Alongside the launch of the Zenpad 8 and Zenpad 7, Asus also launched the higher-spec Zenpad S 8.0 and Zenpad 10 at the Computex show in Taipei.
While the run-of-the-mill 7- and 8-inch versions offer a lot of flexibility in terms of appearance, the Zenpad S comes in only one form - but it is considerably thinner than the more basic models. It is 6.6mm as opposed to 8.9mm.
The display on the S model is markedly different too with a 4:3 aspect ration and 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS panel. Asus states this marks the world's first TV-HDR tablet. These specs really put it in line with the iPad mini, and you can expect that the price tag will reflect this.
What Asus calls True2life Plus offers smooth, non-blurry playback for video and the comparative half-and-half example on the display (one half was using True2life Plus, the other half not) did seem to have a lot more detail to our eyes.
A small but important detail for users is that the S model has switched from the standard Micro-USB port to a USB C-Type port, so gone are the days of using any old USB cable kicking around to charge this tablet.
There's a 5 Megapixel front camera and an 8 megapixel one on the rear, which is quite a jump from the standard 7 and 8 inch versions (2MP/5MP).
Furthermore the S version comes with up to 64GB of storage, as opposed to a 32GB max on the 7 and 8. The S also packs in 4GB of RAM, as opposed to the standard version's 1-2GB.
There are DTS front-facing speakers, which should offer a pretty nice surround sound effect. Sadly the conference was too noisy for us to really put this to the test in our time with the product. There is a stylus available as an add-on.
The catch? The S8 is a Wi-Fi only tablet with no phone capability. The Zenpad 10 veers over to the company's Transformer Book form factor with a detachable keyboard with built-in speakers and an independent image processor. Asus has been using this form for quite a while now, so to detach is fairly smooth, although you do need to use both hands.
The Zenpad S 8.0 is one to watch as the specs really do put it at the high-end of the market. We're looking forward to getting our hands on one for a review so that we can give it a proper run through.