ASUS is preparing to fully retire from the tablet market, as the ZenPad series just got canned. It seems there will be no future iterations of the device, if sources close to the company are to be believed. Turns out that Android tablets can’t compete with the iPads, that’s the reason for this decision.
ASUS was a major player in the tablet field in 2012-2014 and it had some courageous experiments. They had the Transformer tablet series, the EEE Slide, the PadFone, the FonePad and many more. This means that the ZenPad series is gone and the ZenPad 8 is one of the last models ever. It’s the ZN380KNL model, aka ZenPad, which is listed as sold out now.
Instead of this segment, the company will focus on the ZenFone series and the ROG e-sports market. The second gen ASUS ROG Phone is definitely in the cards, plus the ZenFone 6z in the future. Aside from the iPads, large screen smartphones have spelled doom for the slates. The remaining Android tablets struggle and matter only when they have very low prices.
In order to do that they compromise in CPU power and sometimes build quality. Xiaomi and Huawei, maybe also Samsung remain actively involved in the tablet battle. Let’s not forget Amazon and Lenovo too, but the first one probably sells the devices at a loss and Lenovo experiments with a ton of convertible formats anyway.
The ASUS retirement, means there’s a new slot for a player to ascend. Who will it be?
Today Amazon is offering up the Asus Z580C 8 inch tablet for a very reasonable $129! It is on their lightning deals page and available for the next 6 hrs as of this writing.
I formerly owned an Asus Z580CA which is the higher end version of this tablet, but the Z580C is no slouch either. It boasts 32 gb of storage, 2 gb of ram and the stunning 2048 x 1536 display that the 580CA also had.
This tablet also features a microSD slot for storage expansion and a quad core Intel Processor clocked at 1.33 gHz. Although it comes with Android 5.0 Asus does offer an Android 6 Marshmallow update for it.
The tablet itself is a work of art, very thin and light and offers superior construction and feel. This is definitely worth the price!
Currently this offer is 26% claimed, so get over to Amazon right now and check it out before they are all gone.
Also available today is this RavPower 4 port USB charger for only $12.79! This one ends at 11am CST today and is 66% claimed as of this writing. Check it out here. It will be listed under today’s hottest deals.
So as we all know the Dragon Touch X10 Tablet has be doing server chores for about 65% of it’s life. However, since March it has been relieved in this capacity occasionally, by the far superior, super fast and amazing Z580CA Asus 8 inch tablet, which happens to sport a 2.3 gHz Intel Atom CPU and as a bonus it offers a whopping 4gb of ram and 64gb of on tablet storage AND a microSD slot should you be a data whore.
So it is only fitting that I point out that the Asus Z580CA is for sale. Sure I have probably mentioned it before, but I have reduced the price to the “stupid” low level of roughly $124 off retail! (yeah that would be $175), which for this tablet and the case, USB C to full USB adapter makes it a deal, but yet no one but idiots have yet to contact me….
Both my BLU Studio Energy 2 smartphone and Asus Z580CA Tablet are running Android 5.0 (I know, why?), but they both have similar issues to my Dragon Touch X10 Tablet with Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat in that they die WiFi-wise when the display goes to sleep.
I have tried every combination in the book until tonite, where I found that if I turn off the data connection (cell), on the BLU Studio Energy2 and set the WiFi to never sleep, it actually appears to never sleep!
Now in the case of the Asus Z580CA Tablet, which is for sale incidentally, but that is neither here nor there, the cure was a complete surprise. No matter what I did with the settings the damned WiFi would go into dreamland shortly after the display shut down, even when plugged in.
However, after playing about with my wireless mouse attached with the super nifty USB C-Full USB adapter, the tablet appears to remain awake. Considering the fact that I am writing this on my PC and posting it on the Asus Tablet right now, which has been “asleep” for roughly 10 minutes, I believe that I have reached a viable alternative to leaving the screen on at minimum brightness.
This however is no excuse for an operating system to have a setting that is labeled “always on” and yet does not work in more than a few cases.
But it does show that if you test enough, you WILL find a workaround, not necessarily the obvious one, but one you might never expect.
I have yet to test this out on the Dragon Touch X10, since it to can use a wireless mouse as well and usually has one attached (when in use as my LogiTab), but I am still hoping for that elusive Android 5.1 upgrade.