Best Tablets With Large Screens | 2023 Edition
Which is the best tablet with a large screen? We reviewed all with larger than 11 inch, 12 inch, and 13 inch screens. Here are our top picks.
Anything smaller than 70 inches is child’s play for you when it comes to TVs, your laptop exceeds the 16-inch mark and the display of your smartphone can’t be big enough for you? Then you probably also like a huge screen on your tablet. Because let’s face it – the bigger the screen, the more fun you’ll have watching your favorite movies.
As every year, we present the best tablets with a 12-inch screen or larger. But what is often true in life also applies to tablets: size is not the only decisive factor. A good display is not only large, but also high-contrast, high-resolution and bright. Ideally, it also supports 120 Hz. The tablet’s speakers are also important for high-quality entertainment. Hardware performance and the operating system also play an important role when working and gaming.
If you primarily want to stream movies and series with your tablet and surf the web a bit, the computing power of your tablet does not play a significant role. If you primarily want to play demanding games or edit 4k videos, you should not only look for a large and good display, but also enough hardware power. If you want to replace your laptop completely, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 might be the right choice for you. This tablet offers the full Windows that you know from your desktop, without any restrictions.
We want to give you as much useful information as possible in this article to find out which is the best tablet with a large display for you.
Best Tablets With Large Screens: An Overview
- Best overall: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (on Amazon*). In terms of hardware power, build quality, display and app variety, the Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ is the measure of all things. It has a great mini-LED screen with great contrasts, bright colors, 120 Hz and super brightness and masters even the most demanding tasks. The optionally available, very good Apple Pencil 2 and the optional keyboard covers are also praiseworthy. Furthermore, Apple is known for providing its devices with software updates for many years. Thus, the iPad Pro is very durable due to its strong hardware and Apple’s software philosophy.
- Best Android tablets and display champions: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra (on Amazon*). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ has a Super AMOLED display with 12.4 inches and a resolution of 2800 x 1752 pixels. The S8 Ultra even comes with a screen diagonal of 14.6 inches and offers a resolution of 2960 x 1848 pixels with 120 Hz. The displays of both devices look fantastic and are the spearhead on the tablet market. It’s also nice that the high-quality stylus is included, unlike Apple. The optionally available keyboard cover is also very good. Samsung’s good software philosophy is also praiseworthy. For example, Samsung promises four major Android updates for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 series and wants to provide security updates for five years.
- Best all-in-one tablet with Windows: Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (on Amazon*). The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 looks like a normal tablet, but it is actually a full-fledged Windows PC. The advantage is that all Windows programs run without restrictions, and you can use the device as a full desktop replacement. The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 has a 13-inch screen with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels. In terms of display technology, it does not come close to the iPad Pros or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8+ or S8 Ultra. However, the screen is still on a very good level.
- Best Samsung alternative: Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (on Amazon*). The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is the cheaper alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series and convinces with a chic 12.6-inch AMOLED display, high performance, a long battery life, and a high-quality build. Like Samsung, the stylus is included and there is also an optional keyboard. This can even be operated separately from the tablet. However, Samsung’s S Pen is a bit better. Lenovo will probably not update its tablet with as many software updates as Samsung.
- Good entertainment all-rounder: Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (on Amazon*). The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 has a 13-inch LCD display with 60 Hz, is fully laminated and has a resolution of 2160 x 1350 pixels. Unique selling points are the built-in folding stand and the micro-HDMI port. The four speakers of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 are also very good and the tablet has a fast processor that is powerful enough for demanding games. The tablet is also cheaper than the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro.
- Big screen for little money: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (on Amazon*). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is the right tablet for you if you want a large 12.4-inch display without having to dig too deep into your pocket. For less than 500 Dollars you get a stylish LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and 60 Hz. The display is also fully laminated.
- Cheapest tablet with a large screen: Honor Pad 8 (on Amazon*). The Honor Pad 8 currently costs around 350 Euros. The 12-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 2,000 by 1,200 pixels. If you primarily want to stream movies and series in 1080p on your tablet and want a large screen and good speakers, the Honor Pad 8 is a good and inexpensive choice. However, it’s not powerful enough for complex games and technically demanding apps.
Best Tablets With Giant Displays: All Details
Let’s now look at our recommendations in detail.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9: Our overall winner
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch has a large, high-quality mini-LED display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels, 264 ppi and 120 Hz. Thanks to the mini-LED technology, the iPad Pro delivers great contrast values, vibrant colors and a deep black level, comparable to OLED displays.
The maximum SDR brightness is 600 nits, and even up to 1,600 nits peak brightness is possible for HDR content thanks to the mini-LED technology. The display is also fully laminated.
The four speakers of the Apple iPad Pros offer a great sound.
In our battery test, the iPad Pro came to a runtime of 6 hours while we played a YouTube video in HD at full brightness on continuous loop. If you reduce the brightness a bit, you should be able to get much more out of the battery.
The iPad Pro offers WiWi 6E is is optionally available as a 5G version.
The Apple iPad Pro is the most powerful tablet on the market. With the M2 chip, the current Apple iPad Pros offer the same chip that is also installed in the current Apple MacBook Pros. Thus, the computing power of the iPad Pro should be sufficient for years to come to use hardware-hungry games and demanding apps like the editing program Davinci Resolve.
Beyond that, we like the great Apple Pencil 2, but it has to be purchased separately and is no bargain at 149 Euros.
The optionally available iPad keyboards also have a high quality and are ideal for writing.
We also praise the great workmanship, Face ID facial recognition, the good cameras and the LIDAR sensor.
If you’re looking for a tablet with a large, fantastic display and the best processing power on the market, you’ll make the premium choice with the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
Read: Our Apple iPad Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra: Our display champions
You’ll also make a great choice with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series if you love tablets with huge, high-quality displays.
The Galaxy Tab S8+ offers a 12.4-inch display and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a huge 14.6-inch screen. Both tablets feature a Super AMOLED display with 120 Hz, great contrasts and colors, and a deep black level. The Galaxy Tab S8+ has a resolution of 2960 × 1440 pixels. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra delivers a resolution of 2960 × 1848 pixels. Both displays are fully laminated. In our opinion, the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra offer the best displays on the market. Media consumption on the two Samsung flagships is also really fun thanks to the four integrated very good stereo speakers.
Thanks to Widevine Level from L1, you can watch Netflix and other streaming services in 1080p on both tablets. The S8+ and S8 Ultra also support HDR 10.
The tablets offer Wi-Fi 6E and there is an optional 5G version.
In our battery test, the Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra each lasted 9 hours. For this, we again played an HD YouTube video at maximum brightness in an endless loop.
We also appreciate the fingerprint scanner, the good cameras, the high-quality build, and the strong hardware in both tablets, which leaves all other Android tablets behind. Also commendable: The very good S Pen is already included, and there are also optionally available keyboard covers.
The Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra ship with Android 12 and are supposed to receive four major Android upgrades as well as five years of security updates.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are the best big-screen Android tablets.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Review
Microsoft Surface Pro 9: Best Windows Tablet
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is the best Windows tablet on the market.
It has a 13-inch display with an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels and 120 Hz. The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 offers a brightness of 450 nits and thus does not come close to the Apple iPad Pro with an SDR brightness of 600 nits, for example. Contrast, colors and brightness are on a good level, but not as convincing as the iPad Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series.
The tablet offers a chic design with a practical kickstand and a great keyboard. The camera quality is also good and is super suitable for video calls.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 comes with Windows 11.
The advantage of Windows is that it also runs the desktop versions of programs like Exel, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro as well as Windows Games. All Windows accessories can also be used. However, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is very expensive compared to a conventional laptop with the same equipment.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 currently costs 1299 euros in the basic configuration with 128 GB SSD.
Read: Our Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Review
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro: Great Samsung alternative
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series.
The tablet convinces with a great 12.6-inch AMOLED display, which is fully laminated and supports 120 Hz. The build quality of the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is on the same high level as that of Apple and Samsung. The tablet has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and great contrast, color and black values. It’s also suitable for HDR content and you can stream Netflix and the like in HD. The four speakers are also great and are comparable with the sound quality of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8+.
Also nice: Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3 is already included.
If you want to write longer texts with Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro, you can buy Lenovo’s official keyboard for 150 Euros. It can be magnetically connected to the tablet and also used separately. A fingerprint scanner is located in the tablet’s power button. It works quickly and precisely.
Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro also offers a microSD card slot and a USB C 3.1 Gen 2 port. An external monitor can be connected there, for example.
Our favorite feature: Via an app on your laptop, you can use the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro as an additional monitor for your notebook. The tablet’s touchscreen can then even still be used.
In our battery test, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro achieved a great runtime of 11 hours. For the test, we ran an HD YouTube video at maximum brightness in an endless loop.
The performance of the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is only slightly weaker than that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series and thus belongs to the upper class in the Android universe.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro does not quite come close to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a total package, but it is a bit cheaper in return.
Read: Our Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Review
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: Good entertainment all-rounder
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 has a 13-inch LCD display with 60 Hz and is fully laminated. It delivers a resolution of 2160 x 1350 pixels. The four speakers of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 sound very good. The tablet has a USB C 3.1 Gen 1 port that can also be used to connect external monitors.
We find the built-in folding stand and the micro-HDMI port particularly convenient.
The tablet has a fast processor that is powerful enough for demanding games.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 also supports the Lenovo Precision Pen 2.
The workmanship of the stylus looks high-quality. The pen is made of metal, fits comfortably in the hand, and can be charged via USB-C. Although the stylus recognizes 4096 pressure levels and is thus on the same high level as the competition from Apple and Samsung, it does not work quite as precisely as the premium rivals. This could also be due to the screen’s mere 60 Hz.
In our battery test, the Yoga Tab 13 achieved a great runtime of 8.75 hours, beating most of the rivals. As always, we ran an HD video on YouTube with maximum brightness in an endless loop for this test.
To compete with the iPad Pro or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 lacks a better 120 Hz display, more accurate input via stylus, and support for an official keyboard. In return, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is slightly cheaper than the premium competition.
Read: Our Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE: Big screen for little money
The biggest plus point of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is probably the chic 12.4-inch display. Whether you watch movies, play games or surf the Internet – the large screen of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is simply a joy.
For currently less than 400 Euros, you get a 12.4-inch LCD screen with 60 Hz and a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels from Samsung.
The screen has a good viewing angle stability and is fully laminated. Moreover, the display is bright enough to still see something outside in a shady spot.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has two speakers on the right and left. They sound surprisingly good for a mid-range tablet. Thus, gaming and watching movies is fun even without headphones.
The tablet is available in both a WiFi-only and a 5G variant.
In our battery test, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE achieved a good runtime of 7.5 hours at maximum brightness while an HD video on YouTube ran in continuous loop.
The computing power of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 FE is rather average. The hardware cannot keep up with tablets like the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus. This is also noticeable in games like Fortnite, which can only be played with medium graphics settings on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE. In contrast, higher settings are possible on the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus.
However, if you primarily want to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE for streaming your favorite shows or for surfing, you will not go wrong with the tablet. The high-quality casing, the included S Pen, and the optionally available keyboard cover are particularly praiseworthy. For a moderate price, Samsung delivers a good tablet with a chic 12.4-inch screen.
Read: Our Galaxy Tab S7 FE review
Honor Pad 8: Cheapest tablet with a large display
Are you looking for a tablet with a 12-inch display for 300 euros? Then you have found it with the Honor Pad 8.
The LCD display is not that sharp and only has a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. However, this does not bother at all when watching movies and series. When surfing the Internet, however, it is noticeable that texts and icons are not displayed as sharply as on other tablets.
However, media consumption on the Honor Pad 8 is really fun due to the large screen, the good contrast and color values, and the sufficient brightness of 350 nits. The display is also fully laminated, and the tablet appears to have a high-quality build.
The Honor Pad 8 is only available in a Wi-Fi version.
The speakers of the Honor Pad 8 sound really good. The tablet has a total of four speaker slots and eight built-in speakers – four each for low and high frequencies. The sound is not quite as good as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it even sounds slightly better than the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. You will also need an adapter for listening to music via headphones (USB-C to 3.5 mm jack) for the Honor Pad 8 or you can use Bluetooth. As an entertainment tablet for movies and series, the Honor Pad 8 is a good and inexpensive choice.
According to the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, the CPU performance of the Honor Pad 8 is slightly above entry-level tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. However, it is clearly beaten by similarly priced tablets in the 10 and 11-inch segment, such as the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and Xiaomi Pad 5.
The graphics performance is even weaker and games can only be played on low graphics settings.
In our battery test with maximum brightness and an HD YouTube video in an endless loop, the Honor Pad 8 achieved a runtime of 6.5 hours.
If you primarily want to watch videos on your tablet and want a large display and good speakers, the Honor Pad 8 is a good and inexpensive choice. However, if you want to play a game more often or use other more demanding apps, you should rather reach for another tablet.
Read: Our Honor Pad 8 Review
How To Choose The Best Large-Screen Tablet?
The first thing to look for is the maximum screen-size that you can accommodate. A 13-inch tablet could be a bit challenging to carry around, so go for a device that has a slim form factor.
Once you have sorted the primary requirement, choose the tablet that offers a high-quality display and solid performance to complete your tasks. It should have better viewing angles so that you can use it while sitting on a couch or relaxing in your bed. Another feature to look for is the compatibility with accessories like a keyboard and stylus. It is better to go for a tablet that comes bundled with key accessories like a stylus, stand, and keyboard.
As you can gauge from our list, we highly recommend the iPad Pro, Galaxy Tab S7+, and Surface Pro 7. These are the best large-screen tablets on the market, offering amazing performance and usability.
Entertainment vs. Productivity?
Large-screen tablets often pose a challenge to portability, but if you are someone looking for a wholesome entertainment device that also doubles as a laptop for you, then a large-screen tablet is all you need. All the tablets featured on our list are good for both entertainment and work purposes. You can easily stream videos and play games on these big tablets while also doing regular work like writing and browsing.
Do I Need Stylus For A Large-screen Tablet?
Stylus for large-screen tablets can make the usability better for you. With a stylus, you can explore your creative side and work easily on a large tablet. It also comes in handy for official work like making a spreadsheet and more. A stylus is desirable for a large-screen tablet but not essential. If you are buying a large-screen tablet that does not come bundled with a stylus, then you can avoid buying a stylus separately to stay under budget.
One thing that you should know that not every large-screen tablet supports a stylus. Please check the compatibility before buying a stylus for your tablet. For example, not all the tablets by Samsung support S-Pen, so you must check beforehand.
Consider buying a stylus if you’re in a creative field or spend most of the time on your tablet doing work like making spreadsheets. A stylus can make these tasks easier for you.
How Do We Review Tablets?
At MyNextTablet, we pass each tablet through a series of tests to gauge its performance and usability. We put every tablet under different levels of multitasking to test their performance metrics. Different sets of users in our team put these tablets through various tests and usage. The varied tests help us compare every tablet and record details to bring you in-depth and accurate results.
We run plenty of benchmark tests to fetch accurate scores. And we also have our standard battery test in place that puts the tablets through different loads. When reviewing a device, we make it our primary device daily to judge the performance without discrepancies. We perform all the tasks like gaming, watching movies, browsing, and more to evaluate the performance.
If the tablet includes a stylus and other accessories, we also spend significant time testing the compatibility. For a stylus, we check the pressure-sensitivity, smoothness, battery, and more. And for a paired keyboard accessory, we check the ease of typing and the response time.
What’s the best brand?
It is essential to pick a brand that offers the best quality and after-sale service for their device. You should look for a brand with a proven track record for its responsive customer service and software support by rolling out regular updates.
Brands like Apple and Samsung have a great after-sale service. However, Apple takes the cake with its continual software support and upgrades. Samsung has been trying its best to offer regular software updates for its tablets, but it still has a long way to go.
Go for a brand that has a clean image for its software and product support.
Who is better: iOS, Android, or Windows?
It depends on your key requirements to gauge which OS shall work the best for you.
The iPad OS has a shared ecosystem that allows sharing across other Apple devices easier. This operating system is user-friendly and offers the latest software upgrades without delays. If you are a user looking for dependable software support and a shared ecosystem, then go for an iPad.
If you want an OS that’s highly customizable and offers a slew of options for work and entertainment, then Android OS shall suit you the best. Of course, there are different brands like Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, and others in the segment; you should pick the brand that offers continual software support.
Microsoft’s OS on Surface tablets is great for those who want a cross between a tablet and a Windows laptop. The Windows OS on tablets is a package of functionalities found on laptops, making it easier for users to use such tablets in place of their work machines. If you’re looking for an OS that hits closer to your laptop’s software, then go for a Windows tablet.
We hope our in-depth guide helps you in choosing the best large-screen tablet for your needs. We have featured every tablet that we think makes a substantial buy in the segment.
Do you have a better suggestion for a large-screen tablet? Let us know in the comments.
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