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Apr 2017
We removed the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8.0-inch from our list this month.

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Tablets aren’t the hot commodity that they once were. As a result, we’re seeing fewer models, less diverse options and less choice all around. The good news is that it is increasingly easy to find a decent cheap Android tablet.  

Tablets are still great for e-reading uses, as a kid’s device, and the list goes on. So, without further ado, here are the best cheap Android tablets you can buy. 

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Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best cheap Android tablets as more devices hit the market.


1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)

best cheap tablets - samsung galaxy tab a 10.1 (2019)

The Galaxy Tab A series has been due for a refresh for a while now and Samsung did exactly that with the latest addition to its affordable tablet range – the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019).

Despite being one of the best cheap tablets Samsung has to offer, the 2019-edition Galaxy Tab A keeps pace with the more expensive Samsung tablets. There’s no home button in sight, the bezels along the sides of the display are much thinner, it comes with a premium metal build, and the device is running Android 9.0 Pie.

The Galaxy Tab A comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box.

On the specs side, you get a 10.1-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution, the Exynos 7904 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. It also comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter. Keeping everything running is a large 6,150mAh battery.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is also a great device for kids. With the Samsung Kids subscription service, you can get access to over 5,000 game and video titles to keep your kids busy. Of course, you will also have the ability to monitor usage and set screen time restrictions as well.
The list of the best cheap Android tablets was showing its age, so a 2019 release is certainly a welcome addition. You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) for just $201.99.


Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD
  • SoC: Exynos 7904
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 6,150mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


2. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Mi Pad 4 best budget tablet

Xiaomi always has great budget products on offer and tablets are no exception. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the latest and great from the Chinese manufacturer.

The 8-inch version of the Mi Pad 4 is small but powerful. It boasts impressive specs for its low price of around $200. It comes with either 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, and it’s powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 660 AIE processor. This makes the Mi Pad 4 ideal not just for reading and streaming, but also playing games. It won’t struggle with anything but the most demanding titles. Reaching for the charger won’t be too frequent either, thanks to its relatively large 6000mAh battery.

The Mi Pad 4 is the best looking budget tablet.

You can take the Mi Pad 4 with you on the go without worrying about finding a free Wi-Fi hotspot if you opt for the slightly more expensive ($239.99) LTE version. The design of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is also more modern and sleeker than most budget tablets. It has slim size bezels and it comes in black or gold.

However, the tablet also has two other versions — Chinese and Multilanguage. We recommend purchasing the Multilanguage one, which you can find on the official Xiaomi AliExpress store. Depending on your region, you might have to pay additional import fees, but the Mi Pad 4 is still one of the best cheap tablets you can get your hands on.


Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, FHD
  • SoC: SD 660 AIE
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


3. Lenovo Smart Tab M10

Lenovo Smart Tab M10

The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 is the newest addition to Lenovo’s cheap tablet offerings and comes with a unique feature that really makes it stand out from the competition. 

First, let’s take a quick look at the specs though. The Tab M10 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD+ display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of built-in storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. Two front-facing speakers ensure an immersive audio experience and a large 4,850mAh battery keeps everything running. 

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There are no surprises as far as the specs are concerned. What makes the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 unique though comes in the form of a charging dock that makes the tablet double as a smart speaker with Alexa built-in. The dock also has two 3W speakers and three far-field microphones. When the tablet is placed in the dock, it turns the smart speaker into a touchscreen smart device. You can use it to view content on your security videos, ask it to show you recipes, order it to open your calendar, and much more.

The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 is priced starting at $179 for the 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage version. An additional gig of RAM and double the storage will cost you an additional $20. 


Lenovo Smart Tab M10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD
  • SoC: SD 450
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 4,850mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


4. Amazon Fire family

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Amazon’s Fire family continues to get better, and cheaper too! The Amazon Fire 7 includes a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display. Inside, it has an unnamed quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p front-facing camera, and a 2MP rear camera. This cheap Android tablet starts at the near rock-bottom price of $50 with 16GB of storage and “special offers” that appear on the device’s lock screen.

You can also get it for $70 with 32GB of storage and “special offers”. Both versions have a microSD card slot for adding up two 512GB of storage You can get rid of those ads on the lock screen if you pay $15 more for either model.

The newer version of the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 1.5GB of RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It shares the same processor, primary camera, and color options with the smaller Fire 7. Prices begin at $80 with 16GB of onboard storage and “special offers”, or $110 with 32GB of storage and “special offers”. Again, you can purchase the tablet without those pesky Amazon ads for an additional $15.

You can't go wrong with any of the Fire tablets.

Last but not least, the Fire HD 10 offers amazing value, starting at just $150. For that price, you get a 10.1-inch Full HD display, 32GB storage (a 64GB option is also available for $190), microSD expansion, unlimited cloud storage, and more. The device is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.

What really makes the Fire HD 10 stand out is its integrated Alexa functionality. While the entire Fire family now offers this, the Fire 10 is hands-free. That means you can essentially use it in a similar way to devices like the Amazon Echo family. As with the others, you don’t get Google Play and have a very customized Android experience, but at this price point, it’s hard not to be impressed.


Amazon Fire HD 8 specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, HD+
  • SoC: 1.3GHz processor
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: VGA
  • Battery: 3,210mAh
  • Software: Customized Android 5.1


Amazon Fire HD 10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD
  • SoC: 1.8GHz processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 3,830mAh
  • Software: Customized Android 5.1


5. Huawei MediaPad T5

Huawei MediaPad T5

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is another enticing option if you’re looking for one of the best cheap Android tablets under $200. 

The specs list looks largely the same as every other device on this list. You get a 10.1-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution, the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. Keeping everything running is a large 5,100mAh battery. 

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However, the selling point here is the audio quality that is available with the MediaPad T5 that defies the price point of this affordable device. The dual speakers are tuned by Harman-Kardon and provide rich sound and an immersive experience. 

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is currently priced at just $179.99.


Huawei MediaPad T5 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 659
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 5,100mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


6. ZTE ZPad

ZTE ZPad

You might be familiar with ZTE thanks to their popular Nubia Red Magic gaming phones. However, the Chinese manufacturer also offers tablets. In fact, the ZTE ZPad is one the best budget devices on the market.

At 10 inches, it sports a Full HD + display and dual speaker that make it excellent for casual gaming and media viewing. The other specs a pretty similar to other tablets on the list. You will find 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, as well as a Snapdragon 600 octa-core processor. What makes the ZTE Zpad stand out is its large battery. With 9070mAh on board, it should easily last you throughout the day.

The ZTE ZPad is not among the newest budget tablets, but it still holds its own.

For video conferences and chats, you’ll be happy to know that the ZTE ZPad has a 5MP camera on the front and back. It won’t take breathtaking shots, but it will get the job done.

In terms of design, the tablet is pretty standard. If you are not a stickler for thin bezels, the ZTE ZPad is one of the budget Android tablets you can choose.


ZTE ZPad specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 600
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 9070mAh
  • Software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow


7. Acer Iconia One 10

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The last model on our list of the best cheap Android tablets is the Acer Iconia One 10. The mid-range device sports a 10.1-inch Full HD display and has a speaker up front, making it a great choice for watching videos.

You’ll find the MediaTek MT8167A chipset under the hood along with 2GB of RAM. The tablet has 32GB of storage, which you can expand for an additional 128GB. It features a metal body for a premium look and feel and comes in silver. The battery is quite large, coming in at 6,100mAh.

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The Acer Iconia One 10 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and although it isn’t it the cheapest tablet on this list, it definitely won’t break the bank. You can get it from Amazon for around $156.99.


Acer Iconia One 10 specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, FHD
  • SoC: MediaTek MT8167A
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 6,100mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


There you have it — our picks for the best cheap tablets you can get your hands on. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!