The mobile and PC manufacturers are now starting to split the tablet market into two different categories – a heaven of laptop-alike performance and specifications, and a hell of a cheap entry-level slates.

At IFA 2016 Berlin two months ago, Asus took rather a cheap approach to introduce their newest tablet in line, the ZenPad 3S 10. It’s big, and wide enough to provide you with undisturbed multimedia experience. Does it really count? Find out below.

PROS:

  • 4GB of RAM
  • High resolution audio experience with 7.1 Channel surround sound
  • Quick Charge 3.0

CONS:

  • Quick-drain battery
  • Too many bloatwares

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At a glimpse, everyone who are keen to iPad will start relating the ZenPad 3S appearance with the Apple’s. The edges are a diamond-cut – as Asus used to boast in their advertisements – coupled with a compromised metal compound on the back.

The 10-inch tab features 2048 x 1536 pixels at 4:3 ratio. The wide screen proven to be enjoyable as the Asus sales reps show the demo footage at the IFA show. It’s crisp, vivid, and brightly colourful, although seems to lack energy in tackling the flittering light reflection. The ratio are just perfect and ideal to enjoy photos and browser. You might notice some black bars when playing widescreen videos, but it’s pretty trivial.

To further maximize the multimedia experience, Asus packed the tab with five-magnet stereo speakers sticked around the body. It comes with high-res audio support and aided with ‘Smart AMP’ technology that Asus claimed can boost the audio volume and clarity dramatically despite of the thin size. There’s a 7.1 Channel virtual surround sound that we used to see in the high-end laptop-alike tablets.

Powering the ZenPad 3S 10 is the 1.7GHz hexa-core MediaTek MT8176 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of inbuilt storage with microSD support up to 128GB. That’s more than just a decent package, and it should handle every task practically with ease. And to support this heavy powerhouse, Asus presents a 5900mAh battery capable to stand for around 10 hours. Quite a short cycle compared to current mid to high-range battery duration standard, though charging would be much faster thanks to the Quick Charge 3.0.

Both front and rear facing cameras are pretty much a standard issue. The rear packs 8MP sensor, while the front 5MP. Fair enough for a tablet.

It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow covered in ZenUI interface. The quick settings are handy, but the bloatwares are just too much, and you wouldn’t use many of them anyway.

Conclusions: Despite having an iPad tendency, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a worthy multimedia killer, offering plenty in store for those who crave for solid mobile streaming and gaming. The 32GB model is currently selling at $299, while the 64GB is $50 pricier.