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Aug 27, 2015
According to ASUS, the ASUS ZenPad tablets were created to replace the ASUS Fonepad tablet phones or tablets with smartphone call and SMS capabilities. Now that the ASUS ZenPad is here with the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 and ASUS ZenPad 7.0, we thought we'd take a step through memory lane by going through the design, look and feel of the previous ASUS Fonepad 7 tablets up until the current ZenPad tablets. While all of them carried a 7-inch display, the Fonepad tablets were initially a lot thicker and rounder, eventually evolving to a flat and thin look with the newer Fonepad tablets. This evolved again into the clutch case-like design of the ZenPad tablets with the interchangeable Zen Case backplates of the ZenPad 7.0. Check out our comparison video in this article for yourself.
Aug 24, 2015
Tablet phones or tablets with call capabilities have come a long way from the first days when people put 7-inch display devices to their ears. Apart from newer technologies, they have become thinner, slimmer and more compact, especially for the higher-end market. ASUS was one of the first to make such tablets for the entry-level market with their ASUS Fonepad tablets and now, they are replacing these well received devices with the new ASUS ZenPad range. Featuring the latest 64-bit Intel Atom x3 processors, dts-HD audio technologies and a more fashion conscious look and feel, the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) is the most entry-level device on the ZenPad tablet range. In this day and age when it isn't uncommon to see someone using a tablet phone to make a call does the ASUS ZenPad C really offer improvements over the earlier ASUS Fonepad 7? We find out in our full review of the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 in this article.
Aug 19, 2015
Slated as the next entry-level tablet phones taking over from the ASUS Fonepad, the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is the entry-level version yet still managed to offer a slim yet luxurious design on a 7-inch display tablet with 600 x 1024 pixel resolution. Set for a Malaysia release date on 26 August 2015 with the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 and others, the pricing has been mentioned at RM499. Also featuring a 64-bit Intel Atom x3 processor, 1GB RAM, dts-HD audio technology, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and double tap to sleep or wake, the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is shaping up to be better than it's predecessors. We go hands-on with the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 in our hands-on video below to see what else it can do.
ASUS ZenPad sneak peek reveals customizable tablet with 8MP cameras + fashion, power and audio casesAug 15, 2015
Recently, ASUS and Intel Malaysia held a sneak peek preview of the upcoming ASUS ZenPad tablets, which TechNave.com was privileged to attend. While the ASUS ZenPad C was also available the star of the show was undoubtedly the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG). Featuring tech specs that include the 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom x3 C3230 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 8MP PixelMaster rear camera with autofocus, the main feature for the tablet is that it is the first one that you can customize. While it comes with a luxury-themed leather-textured plastic backplate called a Zen Case, this can be replaced with several other Zen Cases which include black, silver, orange and pastel blue (as added value, the ZenPad 7.0 will come with an extra free Zen Case). While we still don't have any pricing details yet, it has been revealed that the ZenPad 7.0 will be getting a lot of other accessories. This includes a fashionable leather clutch case called the Zen Clutch, the Power Case which adds on an extra 2000 mAh battery for a total 16 hours worth of battery life and the Audio Cover which features 5.1 channel surround sound, 6 built-in speakers and 1 sub woofer which combined with the dts-HD sound technology in the tablet makes for an instant boombox tablet.
Aug 10, 2015
The new ASUS ZenPad tablets set to replace their Fonepads are coming to Malaysia soon. Set for an August release, we've just received our invite for an upcoming sneak peak of the devices. So far, we're expecting the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 and ASUS ZenPad 7.0 to make an appearance, but the ASUS ZenPad 8 could make a surprise entrance as well. The first two are powered by the new Intel Atom x3 processor formerly known as SoFIA and will feature integrated 3G connectivity. Previous leaks that we've received show a stylish yet very slim and thin profile for all those large phone enthusiasts out there with other features including DTS-HD audio technology and more. No actual Malaysia release dates yet, but pricing details have been revealed to start from RM499. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated as to new developments soon.
Jul 13, 2015
Bloatware are typically apps that come pre-installed or with an official update for your smartphone or device that you do not actually need. Most of the time these bloatware apps are treated as system apps and can't be removed or uninstalled. The best thing you could do previously was to turn off notifications and disable it. For a while now, even the ASUS ZenUI packed on a good deal of bloatware, but with recent updates you can now remove said bloatware completely. To do that go to Apps and tap on the Uninstall Updates button. After tapping OK, a second dialog box will appear asking if you want to uninstall the app. Click OK and that resource draining sucker is gone! Bear in mind that this could be applicable for ASUS devices that have had the latest updates and so far it works on the ASUS ZenFone 2 and ASUS Fonepad 7 which have received their latest updates. You still can't delete everything though as some apps are considered non-removable for certain reasons. In any case, this is a great first step by ASUS and should make it even more popular, especially those who have been itching to remove a bloatware app in particular.
Jul 10, 2015
While many ASUS users are wondering when they'll get their Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrades, quite a few of the tablet users have already started receiving theirs. This includes those who got the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE375CG. Powered by a 64-bit 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor, the new update offers native 64-bit processing. While many ZenFone users are silently screaming "why not us too?" this order does make sense as the Fonepads and other ASUS tablets did get their 64-bit Intel processors first. It does indicate that there is progress so those users should get their updates eventually. So far, the interface looks to have been revamped with some smoother animations and nicer layouts but this is just what we've seen so far at a glance. You also get some new apps and bloatware so make sure you have some extra space available. If you're interested in the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE375CG do check out our full review of the tablet but for now you can see the screenshots of the update along with some design changes and an early benchmark in this article.
May 15, 2015
A new range of tablets could be coming from ASUS soon as leaks have appeared for the ASUS ZenPad 7 and ZenPad 8. Featuring a cross-thatch pattern and build very familiar to the ASUS FonePad 7, the ZenPad will supposedly come in 7-inch display and 8-inch display versions. Both will have a WiFi and 3G version, while the ZenPad 7 will be priced from 7999 RUB (RM570) to 8999 RUB (RM641). Tech specs for the ZenPad 7 include a 64-bit 1GHz quad-core Intel Atom X3 (or formerly known as SoFIA), 1GB RAM, 8GB / 16GB storage, 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Bluetooth and a 3950 mAh battery. The ZenPad 8 on the other hand will get an Intel Z3560 or Z3530 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64GB storage and an 8-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Obviously, the ZenPad 8 is the more feature-filled despite it not having an actual Intel Atom X3 processor. No Malaysia released dates or pricing details yet but the ASUS ZenPad tablets are expected to get announced sometime in June during Computex 2015.
Feb 12, 2015
The online ASUS Store portal offers Malaysians an easy yet official way to purchase ASUS products on the Internet. However, previously it only had devices like the ASUS ZenFone range of smartphones and more recently ASUS tablets like the Fonepad. Now, it looks like we may soon see ASUS accessories as well, with some original devices that you don't often see like the ASUS MicroUSB Charging Stand for just RM85. This accessory caught our eye because it offered a portable way to both charge your device but also prop it up as a stand. The charging stand also offers an OTG USB2.0 port so you can plug in a USB flash drive or external hard disk drive, USB keyboard or USB mouse while charging your device. The stand is compatible with most ASUS tablets but in the video below it also looks like it can support smartphones as well. Check it out for yourself below as we wait for more cool and original accessories from ASUS Malaysia.
- Compatible with ASUS Tablets
- 48 x 87 x 16mm | 53g
- features 1x microUSB connector, 1x USB2.0 connector
- supports Android 4.3 and above
Feb 11, 2015
While the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE171CG tablet with calling capabilities was announced for Malaysia quite recently, it is now officially available in Malaysia for RM529. Featuring a slimmer 7.9mm thin chassis and more premium looking metallic body, the Fonepad 7 FE171CG also packs in an 8MP PixelMaster auto-focus rear camera capable of taking clearer low-light shots. As our previous reports, it does not replace the previous ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG but offers a different form factor and some upgraded tech specs and features for those who want a bit more. Check out the full tech specs and features list using our Fonepad 7 FE171CG vs the Fonepad 7 FE170CG tech spec comparison tool. Stay tuned for the unboxing and hands-on videos in a bit.