While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis into quality on a budget. This is especially true with tablets, a category that isn’t quite as popular as it once was.

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. One thing we want to mention before fully diving in is that some of these tablets aren’t exactly ‘new’ anymore (some as much as 2 years old), but the tablet market doesn’t move quite as fast as the handset market.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market. Last updated January 30th, 2018.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

The Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range tablet that sports an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. It packs a large 5,000 mAh battery that’s good for up to 14 hours of video playback, according to Samsung.

The device is powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset, has 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage (up to 256 GB). Other specs and features include an 8 MP primary camera, a metal body, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A is a great device for kids. It supports Kids Mode, which provides children with games and videos from content providers Samsung has teamed up with. The subscription service includes 5,000 exclusive game and video titles from The LEGO group, including the popular apps LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham and LEGO NINJAGO: Shadow of RONI.

The device also comes with a free three-month subscription to YouTube Red that gets rid of those annoying ads before and between videos. You can order yours from Amazon for $200.

Specs

  • 8.0-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 189 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 5,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9 mm, 364 g

Lenovo Tab 4

You can choose between an 8- and a 10-inch version of the Lenovo Tab 4. Both tablets feature an HD display, the Snapdragon 425 processor, and 2 GB of RAM. They also come with dual front-facing speakers with support for Dolby ATMOS features.

The great thing about the tablets is that they allow users to set up separate profiles with their own settings and wallpapers, along with logins for social media apps like Facebook and Instagram. This is a great feature to have if the device is being used by the whole family.

Lenovo’s Tab 4 devices are also great options for children. Parents can make an account offering content that’s specific to and curated for kids, and set up usage limits with on-times and down-times.

The 8-inch version of the tablet is listed at $130 on Amazon, while the larger model will set you back $170.

Specs

Lenovo Tab 4 (8-inch model)

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 189 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,850 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 211 x 124 x 8.2 mm, 310 g

Lenovo Tab 4 (10-inch model)

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 149 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 7,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 246 x 170 x 7.6 mm, 506 g

LG G Pad II (8-inch model)

Even though it’s a few years old, the LG Pad II is still a great tablet. It sports an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, is powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset, and has 1 GB of RAM.

What sets it apart from the competition is that it features a full-sized USB 2.0 port, which can be used for things like transferring files to a PC. The device also has a built-in stylus that gets the job done, but isn’t as advanced as the one that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

LG’s tablet offers 3G connectivity and is unlocked, so it works with all carriers. Other specs and features worth mentioning include 16 GB of expandable storage, a 5 MP primary camera, and a 4,200 mAh battery. As it’s an older device, it ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board.

The LG G Pad II is a great option for those shopping for a new tablet on a budget — you can get it for just $130 on Amazon.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 189 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 210 x 124 x 9 mm, 348 g

Asus ZenPad 10

Asus’ affordable tablet sports a 10.1-inch display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and is powered by MediaTek’s 8163 chipset. It has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage, and an 18 Wh battery.

The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI skin on top. It’s equipped with a 5 MP primary camera and 2 MP selfie snapper.

The ZenPad 10 is packed with all sorts of features. You’ll find Asus’ Splendid Technology on board that lets you adjust image color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness for your own optimized viewing experience. Then there’s also the Bluelight Filter that reduces eye fatigue by minimizing blue light emission from the screen, and much more.

The tablet won’t break the bank, as you can get it from Best Buy for $180.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 149 ppi
  • Quad-core MediaTek 8163 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 18 Wh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 251 x 171 x 8 mm, 490 g

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8

Huawei’s lineup of MediaPad tablets are always solid choices, but most of them are on the higher end of the price scale. The one exception is the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8, which just barely makes this cheap Android tablets list at $199 on Amazon. For that price you get an 8-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 processor inside (rather than Huawei’s own in-house chip).

You also get 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, but you can add up to 256GB of additional storage with a microSD card. There are 8MP cameras on both the front and the back of the tablet, and its big 4,800mAh battery is supposed to last up to 10 hours for video use. You will also get dual speakers for a better audio experience.

Specs

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,200  resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 213.3 x 123.3 x 7.5 mm, 310 g

Amazon Fire family

Amazon’s Fire family continues to get better, and cheaper too! The Fire 7 starts at just $49.99, the Fire HD 8 starts at $89.99, and you can get the Fire HD 10 for just $150.

The Amazon Fire 7 includes a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 IPS display. Inside, it has an unnamed quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a VGA front-facing camera and a 2 MP rear camera. The battery life for the new Fire 7 has been upgraded from 7 hours to 8 hours on a single charge. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi hardware for the first time. You can purchase the tablet in black, yellow, blue or red colors.

The Amazon Fire 7 starts at the near rock-bottom price of $49.99 with 8 GB of onboard storage and “special offers” that appear on the tablet’s launch screen. You can also get the tablet for $69.99 with 16 GB of storage and “special offers”. Both versions have a microSD card slot for adding even more storage. You can get rid of those ads on the launch screen if you pay $15 more for either model.

The new version of the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet has an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 1.5 GB of RAM, and up to 12 hours of battery life. It shares the same processor, cameras, Wi-Fi hardware and color options with the smaller Fire 7. Prices begin at $79.99 with 16 GB of onboard storage and “special offers”, or $109.99 with 32 GB of storage and “special offers”.  Again, you can purchase the tablet without those pesky Amazon ads for an additional $15.

You also have the option to buy the “Kids Edition” of both tablets if you want to give one to your children, or friends with kids. They both include a tough “kid proof” case, a two-year “worry-free guarantee” and free access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which offers kids access to 15,000 curated books, videos, educational apps, and games, along with parental controls and other content. The Fire 7 Kids Edition, with 16 GB of storage, is priced at $99.99, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, with 32 GB of storage, costs $129.99. Thankfully, neither comes with “special offers”.

Last but not least, the new Fire HD 10 is an amazing value, starting at $149.99. For that price you get a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 32GB storage (64GB option also available for $180), 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 all the 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.

Specs

Amazon Fire 7

  • 7.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, 171 ppi
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 or 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • 2 MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • 192 mm x 115 mm x 9.6 mm, 295 g

Amazon Fire HD 8

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 189 ppi
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • 2 MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life
  • 214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm, 369 g

Amazon Fire HD 10

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • MediaTek quad-core: 2 @ 1.8GHz, 2 @ 1.4GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • Up to 10 hours battery life
  • 262 x  159 x 9.8mm, 500 g

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8

 
The 8-inch version of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 costs just $169.99 and packs in some solid hardware specs. The design of the tablet is similar to other Android-based Yoga tablets from Lenovo. It includes a unique kickstand that can be popped out from the bottom. It has several different modes, including the typical standing and tilting configurations for hands-free operations, plus it has a hole in the middle that allows the tablet to be placed on a hanger.
The tablet comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed, with an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display. Inside, there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009 processor running at 1.3 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 128 GB of additional storage. The 8 MP camera is placed on the bottom next to the kickstand and can be rotated 180 degrees so you can use it as both your rear and your front-facing camera. It also supports a few gesture controls, such as a way for the owner to simply open and close their hand in front of the camera for it to take a picture without the need to touch the display.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 also has dual front-facing speakers for a better audio experience out of the box, with support for Dolby Atmos. Finally, the battery life for this 1.03 pound tablet is supposed to last up to 20 hours.

Specs

  • 8.0-inch display with 1,280 x 800 resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion
  • 8 MP camera, can rotate 180 degrees
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • 5.74 x 8.26 x 0.13 inches, 1.03 pounds

There you have it – our picks from the best affordable tablets Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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