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

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

Tablets might not be as big of a deal as they once were, but they are still great for e-reading uses, as a kid’s device, and the list goes on. Here are the best cheap tablets you can buy. 

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

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. 

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 $229.99. 

Specs

  • 10.1-inch TFT display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7904 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 412GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • 6,150mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 245.1 x 149.4 x 7.6mm, 469grams

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. 

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 reveal 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. 

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 4,850 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 243 x 168 x 8mm, 480grams

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 new 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.

Last but not least, the Fire HD 10 is an 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.

Specs

Amazon Fire 7

  • 7.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, 171ppi
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of storage, microSD expansion
  • 2MP rear camera, 720p front camera
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life
  • 192 x 115 x 9.6mm, 295g

Amazon Fire HD 8

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 189ppi
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of storage, microSD expansion
  • 2MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 214 x 128 x 9.7mm, 363g

Amazon Fire HD 10

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 224ppi
  • 1.8GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB of storage, microSD expansion
  • 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 262 x  159 x 9.8mm, 500g

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. 

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. 

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 2.36GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 5,100mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 2243 x 164 x 7.8mm, 460grams

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.

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 Newegg for around $170.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 244ppi
  • MediaTek MT8167A chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB of storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 6,100mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 254 x 169.9 x 8.3mm, 544g

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