While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality while 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 cheap Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great affordable 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 the best cheap Android tablets. One thing we want to mention before fully diving in is that the tablet market doesn’t move quite as fast as the handset market, so some of the products on this list aren’t exactly ‘new’ anymore.

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

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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 5,000mAh 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 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage (up to 400GB). Other specs and features include an 8MP primary camera, a metal body, and Android 7.1 Nougat.

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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 Premium (previously YouTube Red) that gets rid of those annoying ads before and between videos and gives you access to millions of songs via YouTube Music. All these things combined make the Galaxy Tab A one of the best cheap tablets on the market. You can order yours from Amazon for $200.

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Specs

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 189ppi
  • Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 5,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9mm, 358g

Lenovo Tab 4

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

Lenovo’s Tab 4 tablets are a great choice for those who have kids.

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 those who have children. Parents can make an account with content that’s specific to and curated for kids, and set up usage limits with on-times and down-times.

The Lenovo Tab 4 and 8 were announced at the beginning of last year, so they are not the latest tablets you can get. Lenovo is selling the 8-inch version for $130, while the larger model will set you back $153.

Specs

Lenovo Tab 4 (8-inch model)

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 189ppi
  • Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,850 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 211 x 124 x 8.2mm, 310g

Lenovo Tab 4 (10-inch model)

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 149ppi
  • Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 7,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 246 x 170 x 7.6 mm, 506g

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 1.3 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a VGA front-facing camera, and a 2MP rear camera. This cheap Android tablet starts at the near rock-bottom price of $40 with 8GB of storage and “special offers” that appear on the device’s lock screen. You can also get it for $60 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 lock screen if you pay $15 more for either model.

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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 10 hours of battery life. It shares the same processor, primary camera, and color options with the smaller Fire 7. Prices begin at $60 with 16 GB of onboard storage and “special offers”, or $90 with 32 GB 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 $120. For that price you get a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 32GB storage (a 64GB option is also available for $160), 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.

An image depicting the front and back of an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, the 2018 model.

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
  • 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD expansion
  • 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Up to 8 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
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB 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

Asus ZenPad 10

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Asus’ cheap Android tablet sports a 10.1-inch display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and is powered by MediaTek’s 8163 chipset. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 4,680mAh battery that should be good for up to 9 hours of use. It’s not the most powerful tablet you can get, but it’s more than adequate for average users.

The Asus ZenPad 10 comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for one year.

The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s ZenUI skin on top. It’s equipped with a 5MP primary camera, a 2MP selfie snapper, and comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for one year.

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 $199.99.

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Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 149ppi
  • MediaTek 8163 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4.680mAh  battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 251 x 171 x 8 mm, 490g

Huawei MediaPad T3 10 and 8

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The Huawei MediaPad T3 8 and MediaPad T3 10 are almost identical in terms of specs, with a few differences here and there. The biggest one is the display. The smaller of the two tablets sports an 8.0-inch display, while the one on the T3 10 measures 9.6 inches. Both come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, although the larger model is also available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

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The rest of the specs are the same, including the 4,800mAh battery — which is weird given that the tablets are not the same size. Other specs and features include the Snapdragon 425 chipset, an aluminum body, and a 5MP primary camera you’ll likely never use.

The Huawei MediaPad T3 8 can be yours for $135, while its bigger brother goes for around $30 more. Both of these cheap Android tablets come in silver.

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Specs

Huawei MediaPad T3 8

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 188ppi
  • Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 4,800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 211 x 124.6 x 7.9mm, 350g

Huawei MediaPad T3 10

  • 9.6-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 157ppi
  • Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2/3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 4,800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 229.8 x 159.8 x 7.9mm, 460g

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.

The Acer Iconia One 10 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and packs a 6,100mAh battery.

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 a little over $180.

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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 Android tablets you can get your hands on. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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