Which are the best 8-inch tablets? There is a lot to choose from and it can be hard to get a good and up-to-date overview. I’ve been reviewing tablets for over 10 years and 8-inch ones are my favorites. They’re very versatile and easy to carry with you. Read on to get to know the best 8-inch tablets available right now.
Below you’ll always find a link to the reviews of the tablets listed here. If you want to get to know the tablet better, you should click through and read about all the positives and negatives in more detail. In addition to those, you can see all of my tablet reviews here.
Alright, here are the best 8-inch tablets available right now.
Apple iPad Mini 2019: The Best 8-Inch Tablet
Without a doubt, the fifth generation Apple iPad Mini (2019) is the best 8-inch tablet you can buy right now. Thanks to its Apple A12 processor, it is faster than all of its competitors. In addition to that, it offers a bright and sharp 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Further specs include 3GB of RAM, 64GB or 256GB of internal storage, as well as optional 4G LTE.
Among its minor downsides are its old design. The iPad Mini 5 looks like the first iPad Mini. As we are used to from Apple, however, we continue to get a full metal body, it is just 6.9 millimeters thin, and features a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If you want, you can use it with the original Apple Pencil. While its two speakers are located on the same side, the sound quality is excellent.
The iPad Mini 2019 is running iOS and will be kept up-to-date longer than any Android tablet will be.
Read: My iPad Mini 2019 Review
Huawei MediaPad M5 8: The Best 8-Inch Android Tablet
The Huawei MediaPad M5 8 is the best 8-inch Android tablet you can get right now. It offers a very high-resolution 8.4-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 pixels and a very powerful HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor. That one is supported by 4GB of RAM and a 32GB to 128GB internal storage. Because of this hardware, the MediaPad M5 8 is one of the fastest Android tablets. However, it’s not as fast as the iPad Mini.
I like that we are getting a lot of premium features with this device. Among those are two good speakers and a fingerprint scanner. The build quality is very high-end too and we’re getting up-to-date software with Android 9.0 Pie. Originally, it shipped with Android 8.
During my review, I could find very few negative points only. The biggest one is the missing headphone jack. Yes, there is none. If you don’t have Bluetooth or USB C headphones, you have to use an adapter. That adapter is included though. Besides that, I think the MediaPad M5 8 is great. And often it is quite affordable and costs below 350 US Dollars.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen is a bit cheaper and interesting alternative to the MediaPad M5 8. Yes, it does not have a metal body, no fingerprint scanner, and it is a bit slower. However, it is one of very few Android tablets that support an active stylus. The S Pen is included at no extra charge and works fantastic, just like on a Galaxy Note smartphone.
With the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen we get an 8-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, a mid-range Exynos 7885 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and a 32GB internal storage. LTE 4G is an option too. It is running Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
In the past, Samsung has been much better with updates than other manufactures of Android tablets. After the iPad Mini, it’ll probably be up-to-date longer than all other competitors.
Chuwi Hi9 Pro: Cheap Alternative From China
The next best tablet is called Chuwi Hi9 Pro. While it is noticeably weaker, it also is much cheaper with a price tag of around 150 US Dollars. However, most of the time, you won’t be able to get it at your local retailer. Instead, you probably have to import it from China. Usually, that is very easy though.
Even though the Hi9 Pro is so affordable, we actually do get a pretty 8.4-inch screen that has the same resolution of 2560 x 1600 as the MediaPad M5 8 does. In fact, we get a mostly metal body as well and it does feel high-end. As you might expect, the performance is much weaker though. While it is good enough for most apps and even most games, you won’t be able to play games like PUBG Mobile with HD settings.
Again, as is common with cheaper tablets, pretty much all premium features are missing. There is no fingerprint scanner and the battery life is short. On the bright side, we do get LTE and a dual-SIM slot out of the box. It is running Android 8 Oreo.
Read: My Chuwi Hi9 Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 SM-T290/SM-T295
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 SM-T290/SM-T295 offers much fewer and weaker features than the previous tablets on the list. However, considering how cheap it is, it is a pretty good 8-inch tablet if you’re looking for something simple. Don’t confuse it with the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen though. This one does not support an active pen and its internal hardware is weaker.
With the SM-T290, you get an 8-inch screen with an HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. That means it’s not as sharp as other tablets on this list, but I feel an HD resolution on 8-inches is okay. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 quad-core processor is fast enough for most everyday tasks. With that being said, while many games run okay, very demanding ones like Asphalt 9 stutter too much.
Unlike the Chuwi Hi9 Pro and the Amazon Fire HD 8, two other cheap tablets on this list, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 runs Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s own One UI. So, it ships with up-to-date software and in the past, Samsung has been excellent with software updates. Chances are high that this cheap tablet will be updated longer than all other Android tablets in this list.
Amazon Fire HD 8 2018: Cheap And Good
The Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 is the weakest tablet on this list but also the cheapest one. With a price of just 79.99 US Dollars, it is very inexpensive. I think it is a great value but keep in mind that we don’t get the best screens and the performance is not good enough for high-end gaming.
With the Fire HD 8, we get an 8-inch HD screen and a Quad-Core processor. I like that it supports Alexa out of the box. If you want, you can even get it with a Show Mode Charging Dock. With that one, you can kind of transform the tablet into an Echo Show.
Because of its low price, I think the value is good. However, there are no premium features and we get a full plastic body only. And, out of the box, there is no Google Play Store pre-installed. If you want to use Google apps, you have to install it yourself. That is easy but might void your warranty.
General Questions About 8-Inch Tablets
Here are the answers to some questions we get quite often.
Are 8-Inch Screens Big Enough?
I know, sometimes it’s hard to imagine which tablet size is best for you. Especially if you didn’t have one before. So, are 8-inch screens big enough? That depends on what you want to use it for. 8-inch screens are perfect if you’re looking for a portable tablet that offers a bit more real estate than a phone does. Personally, I love to use them for surfing the web, reading books, and to chat with friends. The size is great if you like to type with your thumbs.
For watching movies and other videos with apps like Netflix or YouTube, generally, 10-inch tablets are better suited for that. However, if you need something super portable that easily fits in your jacket pockets or purse, 8-inch devices offer a good compromise of size and portability.
How Big Is An 8-Inch Screen?
Even though many tablets are advertised as being 8 inches in size, the exact size varies a lot due to different aspect ratios and slight variations. Most 8-inch tablets like the Amazon Fire HD 8, for instance, got a diagonal of 8-inches and are 4.2 inches wide and 6.8 inches high. That translates to a diagonal of 20.3 centimeters and a width and height of 17.2 and 10.8 centimeters.
The 7.9-inch iPad Mini, on the other hand, is 6.3 inches and 16 centimeters high, as well as 4.7 inches and 12 centimeters wide.
What Is The Newest Samsung 8-Inch Tablet?
In 2019, Samsung released two 8-inch tablets only a couple of months apart from each other. The most interesting one is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen that’s also called SM-P200 and SM-P205. It offers an S Pen, a pretty full HD screen and a great mid-range performance. With that being said, it’s available in very few Asian countries only.
The other 8-inch tablet Samsung released this year is called Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 as well. However, an S Pen is not included, and its product-numbers are SM-T290 and SM-T295. While I think it’s a good budget choice with good value, it’s not super exciting.
What Are Upcoming 8-Inch Tablets?
I don’t expect this list to change any time soon because we probably won’t see a major release until the summer of 2020. Next year we could see a new iPad Mini and possibly new 8-inch Galaxy Tab A tablets. I’m not sure what will happen regarding the Huawei MediaPad M6 8 or a possible 8-inch MediaPad M7. Whether we’ll see them outside of China depends on how the US-China trade war is going.
The next tablet I’m going to review is the Lenovo Tab M8. It might be an interesting alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A series but probably nothing too spectacular.
What about 8-inch Windows tablets?
While there have been some very interesting 8-inch Windows tablets in the past, there is none I can recommend right now. The only ones still in production have to be imported from China directly and do not feature up-to-date hardware. However, if you can live with bigger screens, you can check out my Windows tablet recommendations here.
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