Average: 351.2 cd/m² Minimum: 4.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 370 cd/m²
Contrast: 925:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 6.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
83.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.17
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
IPS, 1280x800, 8
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
TFT, 1024x768, 9.7
Screen
-2%
-2%
19%
13%
3%
Brightness middle
370
363
-2%
392
6%
363
-2%
458
24%
394
6%
Brightness
351
348
-1%
385
10%
344
-2%
434
24%
392
12%
Brightness Distribution
89
90
1%
91
2%
87
-2%
86
-3%
80
-10%
Black Level *
0.4
0.26
35%
0.59
-48%
0.34
15%
0.43
-8%
0.51
-28%
Contrast
925
1396
51%
664
-28%
1068
15%
1065
15%
773
-16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.6
5.8
-26%
4.5
2%
3.25
29%
4.18
9%
3.59
22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.5
17.8
-87%
7.8
18%
5.68
40%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.5
5.5
15%
4.8
26%
2.78
57%
4.54
30%
4.25
35%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.24 98%
2.47 89%
2.23 99%
2.15 102%
2.56 86%
CCT
6354 102%
7388 88%
7426 88%
6722 97%
7083 92%
7148 91%

* ... smaller is better

Like its smaller sibling, Asus' ZenPad 10.0 is quite liberal in terms of color accuracy. The measurements using a Colorimeter and the CalMAN software present a clear shift from the sRGB reference in both the primary and mixed colors. The blue tones in particular show clear peaks. The color temperature is, however, close to the ideal, and the gamma curve also fits. The "Vivid" mode does its job and produces brighter colors. They are even further away from the reference than in the "Balanced" mode. Asus' Splendid app allows adapting the color temperature, saturation, and mixture. Thus, the user can approach his/her personal optimum step by step.

Grayscale, display mode "Adapted"
Grayscale, display mode "Adapted"
Colorspace, display mode "Adapted"
Colorspace, display mode "Adapted"
Saturation Sweeps, display mode "Adapted"
Saturation Sweeps, display mode "Adapted"
ColorChecker, display mode "Adapted"
ColorChecker, display mode "Adapted"
Grayscale, display mode "Balanced"
Grayscale, display mode "Balanced"
Colorspace, display mode "Balanced"
Colorspace, display mode "Balanced"
Saturation Sweeps,display mode "Balanced"
Saturation Sweeps,display mode "Balanced"
ColorChecker, display mode "Balanced"
ColorChecker, display mode "Balanced"
Grayscale, display mode "Vivid"
Grayscale, display mode "Vivid"
Colorspace, display mode "Vivid"
Colorspace, display mode "Vivid"
Saturation Sweeps, display mode "Vivid"
Saturation Sweeps, display mode "Vivid"
ColorChecker, display mode "Vivid"
ColorChecker, display mode "Vivid"
Color temperature settings
Color temperature settings

With 925:1, the contrast ratio is also situated in the lower range. By comparison: We measured a top contrast of almost 1400:1 in the smaller ZenPad. This prevents images from looking as vivid on the 10-inch panel. However, a look at the comparison chart shows that much worse is possible.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 36 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
68 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 46 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40 ms).

The combination of an average maximum brightness and rather low image contrast makes it difficult to use the ZenPad 10.0 everywhere and at all times in the outdoors. Recognizing contents becomes difficult as soon as the user leaves the shade. Also, the reflection of the sky can cover the image in an unfavorable angle.

On the other hand, the viewing angle stability can be described as very good, and corresponds to the expectations placed on an IPS panel. Unfortunately, signs of backlight bleeding are visible in the corners on a completely black screen.

In sunlight (without reflections)
In sunlight (without reflections)
In sunlight (with reflections)
In sunlight (with reflections)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Weak backlight bleeding in the corners
Weak backlight bleeding in the corners

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1923 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting
≤ 120 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 1923 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % (120 cd/m²) and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1923 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

Flickering occurs at relatively low brightness settings, so extended use at this brightness setting or lower can cause eyestrain.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9457 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Input Devices and Handling

Using the screen as an input method functions very well - both in portrait and in landscape mode, and due to its size advantage, it is even slightly better than on the ZenPad 8.0. The individual keys on the virtual keyboard are not only larger and thus increase the chance of hitting the right key, the additional space also allows fading in a tab button that is very useful when filling out web forms.

The virtual keyboard in portrait mode...
The virtual keyboard in portrait mode...
...and landscape mode
...and landscape mode

Performance

Like the 8-inch ZenPad Z380M, the ZenPad 10.0 Z300M is based on MediaTek's MT8163 V/B SoC. The quad-core processor clocks at a maximum of 1.3 GHz and is supported by the Mali-T720 MP2 graphics unit clocked at 520 MHz.

Generally, a familiar picture is seen here again – as expected, the benchmark outcomes correspond almost exactly to those of the 8-inch device. Weaknesses in graphics performance counter outstanding scores in application-oriented test scenarios (PCMark, AnTuTu) focused on the overall system performance. It is simply well-balanced - it was always possible to work smoothly with our review sample in everyday use.

Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1972 Points ∼5%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1888 Points ∼5% -4%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3046 Points ∼8% +54%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
659 Points ∼13%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
617 Points ∼13% -6%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
681 Points ∼14% +3%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
916 Points ∼21%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
920 Points ∼21% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1040 Points ∼23% +14%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
203 Points ∼2%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
203 Points ∼2% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
81 Points ∼1% -60%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
245 Points ∼3%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
246 Points ∼3% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
102 Points ∼1% -58%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10816 Points ∼13%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10857 Points ∼13% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7964 Points ∼9% -26%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6786 Points ∼8% -37%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8558 Points ∼10% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9168 Points ∼11% -15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5490 Points ∼1%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5326 Points ∼1% -3%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7737 Points ∼1% +41%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4092 Points ∼1% -25%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10844 Points ∼2% +98%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3838 Points ∼1% -30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6165 Points ∼3%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6006 Points ∼3% -3%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7786 Points ∼3% +26%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4488 Points ∼2% -27%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10236 Points ∼4% +66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4407 Points ∼2% -29%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼0% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼0% +40%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.4 fps ∼0% -46%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼0% +50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.3 fps ∼0% -47%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 fps ∼1% +6%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼0% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.3 fps ∼0% -42%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼1% +38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼0% -31%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼1%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.6 fps ∼1% +3%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.6 fps ∼1% +60%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.8 fps ∼0% -49%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.2 fps ∼1% +106%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.8 fps ∼0% -49%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7 fps ∼2%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.2 fps ∼2% +3%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.2 fps ∼1% -26%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.8 fps ∼1% -46%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼3% +71%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.5 fps ∼1% -36%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2.3 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.3 fps ∼0% 0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.2 fps ∼0% +39%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.1 fps ∼0% +2%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7 fps ∼0% +40%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4246 Points ∼22%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4507 Points ∼23% +6%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3536 Points ∼18% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2720 Points ∼14% -36%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4061 Points ∼21% -4%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
762 Points ∼37%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
655 Points ∼32% -14%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9 Points ∼0% -99%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
527 Points ∼26% -31%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
856 Points ∼42% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
633 Points ∼31% -17%
Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
339 Points ∼1%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
339 Points ∼1% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
729 Points ∼3% +115%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
274 Points ∼1% -19%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
573 Points ∼2% +69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
312 Points ∼1% -8%
Memory (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
910 Points ∼12%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
908 Points ∼12% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
750 Points ∼10% -18%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
229 Points ∼3% -75%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
275 Points ∼4% -70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
537 Points ∼7% -41%
System (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1277 Points ∼8%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1271 Points ∼8% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1250 Points ∼8% -2%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
793 Points ∼5% -38%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1433 Points ∼9% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1050 Points ∼6% -18%
Overall (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
749 Points ∼9%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
712 Points ∼8% -5%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
283 Points ∼3% -62%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
402 Points ∼5% -46%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
663 Points ∼8% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
577 Points ∼7% -23%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
36602 Points ∼13%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
36440 Points ∼13% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
29823 Points ∼11% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22422 Points ∼8% -39%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
30993 Points ∼11% -15%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.36 MB/s ∼3%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.35 MB/s ∼3% +13%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.86 MB/s ∼4% +34%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.12 MB/s ∼1% -58%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.59 MB/s ∼2% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.48 MB/s ∼5% +70%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.79 MB/s ∼15%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.96 MB/s ∼13% -15%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.59 MB/s ∼8% -43%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.9 MB/s ∼6% -58%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.84 MB/s ∼8% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.56 MB/s ∼12% -16%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121.22 MB/s ∼24%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.71 MB/s ∼9% -62%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
78.2 MB/s ∼16% -35%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.15 MB/s ∼10% -59%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.06 MB/s ∼2% -90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.91 MB/s ∼12% -51%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
163.48 MB/s ∼11%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
158.44 MB/s ∼11% -3%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
131.04 MB/s ∼9% -20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
127.82 MB/s ∼9% -22%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
126.04 MB/s ∼9% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
144.73 MB/s ∼10% -11%

Looking at the browser test scores perplexed us for a moment: Our review sample had a measurable lead on its smaller sibling in three of four tests despite virtually identical hardware. The reason is probably found in the preloaded web browsers - Chrome 46 is apparently slightly stronger than version 52. Thus, even sophisticated websites that contain Java Script elements or embedded videos are loaded largely without lags.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3320 Points ∼57%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2821 Points ∼48% -15%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2672 Points ∼46% -20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2152 Points ∼37% -35%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5835 Points ∼100% +76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2925 Points ∼50% -12%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12839.9 ms * ∼84%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12160.7 ms * ∼80% +5%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14064 ms * ∼92% -10%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15228.5 ms * ∼100% -19%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5658.4 ms * ∼37% +56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13257.2 ms * ∼87% -3%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61 Points ∼73%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
57 Points ∼68% -7%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56 Points ∼67% -8%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44 Points ∼52% -28%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
84 Points ∼100% +38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
47 Points ∼56% -23%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
21.2 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
19.3 Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.187 Points ∼67% -33%

* ... smaller is better

The performance of the 32 GB eMMC storage is impressive: Except for writing small data blocks, the ZenPad 10.0 places itself ahead of its rivals. This also most probably contributes to the subjectively high work speed in routine use.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.36 MB/s ∼59%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.86 MB/s ∼79% +34%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.12 MB/s ∼25% -58%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.59 MB/s ∼45% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.48 MB/s ∼100% +70%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.35 MB/s ∼67% +13%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.79 MB/s ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.59 MB/s ∼57% -43%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.9 MB/s ∼42% -58%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.84 MB/s ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.56 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.96 MB/s ∼85% -15%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121.22 MB/s ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
78.2 MB/s ∼65% -35%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.15 MB/s ∼41% -59%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.06 MB/s ∼10% -90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.91 MB/s ∼49% -51%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.71 MB/s ∼38% -62%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
163.48 MB/s ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
131.04 MB/s ∼80% -20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
127.82 MB/s ∼78% -22%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
126.04 MB/s ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
144.73 MB/s ∼89% -11%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 16 GB eMMC Flash
158.44 MB/s ∼97% -3%

Games

Owing to the identical system performance and screen resolution, there is no significant difference between the 8-inch and 10-inch ZenPads in gaming performance. It is even enough for more demanding mobile games in practice. The game "Asphalt 8" also proved that the tablet's position sensors function impeccably.

"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
"Dead Trigger 2"
"Dead Trigger 2"
Asphalt 8: Airborne - high
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
43 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
42 fps ∼98% -2%
Dead Trigger 2 - high
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
48 fps ∼100%
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
46 fps ∼96% -4%

Legend

 
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Emissions

Temperature

The heat produced during full load is distributed well before it is discharged. We measured an uncritical 35.6 °C (~96 °F) on the hottest spot. The system copes with idle mode without heat issues, anyway.

The review sample performed well in the GFXBench battery test that pushes the system to its highest performance for roughly a quarter of an hour, and without any noteworthy performance fluctuations.

GFXBench battery test: Total outcome
GFXBench battery test: Total outcome
GFXBench: Performance
GFXBench: Performance
GFXBench: Battery consumption
GFXBench: Battery consumption
Max. Load
 30.9 °C
88 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 32.5 °C
91 F
28.7 °C
84 F
29.5 °C
85 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 32.5 °C = 91 F
Average: 29.6 °C = 85 F
27.7 °C
82 F
28.2 °C
83 F
32 °C
90 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28 °C
82 F
35.6 °C
96 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.7 °C
84 F
31.7 °C
89 F
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.5 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.5 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.4 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Speaker assessments (off, half volume, maximum volume)
Speaker assessments (off, half volume, maximum volume)

It looks as if the stereo speakers in the display's upper edge occupy the entire width of the device. However, that is only decor. The output also corresponds to the average in the tablet sector. That means virtually non-existing basses as well as relatively decent mids and trebles. The speakers at least achieve quite a high volume with roughly 84 dB(A). It is enough for VoIP or the occasional YouTube video, but real music enjoyment is only possible via headphones or external speakers. The keyboard with integrated active stereo speakers that Asus offers could also be a solution, but it was not provided to us for testing.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.125.727.425.12525.624.326.625.63125.725.127.225.7403326.831.2335028.124.827.828.16325.224.225.625.28032.223.224.232.210029.827.926.329.812538.438.835.938.416032.936.920.332.920045.150.619.145.125048.753.721.448.731552.656.922.552.640051.356.623.251.350055.961.823.455.963059.364.819.359.380064.269.317.264.210006570.619.16512506469.118.264160063.168.114.563.1200065.77115.965.7250068.373.314.268.3315067.672.213.967.6400067.172.213.967.1500068.473.513.568.4630073.578.313.373.5800069.773.91369.71000058.162.51358.11250048.652.71348.61600046.350.312.946.3SPL79.284.129.479.2N43.458.61.343.4median 59.3median 64.8median 17.2median 59.3Delta8.7104.18.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039AApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.12 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 49% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)
Rate 1: Pink Noise 100% volume; Rate 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The review sample's energy requirement is rather low in both idle mode and during load. Its higher consumption compared with the ZenPad 8.0 is probably mainly due to the larger screen.

We measured a pleasingly low standby consumption of 0.12 watts from the ZenPad 10.0. However, it takes approximately 5 hours for the battery to fully charge, even without additional consumption.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.22 / 3.15 / 3.39 Watt
Load midlight 3.95 / 5.64 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Compared with the competition, the ZenPad 10.0 Z300M's battery life is mediocre. Seen on its own, 435 minutes, i.e. roughly 7.5 hours, is not bad in the practical Wi-Fi test, as that is almost enough for a whole work day. However, the Yoga Tab 3 and Galaxy Tab prove that much better runtimes are possible in the 10-inch category.

The relatively tight battery capacity of our review sample takes its toll. This is also evident when compared with the 8-inch ZenPad that has even fewer reserves, but also a smaller, less consuming screen - thus, it also lasts slightly longer.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 46.0.2490.76)
7h 15min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 39min
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
4680 mAh
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
6600 mAh
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
10200 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
 mAh
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M-6B026A
4000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-5%
68%
-9%
78%
4%
Reader / Idle
1275
1230
-4%
2830
122%
1142
-10%
2950
131%
1305
2%
H.264
603
593
-2%
740
23%
624
3%
624
3%
WiFi v1.3
435
416
-4%
776
78%
450
3%
862
98%
472
9%
Load
279
248
-11%
415
49%
188
-33%
297
6%
287
3%

Pros

+ overall good price-performance ratio
+ accurate GPS
+ touchscreen's decent performance
+ very low temperature development

Cons

- screen's low resolution; only mediocre brightness and contrast
- long charging times
- no fast WiFi 802.11ac
- slow card reader

Verdict

In review: Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A. Review sample courtesy of Asus Germany
In review: Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A. Review sample courtesy of Asus Germany

For roughly 200 Euros (~$226), the ZenPad 10.0 Z300M presents a good performance: The hardware performance is sufficient in all application scenarios, the GPS module can compete against a full-fledged navigation system, and the touchscreen is absolutely convincing as an input device.

The screen's pure visual performance is satisfactory overall, but it does not excite us. The resolution of 1280x800 pixels is basically too low for a modern 10-inch device - at least when the screen cannot serve with top contrast rates that would mask the reduced image sharpness (as in our review sample).

Otherwise, the (few) clear negative points are the same as those that we have mentioned in the verdict of the review of the ZenPad 8.0, which are: the absence of Wi-Fi 802.11ac support, the poor front-facing camera, and the slow card reader.

This does not put the overall good price-performance ratio of Asus's ZenPad 10.0 fundamentally into question. Comparably priced 10-inch rivals, such as MediaPad's T2 10.0 Pro or Amazon's Fire HD 10, are ultimately also always compromises. If the size is not important, it might be worthwhile to look at Asus' ZenPad 8.0 since it can boast with a better screen and slightly longer runtimes for 50 Euros (~56) less. However, it is currently only available with 16 GB of internal storage.

Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A - 08/17/2016 v5.1(old)
Oliver Moebel

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
83 / 80 → 100%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
42 / 65 → 64%
Weight
83 / 40-88 → 90%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
12 / 68 → 17%
Application Performance
38 / 76 → 49%
Temperature
94%
Noise
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
63 / 85 → 74%
Average
70%
83%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Oliver Moebel, 2016-08-24 (Update: 2016-08-24)