Many of us are looking for a screen larger than those on our smartphones to catch up on an episode or a YouTube video right before bedtime. While others just want to keep their kids busy for a moment so that they can have a sigh of relief. Such use cases don’t necessarily need a tablet that is packed with the best of the best specifications and in most cases, you can easily get away with an inexpensive tablet costing anything below $200, and at times even $80!
In the Android space, you can get a plethora of options to choose from and many major brands, including Samsung and Amazon, position their tablets in this space. You can get a decently-specced tablet for under $200 which should be good enough for watching movies or some light use like going through your emails and internet browsing.
We have thoroughly tested and reviewed all the tablets mentioned in this list and they all have proved their worth in one department or the other. For a more granular look at any of these devices, you can head to their detailed reviews following the links provided under their respective sections. Now, we shall move ahead.
These are the best budget tablets under $200 in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
We get that the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 isn’t exactly a $200 device but leaving it out would’ve been a sin for the great value it offers. Holding a price tag of $229, the budget Samsung tablet brings a solid metal build and comes powered by the latest One UI skin based on Android 9 Pie. Its battery life isn’t outstanding but should be fine for your use at home which is usually less taxing.
Over at the front, you are presented with a 10.1-inch full HD screen which looked quite decent in our review. The speakers are only on one side of the tablet but they sound fine while with the uses an octa-core Exynos processor, the tab should get away with most tasks. The base model has just 2GB of RAM which can feel limiting at times.
Huawei MediaPad T5 10
Chinese tech giant Huawei also has a couple of tablet models in the sub-200 USD segment, one of them is the 10.1-inch MediaPad T5 10 that gives a wholesome experience on a budget. The said display has an FHD resolution and the panel used is of IPS variety. The tablet’s back is made out of metal, instead of plastic, for a better in-hand feel. The base variant of this device also has 2GB of RAM while a variant with 3GB of RAM is also available.
Powered by the mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, you should expect respectable performance levels while the tablet also has a 4G LTE model. It comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI which is unlikely to get any major updates and you won’t find a fingerprint reader either. Plus, the cameras included have nothing to write home about.
Lenovo Tab M10
The Lenovo Tab M10 is one of the cheapest 10-inch tablets from the company and it gets the basic job done fairly well. A 10.1-inch display takes most of the space on the front and flaunts a full HD resolution. Its display doesn’t stand out in any case but you wouldn’t be left disappointed and similar is the case with its performance as well.
A Snapdragon 450 processor powers the tablet which is just fine for normal day-to-day usage. It comes running Android Oreo without any kind of heavy skin from Lenovo and many will appreciate this aspect. Having said that, the battery life of this tablet is shorter than what you’d come to expect and its speakers are also weak. It is pleasing to know that the company retained the 3.5mm audio jack and included a USB Type-C port.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
When talking about budget tablets, it’s merely impossible to skip the Amazon Fire HD 10, and its 2019 edition gives us many more reasons to recommend it. Amazon was able to offer a lot of new stuff with this tablet without changing its base price of $150. Though quite limited, Fire OS preinstalled on the tablet now runs on Android 9 Pie, which should allow for some futureproofing. We have a handy guide to enhance the usefulness of these fantastic Fire tablets.
Thanks to its 2GB of RAM and an octa-core processor, the Fire HD 10 (2019) gave excellent graphics performance for its price, and we also got some great battery results from the device. Its 10-inch full HD screen is good enough for most use cases, and you’re more likely to enjoy it thoroughly instead of complaining. The addition of a Type-C port makes it a complete package that you can also use as an Alexa machine with a dedicated mode.
Chuwi Hi9 Pro
Maybe unknown to many in the west, Chuwi has continued to be a popular tablet maker from China, thanks to its affordable product pricing. In our review, the Hi9 Pro proved to be a good device for a certain sect of users but you’ll need to go the extra mile and import it from Asia. The biggest plus point of this device is its 4G LTE connectivity over its dual SIM card slots which also supports the calling feature.
For this affordable price, the Chuwi Hi9 Pro gets an 8.4-inch 2K display which, despite looking great when indoors, isn’t bright enough for using under the sun. The product is made entirely out of metal, except for the antenna part, and offers decent performance, though gaming experience wasn’t that appealing. Its overall battery life and speaker quality also didn’t earn any brownie points.
Read: Our Chuwi Hi9 Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) T290
For those who prefer a compact tablet can go for the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) which will give you the same user experience as the 10-inch Samsung tablet topping this list. This is mainly due to the newest software skin from Samsung—One UI—that comes preinstalled on both the machines. All the software features, including a dedicated kids’ mode, remain the same for both. Due to the change in display size, there is a noticeable difference in their form factor.
The tablet’s front is dominated by an 8-inch HD display which appears just fine for some casual use. If you keep your expectations in check, you can trust its Snapdragon 429 to perform well enough for getting basic things done. PUBG mobile is playable but only at lower graphics settings. For its size, the tablet packs a decent battery that lasted for 13.5 hours in our standard test. The number is certainly on the higher side among its peers.
Lenovo Tab M8
Part of Lenovo’s latest M series, the Tab M8 is a great tablet that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Unlike most of its low-cost rivals, the M8 gets a metal build, which feels premium to touch and isn’t something you’d expect at this price point. You have the option to pick the tablet with either HD or full HD resolution. You should know that Netflix doesn’t stream videos in HD on our review unit, which has an HD screen.
However, its overall performance was satisfactory, especially when its price is considered. Lenovo has preinstalled the vanilla Android Pie version that comes with a few tweaks. With the full Android OS, you can download any app from the Play Store. The Tab M8 was able to last for a really long time in our battery test, though we weren’t impressed with the use of a micro USB port instead of a USB-C. Its cameras also aren’t something to write home about.
Read: Our Lenovo Tab M8 Review
Amazon Fire HD 8/8 Plus
Joining the market trend, Amazon, too, this time launched the Plus model of its mid-tier Fire HD 8 tablet. Starting with the standard variant, the 2020 Fire HD 8 looks much more polished with its landscape-focused design and matte back finish available in various color options. While the device prices have gone up by only $10, Amazon has managed to add a USB-C port for charging, while still keeping the headphone jack. Its battery can last for up to 12 hours, which sounds fantastic if it’s actually true.
We’re yet to review the new Fire HD 8 series, but on paper, the Plus looks to be an interesting option. It gets an extra GB of RAM, which should help in keeping things running more smoothly on the already lightweight Fire OS. The most significant addition is Qi wireless charging, which is practically unheard of in the tablet space, leave alone the sub-$150 category. At their asking price, and given the fact that Amazon often discounts them, you cannot go wrong with either of these models.
Huawei MatePad T8
The company’s latest MatePad T8 has a lot going for its compact design, especially when you take into account its budget pricing. It’s got basic internals that should be good enough for some casual use, and you shouldn’t expect a lot from it. The slate could be a great pick if you want a 4G-enabled tablet to carry along. Its 8-inch display size makes it perfect for carrying around in your jacket pocket or purse.
While Huawei devices are becoming non-existent without Google apps, some people still prefer things that way. The MatePad T8 comes preloaded with Huawei’s feature-packed EMUI 10 that is based on Android 10, though you won’t be able to access any of the Google apps. And installing the Play Store on it is way tougher than you think. If you’re okay with those limitations, and in case most of your usage is limited to browsers, then you can wholeheartedly give the T8 a shot.
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