ASUS ZenPad 7.0: World’s 1st Tablet with Interchangeable Functional Cover

Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG), ASUS brand new tablet series, were officially launched during ASUS Zensastion Roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall at the end of August 2015. The new 7-inch Android tablet has a new outlook design and customizable functionality with interchangeable covers (ZenPad 7.0).

ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall
ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall

The beauty of new design is the embossed-leather patterning back cover, which is influenced by fashion accessories such as clutch bags and wallets, giving the tablet a luxury feel.

The front is a 7-inch display with thick top and bottom bezel, surrounded by a metallic frame. ZenPad C 7.0 has a similar design, except that the back cover is not interchangeable.

All aspects of the tablet’s display — including contrast, sharpness, colour, clarity, and brightness — are optimized by
ASUS VisualMaster, a suite of visual enhancement technologies that combine hardware and software, including ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid.

ASUS ZenPad is also the world’s first tablet to integrate DTS-HD Premium Sound. It provides high-fidelity sound from multimedia content with DTS-HD encoding and transforms stereo audio into virtual surround sound. You will also get full 360-degree surround sound when listening with headphones. ASUS SonicMaster will enhance other non-DTS-HD encoded audios.

ZenPad 7.0

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (supports microSD memory card up to 128GB). It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and ASUS ZenUI.

The display is 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass1. Its 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras are powered by ASUS’s PixelMAster technology to capture better-looking photos, videos and selfies.

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

It supports mobile network (no 4G) with a micro SIM. The 13Wh Li-polymer battery provides up to 8 hours battery life. The dimension is 189 x 110.9 x 8.7mm, Weight is 272 gram.

The interchangeable cover design allows you to easily customise the tablet with functional back covers for additional features and colour options. (Read ZenPad 7.0 accessories later)

ZenPad 7.0 specs and price
ZenPad 7.0 specs and price

ZenPad 7.0 C Dual SIM

ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)
ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)

On the other hand, ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is the junior using the same Intel Atom 64-bit Quad-Core CPU, but 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (support microSD card up to 64GB). Its 7-inch IPS panel display’s screen resolution is 1024×600 pixels. The front and rear cameras are 0.3MP and 5MP respectively. ZenPad 7.0 C is dual-SIM phablet supporting 2G/3G networks.

ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots
ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) price in Malaysia is RM 749 (free one extra Zen Case). ZenPad C 7.0 price is RM 529. Both are now available for sale at ASUS Store Online.

The following table compares ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG): (click to enlarge)

Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0
Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 accessories

ASUS ZenPad is the world’s first tablet to feature an interchangeable cover design that lets you easily customize the tablet with functional back covers.

Audio Cover (RM 249)

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

Audio Covers brings 5.1-channel surround sound to ZenPad. It includes four satellite speakers, one center channel speaker, and one subwoofer to provides surround-sound experience when watching videos or listening to music. Audio Cover sound output is 6x louder volume than the tablet alone.

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

It last up to 6 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Audio Cover also double as a stand for conveniently watching videos or getting some work done.

Power Case (RM 109)

Power Case
Power Case

Power Case extends ZenPad’s battery life up to 15 hours of usage, long enough for your whole day usage or longest international flights.

Power Case
Power Case

It is compact and seamlessly attaches to ZenPad, giving you power on the go without the need to carry portable batteries and extra cables.

Zen Clutch (RM 119)

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Clutch is a fashionable protection case features a leather finish and is available in black and white colours. Its folding design also serves as a stand for typing or watching videos.

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Case

Zen Case
Zen Case

Zen Case is another stylish accessory featuring fine leather texture that allows you to outfit ZenPad in 5 colours: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Aqua Blue, Vibrant Orange, and Aurora Metallic.

For more information, please visit www.asus.com/my

All prices mentioned are inclusive 6% GST.

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713) is Your Budget 3G Android Phablet in Malaysia

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)

ACER Iconia Tab 7 has officially arrived in Malaysia. It is a 7-inch tablet with 3G connectivity and phone functionality — Phablet.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 price in Malaysia is RM499. With the affordable price, it comes with basic hardware.

Iconia Tab 7 uses a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It is only 8.9mm thin and weighing at only 305g.

The phablet is powered by Mediatek’s quad-core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, supports microSD memory card up to 32GB. It has 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 runs Android 4.2.2, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It has a SIM slot (not Dual SIM) for 3G connectivity and supports phone functionality. You can use the 7-inch device as your mobile phone.

The battery life last for 6 hours. You could buy ACER Iconia Tab 7 (RM499) in Malaysia from StoreKini.com online store and TESCO with free gifts, such as casing, screen protector, power bank, mobile credit.

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LiewCF’s Buying guide

If you have limited budget and looking for a phablet (phone + tablet), ACER Iconia Tab 7 should be in your list.

It will run most apps without problem but you probably can forget about taking sharp photos with its 2MP camera. The 6 hours battery life is another concern, too.

Alternatively, ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) (8GB version) dropped price to RM429 in August 2014. It has less phone storage space but supports dual-SIM and longer battery life.

ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) is Your Affordable Dual Sim 3G Phablet

ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG)

ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG)

ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) is an affordable Dual SIM 3G phablet device for you who want smartphone and tablet in one package and does not cost you a bomb.

(Note the model number FE170CG because ASUS has several FonePad 7 models.)

The 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) Android device is powered by Intel Atom Z2520 1.2GHz dual-core processor (with Intel Hyper Threading Technology) and 1GB RAM. The phablet storage is available in 2 variants: 4GB or 8GB, both supports MicroSD memory card up to 64GB.

ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) supports Dual Micro SIM, Dual Standby with 3G connection. Dual cameras with 2MP at the rear and 0.3MP at the front. Front speaker with SonicMaster technology.

Yes, ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) can make phone calls.

It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Android 4.4 KitKat upgradable) with new ASUS ZenUI. The build-in battery is 3950 mAh. It will last for 10 hours with single charge, Asus claims.

ZenUI is ASUS’s latest mobile device interface with more than 200 software tweaks over previous ASUS interface. It features modern flat design, customizable themes, animations, new sounds and ringtones. What’s Next and Do It Later features help you to be more productivity.

ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) weight 290g, 11cm width and 10.7mm thick. It is available in several colours: Black, While, Red, Blue. 4GB model is only available in White.

It is already available now at your local IT stores and resellers. The FonePad 7 (FE170CG) in Malaysia is RM 499 (4GB) and RM 599 (8GB). I would recommend you to buy Android devices with at least 8GB storage.

If you doubt about ASUS Fonepad 7 performance, as your reference, ASUS send me a chart comparing FonePad 7 benchmark scores with other competitors: (click/tab for full size image)

Asus fonepad 7 performance benchmark scores
Asus fonepad 7 performance benchmark scores

ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) photo gallery

For more information, visit ASUS Malaysia