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Asus's 7.9-inch ZenPad Z8 Launching on Verizon for $249

If you want a highly-portable media tablet that stays connected via 4G, Verizon has a new and compelling option for you. Available exclusively at big red for $249, the Asus ZenPad Z8, features a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display and two front-facing speakers in a device that's just 0.3 inches thick and 0.7 pounds.

The ZenPad Z8is available for pre-order on Verizon's website and will be on the wireless carriers' retail store shelves beginning June 23. Asus claims that the 2K display features 178-degree viewing angles and software to optimize visuals for gaming, movies and using the tablet outdoors.

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The ZenPad Z8 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and Adreno 510 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Users can add up to 128GB of extra storage with a micro SD card or connect to other devices with its USB Type-C port. The tablet runs Android Marshmallow customized with Asus' ZenUI.

For your internet browsing, the ZenPad Z8 runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network and connects to the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac. The tablet has two cameras: an 8-megapixel shooter on the the back and a 2-MP selfie camera on the front.

We hope to test the ZenPad Z8 soon to see just how well it handles our strong demands for an entertainment tablet.

Andrew joined in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.