I still can’t figure out how Asus massively screwed up their tablet sales in the U.S..
Could it be Best Buy sales were so poor for the otherwise very good US$199 Asus ZenPad S 8.0 due to its Intel CPU? Could word have spread to avoid it from people who had experience with previous Dell tablets with Intel Inside?
I don’t know.
But I do know that Asus wasted a spectacular marketing opportunity with the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Pro/Plus Edition.” It had an optional stylus. When the iPad Pro was introduced with an optional stylus too, a savvy Asus marketing department should have been all over that, braying about Asus having a tablet with a stylus too.
So I figured these tablets were one-offs by Asus and they planned to abandon them quickly and exit that part of the tablet market.
A new iPad Mini clone is coming!
Tablet News says this will have a Snapdragon 650 CPU. The 650 was previously known as the 618.
The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 phone has a Snapdragon 650 CPU inside. If its AnTuTu 6.x score is anything to go by, this new Asus tablet will be significantly more powerful than the prior-gen Intel Inside ones, with a score in the 77,000-range.
But what I don’t understand is the listing of “9GB” of internal storage. That’s probably 16GBs in full, but still. Why so low?
With this tablet, I’d like to see Asus do three things:
1) Make screen sharpening optional, with the default being OFF.
2) Support for their optional stylus.
3) Better back, getting rid of that screwy landscape-oriented and two-part design.
Anyone out there who has been considering one of the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 tablets should now wait.