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Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL) Tablet Review

Marcus Herbrich (translated by Mark Riege), 05/24/2017

For traveling. With the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE, now the LTE version of the Asus tablet series runs through our tests. You can find out in our detailed review, whether the purchase of the LTE device costing 450 Euros (~$504) is worth it.

For the original German review, see here.

The Asus 9.7-inch tablet was already introduced in the Z500M model version in September of last year and also during last year's IFA - however, without an integrated LTE modem. Now the Taiwanese manufacturer reissues its Android tablet with LTE support as the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL. 

Visually, the premium device has not changed much in comparison to its Z500M sibling model. The display also continues to be based on the IPS technology and has a QXGA resolution of 2048x1536. There are, however, differences in the selection of the SoC (System on Chip). Instead of a MediaTek MT8176, the LTE model is run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM. Furthermore, the internal storage was halved, down to 32 GB, and the fingerprint sensor was removed from the equipment. 

In the LTE version, the Asus ZenPad can be purchased for a price of 450 Euros (~$504, in US stores it is not available, but the global version can be purchased on eBay for $429). With that, it is about 70 Euros (~$78) more expensive than the Z500M Wi-Fi model version, which already left a good impression in our test. For the review of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL, we look at the comparison results of the following tablets from the upper price segment: Google Pixel C, Apple iPad (2017), Huawei MediaPad M3, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, as well as the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500M sibling model.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL (ZenPad Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
9.7 inch 16:9, 2048 x 1536 pixel 264 PPI, capacitive, 10-Finger multitouch , native pen support, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm port, Card Reader: microSD, up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: movement sensor, position sensor, compass, Hall sensor, USB-OTG, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, 4G: LTE bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 41), 3G/UMTS: 850 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2100 MHz , LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7 x 242 x 164 ( = 0.28 x 9.53 x 6.46 in)
Battery
30 Wh, 7800 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix AF
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2 x premium speaker with DTS HD premium sound, DTS headphone:X, Sonic Master technology, Supports aptX®, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB cable, ZenUI, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
490 g ( = 17.28 oz / 1.08 pounds), Power Supply: 55 g ( = 1.94 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
449 Euro

 

Case

The Asus tablet is available in a slate-gray color. The 490-gram (~1.08 lb) tablet has an aluminum case, which is milled from one piece and has edges that were diamond-cut on both sides. The tactile feeling is very nice for a device of this size. The anodized finish protects the back from getting smudged by fingerprints, better than would be the case with high-gloss visuals. Overall, the tablet makes a very robust and resilient impression. 

The 9.7-inch display of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is protected by a glass panel set flat into the case and made from scratch-proof Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The bezels around the IPS panel are relatively wide, which is reflected in a display-to-surface ratio of only 73.4%.

The workmanship of the top area of the glass cover set into the back deserves a negative comment. In our test unit, it sits slightly crooked, so that the gaps between the materials are very noticeable. We also do not understand why the camera, which does not have optical image stabilization (OIS), is not inserted flush with the case. The slightly structured metal keys for the volume control and the power knob on the right case side, however, can be reached easily and they possess clearly defined pressure points.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)

Size Comparison

Features

The internal eMMC storage holds 32 GB, of which around 24 GB remains available after the first startup. A card slot that supports microSD cards of up to 128 GB is available to extend the storage. However, this optional storage cannot be formatted as internal storage.

The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE has a USB 2.0 connection, but with a USB Type-C connector. On one hand it is used to charge the tablet, and on the other hand it functions as an OTG (On-The-Go) host via OTG adapter, recognizing peripheral devices such as USB sticks or external keyboards. The wireless transfer of the display content to an external monitor is also supported and worked without a hitch in our test with a Sony Android TV.

Software

The Asus LTE tablet is delivered with Android 6.0 and the most current in-house ZenUI 3.0 user interface. At the time of the test, the operating system is on the security patch level of February 2017. Until now, the manufacturer did not say whether it will be updated to the newest Android 7.0 Nougat version.

The Asus ZenUI is organized neatly and in comparison to stock Android, the user interface offers additional software features such as "Game Genie." While in a gaming app, with Game Genie you can display a pop-up menu to start further apps in parallel.

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Communication and GPS

The integrated WLAN module masters the IEEE-802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and so does not just transmit in the 2.4 GHz but also in the 5 GHz frequency band. In everyday operation, the reception of the WLAN module is good and the signal is stable. In close proximity to the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V) we measure a damping of -37 dBm. The Wi-Fi transfer rates between the tablet and our Linksys EA8500 reference router should be called "bad" at 38 MBit/s (iperf server) and 33 MBit/s (iperf client). They are considerably lower than the transfer rates we measured with the Z500M sibling model.

On the road, the Asus tablet offers mobile surfing with LTE Cat.6 speeds and up to 300 MBit/s via the integrated LTE module. Bluetooth version 4.1 is onboard for wireless communication between mobile devices. The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE does not have an NFC chip for near-field communication.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
615 MBit/s ∼100% +1741%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
465 MBit/s ∼76% +1292%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
254 MBit/s ∼41% +660%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
209 MBit/s ∼34% +526%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
33.4 MBit/s ∼5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
569 MBit/s ∼100% +1413%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
389 MBit/s ∼68% +935%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
246 MBit/s ∼43% +554%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
209 MBit/s ∼37% +456%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37.6 MBit/s ∼7%
GPS test inside
GPS test inside
GPS test outside
GPS test outside

Mobile position-locating is made possible via GPS and the Russian GLONASS satellite system. Outside, the Asus tablet determines the current position reliably and with an accuracy of about 5 meters (~16.4 ft). Inside enclosed rooms, we received a sufficient satellite signal in the test. To evaluate the location accuracy of our test unit in practice, we recorded a route in parallel with our tablet and the Garmin Edge 500 GPS bicycle computer. On our around 12-km (~7.5 miles) test route, the measurements of the traveled distance differed by about 269 meters (~0.17 miles) between the GPS module of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE and the professional navigation device. Such a deviation should not hinder everyday navigation tasks.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE

Cameras

5-MP front camera
5-MP front camera

With the 8-MP main camera, Asus bets on the in-house PixelMaster technology and equips this with an autofocus. Although the quality of the camera on the back is not necessarily a critical factor in a tablet, the pictures taken with the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE even in good lighting conditions are not satisfactory considering the price. The photos lack sharpness and detail and moreover, the images show a clear purple tint. As soon as the pictures are taken in direct sunlight, the lighter image areas are slightly overexposed. The dynamic range in the pictures is on a good level.

In bad lighting conditions, a strong image noise and blurriness can be clearly observed. Overall, the images become very dark, so that the actual scene can hardly be recognized. An LED flash is missing.  

With its resolution of 5 megapixels, the front camera offers a good detail reproduction and quality in selfies and video calling. The Asus tablet records videos with both cameras in a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30 images per second.

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.

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Accessories and Warranty

Optional protective cover...
Optional protective cover...
...and active stylus
...and active stylus

The delivery contents include a modular power supply with an output rated at 18 watts (9 V, 2 A) and a USB cable. As accessories, the manufacturer offers an optional protective cover (Asus ZenPad Folio Cover) and an active Stylus (Asus Z Stylus) for the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE. The cost for both accessories is about 40 to 50 Euros (~$45 - $56).    

Asus offers a 12-month warranty for its tablet.

Input Devices & Operation

The capacitive touchscreen of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE reacts precisely to input with up to 10 fingers. We also cannot notice any lack of precision in the edge areas. However, the input is often converted with a slight lag and recognized only after the second try.

Navigation is done with a physical Home button and two capacitive keys set into the bottom of the case for "Back" and the multitasking view. The latter keys are unlit, which makes operation in dark environments considerably harder. 

The virtual ZenUI keyboard satisfies with comfortably large keys and offers many adjustment options. 

Onscreen keyboard, landscape
Onscreen keyboard, landscape
Onscreen keyboard, portrait
Onscreen keyboard, portrait
Onscreen keyboard, portrait
Onscreen keyboard, portrait

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 9.7-inch IPS-LCD display has Asus' VisualMaster technology and at 2048x1536, it has a sufficiently high resolution, so that the screen content is displayed correspondingly sharp with a pixel density of 264 ppi. 

The maximum IPS panel brightness of 486 cd/m² we measured and the brightness distribution of 88% are good to very good. Also, the realistic even distribution of bright and dark areas on the display (APL50 test) shows a high brightness of 488 cd/m² in the center of the display, so that in everyday life we do not expect any deviation from the maximum brightness on a pure white background.

441
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 486 cd/m² Average: 457.3 cd/m² Minimum: 6.66 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 486 cd/m²
Contrast: 1944:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.2 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.73
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Google Pixel C
LTPS, 2560x1800, 10.2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Super AMOLED, 2048x1536, 9.7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Super AMOLED, 2048x1526, 9.7
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
IPS, 2560x1600, 8.4
Apple iPad (2017)
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Screen
-27%
-25%
16%
30%
-29%
9%
Brightness middle
486
489
1%
487
0%
358
-26%
452
-7%
460
-5%
514
6%
Brightness
457
443
-3%
510
12%
357
-22%
468
2%
445
-3%
485
6%
Brightness Distribution
88
86
-2%
91
3%
86
-2%
82
-7%
90
2%
88
0%
Black Level *
0.25
0.43
-72%
0.39
-56%
0.45
-80%
0.46
-84%
Contrast
1944
1137
-42%
1249
-36%
1022
-47%
1117
-43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.2
5.5
-6%
5.24
-1%
1.78
66%
1.8
65%
6.2
-19%
1.4
73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9
11.6
-29%
4
56%
10.5
-17%
2.9
68%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.1
6.7
-63%
7.95
-94%
1.38
66%
1.2
71%
6.5
-59%
2.1
49%
Gamma
2.73 81%
2.06 107%
2.16 102%
2.24 98%
2.11 104%
2.33 94%
2.22 99%
CCT
6579 99%
7457 87%
6565 99%
6366 102%
6500 100%
8056 81%
6647 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
82.32
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.06

* ... smaller is better

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 142900 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 142900 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 142900 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8789 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The combination of the display brightness and the low black value of 0.25 cd/m² results in the very good contrast ratio of 1:1994. In comparison to the Z500M sibling model, the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE offers a much better contrast of 1:1877 (black value 0.26 cd/m²) in the APL50 test as well. The analysis with a photo spectrometer in combination with the CalMAN software shows only slight deviations in the color (5.2) and the grayscale presentation (4.1). Moreover, the measured color temperature of 6579 Kelvin is very close to the ideal of 6500 Kelvin. 

CalMAN color accuracy (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN color accuracy (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN color space (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN color space (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN grayscale (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN grayscale (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN saturation (sRGB color space), standard display mode
CalMAN saturation (sRGB color space), standard display mode

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
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 16 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. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
49 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 25.2 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. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.1 ms).

Outdoors, thanks to the high contrast, the liquid crystal display of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is completely convincing. However, the display is hard to read in direct sun. As is typical for IPS displays, the viewing angles of the 178-degree wide-view display range on a good level and even from very steep viewing angles, the content is displayed with relatively good color accuracy.

Reflections
Reflections
Outdoors: sun
Outdoors: sun
Outdoors: shade
Outdoors: shade
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Qualcomm SoC (System-on-Chip) from 2015 used in the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is part of the upper mid-range. The Snapdragon 650 has altogether six CPU cores in two clusters, which can be operated in parallel due to the big.LITTLE architecture. The two powerful Cortex-A72 cores clock at up to 1.8 GHz, while the energy-saving Cortex-A53 cores have a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz. 

Subjectively, the system performance is on a good level. During everyday life, the system runs smoothly and without any longer delays. The opening and closing of apps is conveyed quickly. The browser speed of the preinstalled Chrome browser is also compelling. In the benchmarks, the Snapdragon 650 in combination with 4 GB of RAM performs slightly better than the MediaTek MT8176 in the Z500M sibling model. However, the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE does not get close to the performance of an Apple iPad (2017) or Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Besides the CPU, the speed of the internal eMMC storage also plays a role in the subjective system performance. For this type of storage, the access rates are appealing. Given the price, in our opinion Asus could have used the fast UFS technology in their tablet, even if other manufacturers also bet on eMMC storage in this price range. In our measurement with the Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference storage card (max. read: 95 MB/s, write 80 MB/s), the integrated microSD-card slot only achieves quite slow transfer rates for a premium tablet. 

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
58.56 MB/s ∼67% +144%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
26.9 MB/s ∼31% +12%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23.97 MB/s ∼28%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23.52 MB/s ∼27% -2%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
76.39 MB/s ∼79% +122%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61.65 MB/s ∼64% +79%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
45.15 MB/s ∼47% +31%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34.42 MB/s ∼36%
Random Write 4KB
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31.35 MB/s ∼19% +391%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13.13 MB/s ∼8% +106%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
10.08 MB/s ∼6% +58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.82 MB/s ∼6% +54%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6.8 MB/s ∼4% +7%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.38 MB/s ∼4%
Random Read 4KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
45.82 MB/s ∼26% +46%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
32.04 MB/s ∼19% +2%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31.34 MB/s ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.56 MB/s ∼15% -18%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24.85 MB/s ∼14% -21%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19.96 MB/s ∼12% -36%
Sequential Write 256KB
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
136.5 MB/s ∼60% +116%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
117.15 MB/s ∼51% +86%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
109.38 MB/s ∼48% +73%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
87.6 MB/s ∼38% +39%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
63.05 MB/s ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
49.37 MB/s ∼22% -22%
Sequential Read 256KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
288.58 MB/s ∼32% +16%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
249.68 MB/s ∼28% 0%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
249.65 MB/s ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
248.24 MB/s ∼28% -1%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
209.3 MB/s ∼23% -16%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
154.29 MB/s ∼17% -38%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
144426 Points ∼62% +86%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
128706 Points ∼55% +66%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
90568 Points ∼39% +17%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
86735 Points ∼37% +12%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
77540 Points ∼33%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
74177 Points ∼32% -4%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4221 Points ∼11%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4216 Points ∼11%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1411 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1247 Points ∼25%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5277 Points ∼19%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
4432 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3884 Points ∼14%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3324 Points ∼12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
2550 Points ∼44%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1726 Points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1668 Points ∼29%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1592 Points ∼28%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4187 Points ∼12% +46%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2869 Points ∼8%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1745 Points ∼29% +20%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1458 Points ∼25%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2261 Points ∼62% +47%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1955 Points ∼54% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1811 Points ∼50% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1641 Points ∼45% +7%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1539 Points ∼42%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1205 Points ∼33% -22%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
1074 Points ∼29% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4626 Points ∼56% +255%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
4320 Points ∼52% +231%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4293 Points ∼52% +229%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1304 Points ∼16%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
997 Points ∼12% -24%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
970 Points ∼12% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
843 Points ∼10% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3438 Points ∼54% +155%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2735 Points ∼43% +103%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
2584 Points ∼41% +91%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1350 Points ∼21%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1139 Points ∼18% -16%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1092 Points ∼17% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
946 Points ∼15% -30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22527 Points ∼29% +96%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
21886 Points ∼28% +90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17981 Points ∼23% +56%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
16449 Points ∼21% +43%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15538 Points ∼20% +35%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
13324 Points ∼17% +16%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11515 Points ∼15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
52816 Points ∼11% +140%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
44645 Points ∼9% +103%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34002 Points ∼7% +54%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
22141 Points ∼5% 0%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
22041 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20482 Points ∼4% -7%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14121 Points ∼3% -36%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
40665 Points ∼19% +122%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
30277 Points ∼14% +65%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
29326 Points ∼14% +60%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20230 Points ∼10% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19867 Points ∼9% +8%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18320 Points ∼9%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9548 Points ∼5% -48%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
92 fps ∼5% +188%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
80.8 fps ∼5% +153%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
69 fps ∼4% +116%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
38 fps ∼2% +19%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
32 fps ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼2% -9%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼2% -9%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
59 fps ∼13% +136%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
56 fps ∼12% +124%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
39 fps ∼9% +56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼6% +16%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25 fps ∼5%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼5% -8%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23 fps ∼5% -8%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
48 fps ∼9% +243%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
40.6 fps ∼7% +190%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
40 fps ∼7% +186%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17 fps ∼3% +21%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼3% 0%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼2% -7%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 fps ∼9% +254%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
28.7 fps ∼8% +199%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼6% +129%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼3% +25%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9.7 fps ∼3% +1%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.6 fps ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9 fps ∼2% -6%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
32 fps ∼6% +237%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
31 fps ∼6% +226%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
28.5 fps ∼5% +200%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.5 fps ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.7 fps ∼1% -19%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼11% +239%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
18.5 fps ∼11% +230%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼7% +132%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.6 fps ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4.2 fps ∼2% -25%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
fps ∼0% -100%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24 fps ∼6% +336%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼5% +245%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.5 fps ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4.8 fps ∼1% -13%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼11% +242%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼10% +216%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.8 fps ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.1 fps ∼3% -18%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
fps ∼0% -100%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6858 Points ∼65% +16%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5910 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5608 Points ∼53% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5565 Points ∼53% -6%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5204 Points ∼49% -12%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3898 Points ∼37% -34%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
1213 Points ∼70% +19%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1086 Points ∼63% +6%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1022 Points ∼59% 0%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1020 Points ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1007 Points ∼58% -1%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
884 Points ∼51% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
648 Points ∼37% -36%
Graphics
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6355 Points ∼40% +291%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4941 Points ∼31% +204%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
4569 Points ∼29% +181%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1626 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1385 Points ∼9% -15%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1302 Points ∼8% -20%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1185 Points ∼7% -27%
Memory
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2212 Points ∼46% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1931 Points ∼40% +3%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1887 Points ∼39% +1%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1875 Points ∼39%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
1341 Points ∼28% -28%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
868 Points ∼18% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
590 Points ∼12% -69%
System
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
4680 Points ∼38% +114%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3581 Points ∼29% +64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3505 Points ∼29% +60%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3071 Points ∼25% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2867 Points ∼23% +31%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2724 Points ∼22% +25%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2186 Points ∼18%
Overall
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
2441 Points ∼40% +52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2409 Points ∼40% +50%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1909 Points ∼31% +18%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1800 Points ∼30% +12%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1652 Points ∼27% +3%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1611 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1103 Points ∼18% -32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6483.2 ms * ∼11% -95%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5533.1 ms * ∼9% -66%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3323.5 ms * ∼6%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3001 ms * ∼5% +10%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2822.9 ms * ∼5% +15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2244.4 ms * ∼4% +32%
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
1457.7 ms * ∼2% +56%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
18148 Points ∼37% +122%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11404 Points ∼23% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9531 Points ∼19% +17%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8167 Points ∼16%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7563 Points ∼15% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6885 Points ∼14% -16%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3596 Points ∼7% -56%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPad (2017)
A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9, 128 GB NVMe
128.6 Points ∼39% +149%
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
PowerVR GX6250, MT8176, 64 GB eMMC Flash
57.4 Points ∼17% +11%
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53.7 Points ∼16% +4%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
51.72 Points ∼15%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
47.4 Points ∼14% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
42.73 Points ∼13% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, 5433 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
41.12 Points ∼12% -20%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming

The integrated Adreno 510 graphics unit can play modern, graphics-intensive titles such as Asphalt Xtreme or Dead Trigger 2 to a large extent smoothly in medium and high details. From time to time, we noticed some small stuttering due to the drop in the frame rate, however. 

The touchscreen and position sensor react quickly and are accurate in the gaming test.

Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt Xtreme

Emissions

Temperature

The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE hardly warms up in idle mode, but we measure quite an uneven temperature distribution with a maximum of 31.5 °C (89 °F). During load conditions, the heat development also varies quite a lot. In comparison to the competition, the heat development of the Asus tablet remains in a very good range.

Max. Load
 35.6 °C
96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
32.9 °C
91 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 31.5 °C
89 F
30.9 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 36 °C = 97 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
29.1 °C
84 F
31.6 °C
89 F
34.5 °C
94 F
28.7 °C
84 F
31 °C
88 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38.7 °C
102 F
30.8 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.1 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

Speaker test: Pink Noise
Speaker test: Pink Noise

Thanks to the DTS-HD Premium Sound, the SonicMaster-3.0 stereo speakers produce a good audio quality. However, the maximum volume of 86 dB(A) that we measured is not as high as that of the Z500M sibling model. The sonic image is less linear in the audible range as well.   

Because of DTS Headphone:X the quality of connected headphones is very appealing and does not prevent enjoyment of high-quality music with a low noise level.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.52525.435.83125.330.84032.927.85033.632.56331.630.48028.429.51002726.212520.833.31602243.520021.352.925020.856.531521.263.940019.468.150019.570.363017.772.880017.976.5100017.876.9125017.374.8160017.473.9200016.772.4250017.272.6315018.275.5400017.977500017.675.4630017.768.7800017.863.91000017.960.51250018.158.41600018.257.1SPL3085.9N1.365.9median 17.9Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KLmedian 68.7Delta1.38.83730.934.43725.629.328.925.628.931.523.728.929.331.830.929.33935.937.23933.535.130.533.52730.928.52722.432.722.322.423.534.522.923.530.438.92030.434.443.420.434.440.649.719.840.644.255.620.344.247.158.619.247.152.265.917.952.257.172.616.357.15770.417.65758.472.41858.46176.917.66163.779.21763.760.376.717.260.359.275.717.759.256.977.717.356.963.181.917.463.166.688.517.766.664.584.81864.553.975.617.753.947.569.518.247.542.164.217.942.133.357.317.833.373.392.829.873.329.588.31.329.5median 53.9Google Pixel Cmedian 70.4median 17.9median 53.99.411.71.39.431.639.825.430.725.330.632.933.533.632.231.630.328.425.92726.620.826.82236.221.346.320.861.321.27219.475.319.573.817.780.817.980.517.879.217.373.417.474.116.77217.268.518.267.717.970.717.672.817.76917.873.517.970.318.167.718.264.43086.51.371median 17.9Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825median 70.71.38.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Google Pixel C audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 67% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.51 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be checked/unchecked!)

Power Management

Power Consumption

The power management of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE proves to be quite efficient in the test. For a 9.7-inch tablet, the consumption is low in comparison to the direct competition with a similar diagonal screen measurement - in particular during load. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.57 / 4 / 4.09 Watt
Load midlight 7.99 / 9.71 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
7800 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
5900 mAh
Google Pixel C
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
5870 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
6000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
5100 mAh
Apple iPad (2017)
8.827 mAh
Power Consumption
-13%
-19%
-21%
6%
8%
-49%
Idle Minimum *
1.57
1.59
-1%
1.82
-16%
2.3
-46%
2.08
-32%
1.51
4%
2.06
-31%
Idle Average *
4
4.14
-4%
4.26
-7%
4.5
-13%
3.5
12%
3.64
9%
7.42
-86%
Idle Maximum *
4.09
4.23
-3%
4.33
-6%
5
-22%
3.58
12%
3.68
10%
7.47
-83%
Load Average *
7.99
10.89
-36%
9.82
-23%
9.4
-18%
6.97
13%
6.95
13%
9.45
-18%
Load Maximum *
9.71
11.58
-19%
13.99
-44%
10.4
-7%
7.4
24%
9.11
6%
12.31
-27%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically relevant WLAN test (display brightness at 150 cd/m²), at 9 hours and 39 minutes the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE achieves a good runtime, which is in the middle of the field of our comparison devices. Although, considering the high battery discharge of 7800 mAh, in comparison to the Z500M sibling model (5900 mAh) we would have expected a clear jump in the runtime.  

Thanks to the Quick Charge 3.0 functionality, the battery is completely recharged after a good 2.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 39min
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
7800 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Z500M
5900 mAh
Google Pixel C
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
5870 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
6000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 inch
5100 mAh
Apple iPad (2017)
8.827 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
579
518
-11%
638
10%
393
-32%
760
31%
546
-6%
764
32%

Pros

+ low heat development
+ very good IPS panel
+ good speaker system
+ beautiful metal case
+ LTE (Cat.6)
+ USB Type-C

Cons

- low-quality camera
- WLAN transfer rates
- workmanship (test unit)
- touchscreen delays
- non-illuminated keys
- no fingerprint sensor
- only USB 2.0
- 32 GB eMMC storage
- only Android 6.0

Verdict

In the test: Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL). Test unit provided by Asus Germany.
In the test: Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL). Test unit provided by Asus Germany.

Even if the negative points of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE surpass the positives, the premium tablet from Asus is not a bad device. The visuals as well as the quality of the case are very good. Unfortunately, we cannot say that of the workmanship of our test unit. The IPS panel has sufficient sharpness and shines brightly and with a lot of contrast in everyday operation. The battery life and the performance of the systems are very convincing. 

What we like less, is the technical equipment of the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE considering the purchase price of 450 Euros (~$504). The Asus tablet does not have a fingerprint sensor, it has slow eMMC storage with only 32 GB capacity, no NFC chip, unlit navigation keys, and an SoC of the lower performance level (compared to the price). The WLAN transfer rates and the quality of the camera on the back could also be much improved. In times of Android O (Beta), we find a premium device with Android 6.0 not up-to-date anymore.

Too many complaints about the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE lead us to a limited purchase recommendation, despite its good overall result - at least for the current high-street price.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL - 05/22/2017 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
70 / 80 → 88%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
42 / 65 → 65%
Weight
83 / 40-88 → 90%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
42 / 68 → 61%
Application Performance
55 / 76 → 72%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
73%
85%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2017-05-24 (Update: 2017-05-24)