Best cheap Android tablets (June 2015)

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 19, 2015
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While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve their game in the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

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If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best affordable Android tablets. Let’s get started!

Update, June 2015: Joining the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Asus MemoPad 8 on our list, are some new devices like the 10-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10, as well as tablets that have received significant price cut that put them in the range of $200 or below, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being almost two years old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best tablets you can buy, and with newer tablets making their way to consumers, the already attractive price tag of the Nexus 7 (2013) is bound to get even better.

The Nexus 7 (2013)’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM is still more than capable of handling all but the most processor-intensive activities. Its display resolution is still the highest you can get in this size category, and most importantly, you get a great software experience, helped along by the guarantee of timely updates, including Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is why the Nexus 7 (2013) opens our list of best cheap Android tablets.

Specs

  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3,950 mAh
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Buy from Amazon from $182

Asus MeMO Pad 8

asus memopad 8

Asus refreshed the affordable Android tablet it first launched last year, bringing to the new MeMO Pad 8 improved specifications and a better overall performance. The new MeMO Pad 8 combines a 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor running at 1.33 GHz and 1GB of RAM. A thin and light design makes this tablet very portable, and a ton of extra goodies worth around $270 makes this a good choice for budget buyers.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1200 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 211.7 x 124.9 x 8.3 mm, 320 grams
  • 3,040 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Buy from Amazon from $179

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

While the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is priced slightly above $200, it’s a difficult device to ignore, given all that it offers for only a slightly higher price tag compared to the other devices on this list of cheap Android tablets. With its very high resolution display, making it a fantastic media-consumption companion, and a processing package that powered flagship devices only a short time ago, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is more than impressive when you consider its price point.

Samsung is known for packing their devices to the hilt with software features, and that is also available here for those that are looking for it. Samsung has refreshed their mid-range tablet portfolio since the release of this device, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 remains one of the best choices of the lot, and not only because of its comparatively cheaper price point.

Specs

  • 8.4-inch Super Clear LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution (359 ppi)
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams
  • 4,800 mAh
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop arriving in Q3 2015)

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Buy from Amazon from $223

Dell Venue 8

dell venue 8

The already budget-friendly Dell Venue 8 saw a significant price cut following the release of its successor, making this one of the cheapest Android tablets currently available. Powered by an Intel processor that is backed by 1 GB of RAM, the specifications of this tablet may not be as impressive as some of the others on this list, but it is still quite a capable performer, with a display resolution that is great for watching videos or gaming. Of course, it is hard to overlook its unbeatable sub-$130 price point, making it a great choice for those on a budget.

Specs

  • 8-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Z3480 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 130 x 216 x 8.95 mm
  • 4,550 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
Buy from Amazon from $129

LG G Pad 8 (LGV480)

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Following the success of the LG G Pad 8.3, LG added three new devices to their G Pad tablet line last year, featuring three different display sizes. Falling in the middle of the pack was the LG G Pad 8.0, with its 8-inch display big enough to enjoy gaming and video watching, without being too unwieldy. On the specifications front, the device may not feature a display with a particularly high resolution, but the Snapdragon 400 processor has proven itself to be a very reliable processing package.

This is also one of the few budget-friendly tablets to receive an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, making for a very compelling package overall.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9 mm, 342 grams
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
Buy from Amazon from $169

Acer Iconia Tab 8

acer iconia tab 8

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is another great option for those looking for a low-cost tablet that offers solid specifications and performance. The device also comes with a premium design and build quality that goes beyond what its price point suggests, a high resolution display, and dual rear speakers that allow for a good audio experience, along with a large battery and the promise of an impressive battery life. Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 is certainly one of the best options when it comes to cheap Android tablets.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor (1.86 GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge) GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,600 mAh battery
  • 215 x 130 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Buy from Amazon from $189

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

The Kindle Fire HDX was another fantastic addition to the popular tablet line from Amazon, offering features and specifications that allow for solid performance and a high resolution display and dual Dolby Digital speakers that makes it a great media-consumption companion. While the software iteration is far removed from the traditional Android experience, this take on Android is ideal to take advantage of the Amazon ecosystem and everything it entails, including games, books, movies, and more. If you’re in the market for a low-cost Android tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX is a great choice for you.

Specs

  • 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (323 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB storage
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • battery allows for battery life up to 11 hours
  • 186 x 128 x 9 mm, 303 grams
  • Fire OS 4

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Buy from Amazon from $179

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a lot going for it when compared to the rest of the devices on this list. For starters, this is the only device to be released in 2015, introduced back at MWC this year, while being the only 10-inch tablet in this roundup as well. This is also the first tablets to feature Dolby ATMOS 3D Cinema audio enhancements, which aims to make your audio experience much clearer, while taking advantage of the beautiful, large Full HD display. Performance is impressively smooth, and while mobile photography isn’t a key feature when it comes to tablets, this device does offer a solid camera experience. If you’re looking for a large-screen tablet experience on a budget, look no further than the Lenovo Tab 2 A10.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (218 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8165 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm, 509 grams
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the end of June)

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Buy from Amazon from $199

And there you have it – our list of the nicest affordable tablets on the market right now! We’ll be keeping this post updated, so be sure to check back. You can’t really go wrong with any of the tablets listed above. Let us know what you think are the best cheap Android tablets!

  • NvidiaJim

    Tegra Note ftw

  • Hamza

    Where’s the Venue 8?

    • James Ickes

      I agree. Well my wife has the 7 and it’s a snappy little thing

      • Hamza

        My brother has a Venue 8 and it just flies like Nexus 7…2 gig dual core intel atom is fair enough and 2gb ram that is just a superb tablet..although it has a low ppi but $150 makes it an exceptional case

    • Praetor918

      Why do you think the title of this webpage is
      “Best Android tablets under $199″?

  • Minhnghia Bui

    Best cheap Android tablet: Nexus 7 2013.

    Best cheap Android phone: Nexus 5

    There are frist devices of all device eat Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    I love Google Nexus 7 & 5!!!!!!!!!!!

  • derekisthematrix

    How about something in the 10″ category? (side note: I have a Matricom G-Tab Quantum w/1.5 Ghz quad core A31 Allwinner chip that REALLY lags bad so I’d stay away from off brand cpus if possible)

    • Tandem0

      Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is in the list and it has 10-inch Full HD display.

  • mistermastermind

    they should’ve kept selling the nexus 7…or make a new version, a nexus 7 that has 7.7 inch screen (yeah, still seven) and an nvidia tegra k1 processor. the nexus 7 is pretty much a brand on its own since it has two versions already.

    • mpflinn

      And ruined with 5.0 and delayed, ineffective update for many of us with Nexus 7.

  • igy

    don’t look devices under 1.5 gb ram. there are too many applications that it ram.

  • Vinay Mallik

    I hate tablets which have low ppi.

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  • Ozome

    I love the Lenovo Ideatab for its low price and decent looks.

    Might get a Lenovo next Xmas.

  • ThunderCrackR

    Nexus 7 FTW!

  • hoggleboggle

    You left out the fabulous Hudl 2 for the UK market. Full HD display for £129 ($166 once you deduct VAT)

  • Ricardo A. Fragoso

    N7 all the way… ;D

  • Eduardo Laguna

    I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 and it is a piece of crap, DO NOT BUY

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    Isn’t it amazing that you can pick up a 72 GPU tablet, for US $152, or a FHD tablet for $200 US, go android, go hardware manufacturers, waiting for my 32 GB Nexus 9, $487 US, if you want a real bargain, look for a Nexus 10 QHD second hand, mine cost $300 AUD retail new.

    • Shiloh Trigg

      bought my nexus 10 for $195 NEW at walmart. they were doing a 25% off deal on several no longer manufactured devices.

      • stucrmnx120fshwf

        Yup got mine for $300 AUD, 9 months ago in Dick Smiths, AUD is less than the US dollar and it was 9 months ago. Sold it for $335 AUD, 32 GB Nexus 9, was $570, so with costs upgrade to 32 GB N9 only cost $270 AUD. Or about $215 US, nay, nay, na nay, nay, I beat you, fabulous piece of kit the Nexus 10 though, that’s why I got more than I bought it for. Enjoy Lollipop 5.0.1, you might have to do a factory reset, to get it to work well. Again in all seriousness, nay, nay, na nay, nay !!! Booya !!

        • Shiloh Trigg

          I don’t want a nexus 9. I may still get a nexus 5, but beyond that I think I’m done with nexus devices.

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            Yeh the price performance, of the current generation of Nexus devices, aren’t as good as last time. The N5 was a huge advance on the N4, at the same release prices, the first and second generation N7’s, were great value. I was hooked in by the 64 bit, 192 graphics processors, but N6 is only 32 bit, not as big a pixel leap, as N4 to N5, but it’s much more expensive. And yikes, a hundred AUD more for 16 extra gig of flash, on the N9, when 32 extra gig on the N6, only costs $50 AUD more, 4 times as much, what a rip off.

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            P.S., One Plus One is half the price of the N6, with similar specs.

  • Naimul Niloy

    where is memo pad 7 (me176c/x)?

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  • Pedro FPS

    Great list, but as a Galaxy Note aficionado, I’m missing this great tablets the note 10 2014 and the note pro…
    What I’m REALY missing is a new note 8ish 2014…

  • Jack

    Hudl 2 from Tesco in the UK is better than all of these!

  • Guest

    ur missing all the cheap chinese tablets here

    such as this chinese cube talk-9x 9.7 inch octa core tablet with retina display, 3g and call function, and 10000 mah battery

    http://www.cube-tablet.com/cube-talk-9x-tablet-phone-octa-core-9-7-inch-retina-2048-x-1536-3g-gps-bluetooth-fm-2gb.html

  • omgwtfbbqhax1

    You are missing bunch of cheap chinese tablets that are under $200 but has specs comparable to top end tablets. For example:
    http://www.cube-tablet.com/cube-talk-9x-tablet-phone-octa-core-9-7-inch-retina-2048-x-1536-3g-gps-bluetooth-fm-2gb.html

    For $189, you get
    octacore processor
    2048*1536 resolution retina IPS display
    2gb ram
    3G and call function
    GPS
    10000 mAH battery

  • david

    where is Asus Fonepad 7 FE170CG ???

  • david

    where is Asus Fonepad 7 FE170CG

  • Bugge

    We dont want 7 inch tablets when we got 5,5″ phones. Where are the 10″ tablets??

  • tablet lover

    I loved my fNexus 7 (2013) that I got for a gift about a week ago, but something is wrong with the google play app (I think that’s the cause) that refuses to accept any open wifi signal even if it’s “excellent” signal strength –the icon says it’s connected, but it lets you know it’s refusing the connection because you’ll see the signal strength bars on the app indicator are all ORANGE. I’ve looked all over the net and found LOTS of people with the same problem, but so far no one with a working solution. So I gave up on it, and returned it–and went home and sulked because I really liked the machine itself.

  • Roobla.com/Tech

    I love my G Pad so much. No matter what I’m doing on it, even if I’m going hard on it all day long, I still don’t have a dead battery. It maybe goes down ten percent every two hours or so???…

  • LeetLawrence

    Everything on here except the Nexus 7 has a screen as good as those in 2011… 1280×800 on tablets just isn’t right anymore. I’d buy the Nexus 7 now if it was $100 though.

    • Tandem0

      Did you really read the article? Most of them in the list has Full HD display and one of them has QHD.

      • LeetLawrence

        Like? I can’t access the article, I’m getting a 401 error.

  • Brian

    Can anyone help me? I’m thinking of getting either tab 4 7.0 or the tegra note 7, Which is better and if you know something better with 7 inch screen quad core with cellular service please tell me.

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  • ScrewLouie

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  • peggysue

    Beware the Amazon Fire tablets. If the brand new tablet is defective they will replace it with a refurbished model. This not stated in the return procedure but only written in the fine print on the box. Customer support is hopeless.