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ASUS Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG) Unboxing and Initial Review: Amazing Build and Design


ASUS Zenpad Z370CG Unboxed!

Priced at just Php7,995, the ASUS Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG) promises to be one of the best value-for-money Android tablet options in the market today. It has the compelling combination of great design, competitive specifications, and good pricing. We finally got our hands on a review unit and we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing and initial impressions!

ASUS Zenpad Z370CG specs

  • Intel Atom x3-C3230 quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 7-inch, WXGA display with Gorilla Glass protection, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with AF
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • 3G (Single Sim)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, Miracast
  • Android 5.0
  • 13Wh Li-polymer battery

As you guys can see it ain’t a spec beast but it’s definitely not a slouch either. Read on for more!

Unboxing: No Frills and Straightforward

Pop goes the box
Pop goes the box

Unboxing the Zenpad was straightforward and simple. We popped open the lid and we were immediately greeted by the tablet. We picked it up, took a minute to just admire how beautifully crafted it was, and then set it aside to dig deeper into the box.

It's the ASUS ZenPad!
It’s the ASUS ZenPad!

There was nothing much inside after the tablet. We found the usual wall charger, USB to micro USB cable, and a bunch of manuals. Just like with other tablet products, this one didn’t come with any free earphones or other freebies. ASUS should consider bundling screen protectors or some sort of freebie though just to increase the value perception and improve the unboxing experience, hehe.

Other stuff inside
Other stuff inside

After rummaging through the box we focused on the tablet and man is it a gorgeous piece of tech!

First Impressions: Fantastic Design, Very Good Display, Minimal Stuttering

Looks so chic!
Looks so chic!

If there’s one thing going for the Zenpad, it’s how it looks. It is without a doubt the nicest looking Android tablet below Php10,000. A friend of ours even called it the “clutch bag tablet” because it looks like a small leather bag of sorts. What makes it so stylish? Four things come to mind.

First, it’s very lightweight. We didn’t even notice it in our bag unless we specifically rummage for it. Second, it’s super thin. As in you can almost chop a carrot with this. ASUS has definitely made major strides in their hardware design and the Zenpad is another testament to their eye for aesthetics.

Next is the sezzy back.

Sezzy back.
Sezzy back.

The ASUS Zenpad’s removable back cover has a fine textured design that gives great contrast to the actual body shell and casing. We believe this is the part which gives it that “clutch bag” vibe.

Removable back cover
Removable back cover

Lastly is the display. While the bezels are still thin as we would want them to be, they’re now more acceptable and pleasing to the eye. The screen itself is fantastic due to the One Glass Solution technology which ASUS employed to make the images “pop” out more. We’ll tackle this more in the actual review.

Initial Review: Fantastic Design, Very Good Display, Some Lags

Amazing display quality
Amazing display quality

When it came to actual performance, the ASUS ZenPad 7 was smooth for the most part except when we were multi-tasking. This is when the lags would noticeably come out. It’s wasn’t a dealbreaker for us but we would be remiss not to mention it in this initial hands-on.

Other than that, we had loads of fun using it as our main “phablet” for the last few days. It’s been a great media consumption device, whether it be video, web browsing, or listening to music. It was easy to handle thanks to the slim and light build. It wasn’t an eyesore as well because we had at least 5 people come up to us and ask us what tablet we were using either when we were in the office or even when we were just in a coffee shop in the mall.

Stuttering every now and then but not a deal breaker
Stuttering every now and then but not a deal breaker

Truth be told, if ASUS is able to address the minor lags and slow downs via a software update, this would easily be our pick for best affordable Android tablet of the year.

Initial Verdict: Has Potential But Needs More Testing

As far as initial impressions go, we can say two things:

  1. We were blown away with the design and the build. Greatly surpassed our expectations.
  2. We’re hoping that over time and through updates the minor lags would disappear (fingers crossed).

Watch out for our full review soon! 🙂

The ASUS Zenpad 7 is now available locally. This model has an SRP of Php7,995.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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  1. sana may windows 10 version sila nyan or any tried and tested brands na magooffer ng windows 10 na tablet with phone functinality under php10k 🙂

  2. ZenPad is impressive at first glance: a cleanly designed plastic 7 incher with leathery finish at the back and metal chamfered edges that gives it a premium look. Color saturation of the IPS panel is good per advertised. The DTS-HD premium sound was great as well especially since the speaker is front-facing. The issues you have to live with are: the non-removable battery has some heating concerns and it drains so fast even on standby and even if all background processes have been turned off; it crashes summarily while playing CoC and Boom Beach and for a new Intel 64 bit quadcore, I wouldn’t expect it to happen at all (I play CoC on my iPod 4th Gen & it hardly crashes, and it’s 3 years old now and Apple even stopped upgrading its OS); while watching clips on YouTube, it would randomly crash as well; after the crash comes the issue with turning it on which would take quite a long time I thought the device totally died (then I learned I had to reboot by pressing volume up and power button at the same time, otherwise, the power button wouldn’t turn on the device at all). I’d understand the lag because ZenPad7 Z170CG isn’t high end after all, but the crashes are a big bummer for this device. Overall, it’s nice for calling and texting, dual sim is supported and it works perfectly; ditto for web browsing that isn’t heavy with videos. I bought this as my first ‘android practice device’ to be familiar with the ecosystem. I expected an above-average to impressive performance for a budget device and new chip from Intel, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. This means I cannot add more games to this tablet which offers 16G of storage or essentially 11G for the user because of pre-installed apps, most are useful though. Z170CG is a budget device that still has ‘budget performance’ even up to this day where competition on the mid-range section is so fierce, but other OEMs can do more on the performance side without burning a hole in the pocket. I sure hope updates will be provided by Asus for this device to resolve the issues to make it a keeper, otherwise, it is an overpriced paperweight.

  3. I just bought one. Indeed there is lag when too much multitasking but my real concern is the battery. I look forward to your review. So far, the battery is not so good, and had experienced already 3 times it suddenly shut down due to heat. I was only playing clash of clans.

  4. I just recently bought this, it works fine but the battery really drains fast. I returned the item to where i purchased it and they gave me a new one. But still, the battery doesnt last long. Even in standby mode it drains fast. And sometimes it shuts down on its own. For a battery with 3450 mah, its not doing very well. So im just going to sell this and buy the fonepad 7.

    1. Hi. Did you guys update the ASUS software prior to using the tablet? I’ve read from other reviews that the battery life and performance significantly improved after allowing all the updates from ASUS to complete. I’m thinking of buying one, reason why I’m going through the reviews on the net. However, if the battery still drains quickly after the updates, I don’t think I’d go for this zenpad.

  5. The updates dont do anything still drains fast 100% charged watching online for about 20min and it used 25% of its charged for just 1 episode, the F!

    My pldt telpad last about 12 episode and still have 45% left with the same level of brigthness.

  6. Have the z370cg version, the battery really drain fast 100% to 80% just by watching a 15 mins video and the update dont helped.

  7. How to turn off the system updates when device connected to wifi. I read the zenpad 7 review at Tashiara also but didn’t get my answer.

  8. One of the worst tablets where you can really waste your hard earned money on. Don’t waste your money on this “beta-all-the-time” device. ASUS isn’t even doing anything as the updates really don’t do anything at all. You can battle out it’s performance with a Lenovo Tab 2 A7-20F, and it’ll start crashing and disappointing you. The Lenovo Tab 2 A7-20F is even on Kitkat, has a sub-Php4k price with only 1Gb of RAM but it can take down the Z370cg with no frills. So, unless you have money to waste, then go ahead and do so on this.

  9. I regret buying this tablet. It is nigh unusable, Battery life is pathetic and drains so fast it does not even last the duration of one feature length movie.

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