Because large-screen smartphones have stolen a huge chunk of the tablet market, Android tablet manufacturers are working extra hard, trying to come up with devices that are both feature-packed and affordable. Indeed, it was never a better time to buy a tablet for under $300, and we’ve compared what’s currently on the market and picked our top five favorites to help you pick an inexpensive tablet that meets your needs.
Tablet for Under $300
|Lenovo||Lenovo ZA1N0007US Yoga Tab 3 Plus||449,99|
|Asus||ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7"||399,00|
|Huawei||Huawei MediaPad M5 Android Tablet- 8.4 inch||319,00|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inch||199,99|
|Amazon||Amazon Fire HD 10||149,99|
Huawei MediaPad M5
Selected as one of the best devices of MWC 2018, the Huawei MediaPad M5 certainly doesn’t feel like a budget tablet. In fact, its price hovers around $300, so you might need to wait a while to get it for under $300, but we can assure you that the wait will be worth it.
At 8.4 inches and with a screen-to-body ratio of 82 percent, the M5 is compact enough to fit inside your pocket yet large enough to make movies, websites, books, and games come to life. Its 2K display features HUAWEI ClariVu technology, which uses intelligent algorithms to adjust unclear frames or drops in contrast ratio to deliver a better viewing experience.
At night, you can activate the Eye Comfort Mode to reduce the amount of harmful blue light emitted by the display to protect your eyes. Two speakers with powerful Smart-PA amplifiers direct sound toward you and make headphones unnecessary.
The M5 runs on Huawei’s custom version of the Android operating system, called EMUI 8.0. Besides being sleeker and easier to use than stock Android, EMUI 8.0 is also enhanced with artificial intelligence engine that dynamically allocates resources to give more CPU and memory to the apps actually used in order to ensure a smooth experience—good stuff.
Asus ZenPad 3S
Stunning is the word that best describes the Asus ZenPad 3S. The body of this 9.7-inch tablet has been crafted from a single piece of aluminum, and it weighs only 430 grams and is only 5.8 mm thin. The slim profile of this elegant tablet is further accented by double, diamond-cut edges that makes it fit right in the palm of your hand.
The Asus ZenPad 3S continues to be visually pleasing even when you turn it on, greeting you with expansive visuals with fine details provided by its large display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a wide 178-degree viewing angle, and a 78 percent screen-to-body ratio for a vast viewing experience in a compact body.
With its fast hexa-core processor, IMG GX6250 graphics, and 4 GB of memory, the Asus ZenPad 3S is able to handle even the most demanding apps and games with plenty of processing power to spare. Also plentiful is the capacity of the tablet’s battery, which is rated at 5,900 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus from Lenovo is a unique tablet that offers four distinct usage modes. You can, of course, hold it in your hand or place it on an even surface just like all other tablets. It’s also possible to hang it on the wall like a picture or pop the kickstand open by pushing the button in the middle and stand it like a book. This flexibility makes the Yoga Tab 3 Plus a fantastic companion for many everyday tasks, including cooking, eating, cleaning, relaxing, or working out.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus has a 10.1-inch IPS display with a QHD resolution, four integrated front-facing JBL speakers and powerfully immersive Dolby Atmos, a massive battery that can power it for up to 18 hours, and support for Lenovo Media Cast for sharing your favorite movies or YouTube videos with friends.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
The new Galaxy Tab A is a fantastic budget tablet from Samsung that’s perfect for casual users who are looking for a capable tablet that can perform all common tasks and last a long time on a single charge.
Like high-end Samsung devices, the Galaxy Tab A can open two apps side-by-side so you can, for example, flip through your photos while browsing online. The tablet also comes with a special Kids Mode, which significantly simplifies the interface and gives parents extensive control over their kids’ activity.
The Galaxy Tab A can be easily shared among multiple people, and it keeps your personal information safe even when someone else is signed in. All of this and the fact that its frame is made of aluminum make the Galaxy Tab A one of the best tablets for families for under $300 in 2018.
Amazon Fire HD 10
The Fire HD 10 is the largest tablet from Amazon so far, and it’s an excellent choice for anyone who’s invested in Amazon’s ecosystem. The tablet features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, a powerful quad-core processor, up to 64 GB of internal storage space, twice the RAM of the previous generation, and up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 has a 2 MP rear-facing camera and a VGA camera in the front. While neither of the two cameras will amaze you with excellent image quality, they are both fine of Skype calls with friends and family or for kids to play with.