ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M 9.7-inch

The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7-inch tablet has received positive reviews for its beautiful and elegant design, its sharp and clear 2048×1536 display, its great price, solid performance thanks to its hexa-core MediaTek MT8176 chipset and its quick charging via USB-C. Users thought that the battery life is decent and its quick fingerprint scanner is responsive. The speakers received some praise too. However, the speakers are awkwardly placed on the edge and can be easily blocked, and it comes with a lot of bloatware that cannot be removed. Furthermore, some Amazon customer directed criticism towards the quality control, with quite a few suggesting that there were issues with the tablets upon arrival. Lastly, some thought that the quality of both the front facing and rear camera is not the best. The ASUS Zenpad 3S Z500M sports some great hardware under its hood and is a cheaper alternative to the pricier iPad Air 2.

NINJA SCORE
78
Positive Reviews
$299.00
(as of 27-05-2018 01:14 -07:00) Details
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Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Sharp 2K display
  • Well priced
  • Good performance
  • USB-C
  • Quick charging
  • Decent battery life
  • Responsive fingerprint scanner
  • Good speaker quality

Cons

  • Speaker placement
  • Bloatware
  • Potential quality control issues
  • Poor camera quality

Bottom Line

If you are not too worried about snapping pics and you are on a tight budget, then the ASUS Zenpad 3S 10 is for you. It offers a top tier performance, a beautiful 2K display and the design is stunning.


  • Weight: 0.95 lbs
  • Display Size: 9.70 inches
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
  • Operating System: Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery Life: 10 hours

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 70
    CNet.com December 8, 2016

    The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a fantastic portable video watcher with enough storage to get you through long flights at a reasonable price.

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  • 86
    NotebookCheck January 1, 2017

    Asus' ZenPad 3s wants to be a serious competitor for Apple and aims to attract iPad owners. Thanks to a high-quality casing and hi-res sound, this might even function - were it not for some strange happenings during the test.

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  • 86
    TechRadar June 30, 2017

    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.

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  • 84
    LaptopMag November 23, 2016

    The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a speedy and stylish 9.7-inch Android tablet that's great for media consumption.

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Specifications

RAM 4GB LPDDR3
Operating System Google Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
Weight 0.95 lbs
Battery Life 10 hours
Connectivity Wi-Fi | Bluetooth | GPS | 1 x 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Internal Storage 64GB
Removable Memory microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Display Size 9.70 inches
Display Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Display Type IPS
Display Technology LCD capacitive touchscreen
Front Camera 5 MP
Rear Camera 8 MP
Graphics Power VR GX6250
Additional Features microSD card reader, fingerprint reader
Dimension (LxWxH) 9.47 x 6.44 x 0.28
Warranty 1 year

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