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Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review

Good
Brilliant 2K display
Hi-Res audio support
Fast chipset

Bad
Mediocre battery life
Build quality has issues
Speakers poorly positioned

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has an iPad-like design, but not quite the quality. However it offers the flexibility of Android, the QHD screen is wonderful and strong audio, a decent amount of power and expandable storage sweeten the deal further. It’s just a shame the battery life isn’t better.

Asus’ ZenPad 3S 10 is definitely one of the better Android tablets I’ve tested. However, it still faces a bit of an uphill climb against some of last year’s top-end slates, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and Pixel C. Its gorgeous design means the 3S 10 certainly looks the part of a high-end tablet, but its display, battery life and overall speed don’t quite measure up to its nearest competitors.

Given that tablets are largely used for consuming media, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 gets a big thumbs up thanks to its remarkable screen, great audio capabilities and powerful internals.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this is one of the best screens we’ve ever witnessed on an Android tablet, and we found ourselves watching more movies and playing more games than we’d done previously with this sort of device.

As an entertainment center, the ZenPad 3S 10 is pretty hard to beat, but there are some serious shortcomings which curtail its usefulness in other areas. The terrible rear-facing camera is the most obvious – it’s so poor at taking photos that it may as well not even be there – and the battery life isn’t as impressive as it should be.

We also feel that the speakers are positioned poorly and the overall build quality could be better – a ropey microSD slot and hollow-feeling rear panel detract from an otherwise excellent design.

Specifications
10-inch, 2,048×1,536-pixel display
Hexa-core MediaTek CPU
4GB RAM
10-hours battery life
Quick Charge 3.0
7.1 Channel virtual surround sound
Android 6.0.1

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