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Tablets haven’t replaced laptops in the way they were once expected to. As a result, there aren’t a lot of excellent Android tablets to choose from in 2021. However, the options that are available tend to pack a solid punch, and often without a painful price tag. Here are the best cheap Android tablets you can get right now.

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While cheap Android tablets won’t knock the Apple iPad off of its lofty throne, they certainly have their value. From kitchen assistants to handy e-readers, you just have to find the right niche. Now, let’s get to shopping.

The best cheap Android tablets:

  1. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus
  2. Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  5. Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen)

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


1. Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

The Amazon Fire family of tablets is a perfect example of what an affordable tablet can be. This option, the Fire HD 8 Plus, isn’t the largest or fastest on this list, yet it performs admirably. At a retail price of just $109.99, this is also the most affordable option on the entire list of cheap Android tablets.

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For your affordable pile of cash, Amazon will grant you an 8-inch, HD display, powered by MediaTek’s quad-core MT8168 processor. The Plus in the name refers to the 3GB of RAM, which is one more than you’ll find on the standard Fire HD 8 tablet. It could also refer to the expandable storage — you start with either 32GB or 64GB, and you can expand it up to 1TB. Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Plus tablet may not be a creative powerhouse, but the front and rear 2MP cameras should work in a pinch.

Of course, you’ll have to be ready to live without Google’s Play Store if you grab an Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet. It runs on the Fire OS platform, so you’ll find Alexa occupying the spaces where Google Assistant would normally be.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus specs:

  • Display: 8-inch, HD
  • SoC: MediaTek MT8168
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32 or 64GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 12 hours
  • Software: Fire OS 7

2. Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Take the last tablet, and make it especially for kids. That’s what you get with the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, and it truly deserves its place among the best cheap Android tablets. It’s slightly more expensive than the Fire HD 8 Plus, but the extra cost comes with making the tablet kid-proof.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about the Kids Edition of the famous Fire tablet is the large blue, purple, or pink case around it. The case comes included in the cost, and it’s plenty tough enough to put up with drops, bumps, and anything else your kids can throw at it. Otherwise, you’ll find that the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition relies on a MediaTek MT8168 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage to get through the day.

If the tough case hasn’t sold you on the kid-friendliness of this cheap Android tablet, maybe the software will. It runs on Amazon’s Fire OS 7, but you get one year of Amazon Kids+ FreeTime Unlimited on top. That means your little ones can tap into a nearly endless well of educational content and games. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition charges via USB-C, so you should have plenty of spare cables lying around already.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition specs:

  • Display: 8-inch HD
  • SoC: MediaTek MT8168
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 12 hours
  • Software: Fire OS 7

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

If you’d rather have a cheap tablet with all of the true Android power you can handle, the Galaxy Tab A7 might fit your needs better than a Fire OS option. It’s a bit more expensive, no doubt, but it offers a spec sheet that Amazon’s tablets can’t keep up with. From a 10.4-inch display to a snappy Exynos processor, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A7 is one of the best.

You won’t find an S Pen bundled with the Galaxy Tab A7, but the powerful performance and Dolby Atmos surround sound should put that right out of your mind. It matches the Fire HD 8 Plus with 32GB of storage that you can boost up to 1TB, and you get two months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify Premium right out of the box. Samsung’s budget-friendly tablet even packs a punch in the battery department — you’re looking at a 7,040mAh cell to keep you moving for up to 15 hours.

While you may not love Bixby as a default assistant, the Galaxy Tab A7 is a no-brainer if you already dwell within the Galaxy ecosystem. You can link your tablet with Galaxy phones or even Galaxy wearables for a connected experience.


Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 specs:

  • Display: 10.4-inch, WUXGA+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 7,040mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

If you don’t mind stepping back a generation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is another worthy competitor from the Korean brand. It’s very similar to the Tab A7 in terms of size and specs, but you’ll find an S Pen included for you to unleash your creative abilities. Better yet, the Tab S6 Lite is more affordable now that the newer option has arrived on the scene.

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Instead of Samsung’s Exynos 9611 chipset, you’ll find an Exynos 9610 unit onboard. You’ll also find just two speakers built into the tablet, but they’re still tuned for Dolby Atmos quality. Samsung’s 8MP and 5MP camera lenses are solid for any tablet, and the 5MP selfie shooter allows you to add Face Unlock for extra security.

Some people prefer a cheap Android tablet that matches the rest of their accessories, and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite delivers on that front. You can choose from Oxford Gray, Chiffon Rose, or Angora Blue if you need a pop of color.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite specs:

  • Display: 10.4-inch, WUXGA+
  • SoC: Exynos 9610
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 7,040mAh
  • Software: Android 10, OneUI 2

5. Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd gen)

The Lenovo brand may not spring to mind as quickly as Samsung or Amazon when it comes to cheap Android tablets, but don’t overlook the refreshed Tab M10 HD. This 2nd-generation device is much-improved thanks to an Android 10 update and MediaTek’s Helio P22T processor.

The octa-core processor powers a crisp, 10.1-inch HD display, along with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The 5,000mAh battery isn’t nearly as large as some on this list, but it should still provide you with up to 10 hours of charge. You can tap into Bluetooth 5.0 to add your favorite headphones and peripherals, and the 85% screen-to-body ratio is perfect for bingeing your favorite shows. Lenovo’s Dolby Atmos speakers help to round out the solid media experience.

The Lenovo Tab M10 HD is a great option for both kids and adults thanks to the inclusion of Google Kids Space. It provides more than 10,000 teacher-approved apps and free books to take learning anywhere you want.


Lenovo Tab M10 HD (2nd Gen) specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch, HD
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P22T
  • RAM: 2/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

There you have it, the best cheap Android tablets you can buy. As promised, our list is short and sweet. Hopefully, 2021 will bring a few new tablet options, and we’ll be sure to add them right here when they launch!