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This is an increasingly mobile world, and many companies are turning to the tablet to satisfy their business needs. Tablets have responded with enterprise-level apps and the power to allow for companies to keep their employees mobile, and still very productive. There are a lot of options out there, so we’ve put together a list of the best tablets for business around (for yourself or even your employees) to get the job done.

The best tablets for business:

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro X
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
  3. Apple iPad Pro
  4. Google Pixel Slate
  5. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best business tablets regularly as new devices launch.


1. The best Windows business tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Edge Chromium Surface Pro X

Just because you’re using one of the many tablets for business on-the-go it doesn’t mean you have to leave the traditional computer behind. Far from it. Microsoft has been trying to bridge that gap between PC and tablet for years and it has really hit a home run with the Surface Pro X. Take all the power and performance from your traditional PC and inject it into a beautiful tablet and you have the Surface Pro X.

When you add the Surface Pen and the keyboard cover to this tablet, you may as well be walking around with a fully functional computer. It runs Windows 10, so there’s no need to train your employees to use something different. It’s one of the best mobile options out there because its form is mobile, but its function is a desktop computer.

The Surface Pro X starts at around $1,000, so it’s not the cheapest option out there. But when you need to send your employees into the field, it’s best to send them with a portable powerhouse that is still just as familiar as the PC on their desk.

Specs:

  • Display: 13-inch with 2,880 x 1,824 resolution
  • CPU: Microsoft SQ1
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB of SSD
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Rear camera: 10MP
  • Battery life: Up to 13.5 hours
  • OS: Windows 10

2. The best Android business tablet: Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus right profile

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is hard to beat and stands high as one of the best tablets for business. This pad comes with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, and a hefty 10,090mAh battery. This makes it a more than capable laptop replacement if you don’t mind living with Android.

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The screen is now much larger at 12.4 inches, which will prove to be useful during business trips. It’s also a gorgeous Super AMOLED panel with a 2,800 x 1,752 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. To make your business trips even more productive, you can also opt for a data-connected version with 5G/LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus competes only with the best, and it’s a welcomed premium product considering the high-end Android tablet market isn’t what it used to be.

Specs:

  • Display: 12.4-inch, 2,800 x 1,752 resolution
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Battery life: Over 13 hours
  • OS: Android 10

3. The most popular tablet for business: Apple iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro 2020 on bench

iPad has been leading the tablet race pretty much since its debut. If you want a device that was built to be a tablet first, the iPad Pro is the start of your journey. It has a dedicated app ecosystem that is designed for the iPad — it’s hard to beat that. While Windows and Android may have more apps in general, none boasts as many apps designed for the tablet space.

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Plus, the iPad Pro has all the beauty and power you could want in a small package. Paired with the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, it allows you to perform nearly any task you might want to while you’re away from your desk. The iPad Pro is fast and compact, slipping easily into a bag or backpack while adding very little weight. With all-day battery life on board, this tablet will power through the most complicated tasks from writing, to movie editing, and anything in between.

The new iPad Pro comes in two screen sizes: 11- and 12.9-inch. It has slimmer bezels than its predecessor and comes with Apple’s Face ID technology. However, it does not have a headphone jack. Also keep in mind that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are sold separately.

Specs:

  • Display: 11/12.9-inch with 2,388 x 1,668/2,732 x 2,048 resolution
  • CPU: A12Z Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB of RAM
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 10MP
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • OS: iPadOS 13.4

4. The best Chrome OS option: Google Pixel Slate

google Pixel Slate tablet for business users

What makes the Pixel Slate one of the best tablets for business is a combination of a great design, portability, and high-end specs. It runs Chrome OS, which gives you access to all the apps in the Play Store, as well as web apps and even support for Linux apps. You can pair it with the Pixelbook Pen and a keyboard that doubles as a protective case, both of which are sold separately.

The Pixel Slate offers up to 12 hours of battery life.

The Pixel Slate comes in a number of configurations suitable for all business needs. It features a fantastic display, great speakers, and a fingerprint scanner to protect your data from prying eyes. It also promises up to 12 hours of battery life. However, it does not have a headphone jack on board or supports expandable storage.

Google’s Pixel Slate business tablet is expensive, with the entry-level model coming in at $500. The top-of-the-line variant will set you back $900 and doesn’t include the keyboard or the Pixelbook Pen, which will increase the price by an extra $200 and $100.

Specs:

  • Display: 12.3-inch with 3,000 x 2,000 resolution
  • CPU: Intel Core m3, i5, i7, or Celeron
  • RAM: 4/8/16GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128/256GB
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • OS: Chrome OS

5. The best on a budget: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo Chromebook Duet tablet for business users

Maybe you don’t need something as fancy, powerful, and expensive. The best business tablet to ensure the most bang for your buck is definitely the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. While prices vary, it can always be found around the $300 price point. You also get quite the package for such a low amount of cash, and it will surely keep you busy during business trips.

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Specs aren’t impressive, but since the Duet runs Chrome OS it doesn’t need much to run smoothly, especially if you are mostly doing office work. Not to mention you also get the keyboard, which doubles as protection. Typing documents will be a breeze, and if you want to take some notes a stylus is also available.

Specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • OS: Chrome OS

Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority
Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority
Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority