Best Tablets In India (November 2019)

by | Nov 25, 2019

No matter how big your phone has become, viewing content or surfing internet on a bigger screen is still a thing for many users.

Here’s where the tablets fit right in.

In this article, we have listed 6 of the best tablets available in the Indian market at present and categorized them according to the use-cases and the features they come with.

Let’s roll.

Best Tablets In India

1. Apple iPad ProOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5ERunner-Up Pick
3. Honor Pad 5Value for Money Tablet
4. Alcatel 3T 8Feature Rich Android Tablet
5. Lenovo Tab M10Best Build Quality
6. Fusion 4G TabletGood Battery Life
7. iBall Q400x+Best Budget Android Tablet
8. Lava Magnum-XLHonorable Mention

1. Apple iPad Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Perfect productivity powerhouse
  • Excellent display
  • Great battery life

Apple iPad Pro is the best tablet available in the market, not only in India but also in the entire world.

This marvellous device from Apple is a mobile powerhouse that will help you to enhance the productivity on the go and will let you enjoy your leisure time with movies and games.

Design and Build Quality

The Apple iPad Pro features an aluminium unibody design that looks and feels solid. Apple has crafted this product so skillfully, with exceptional fit and finish all around.

The four speakers on this device are located on the top and bottom and deliver excellent sound output with no distortions even at maximum volume levels.

At the back, there’s the famous Apple logo that in itself is a status symbol for many.

The antenna lines are gracefully embedded on the backplate, which looks like a design choice rather than a mandatory hardware addition to the tablet.

Display

The Apple iPad Pro comes with a relatively larger 11-inch quad HD Retina display with a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels with an effective 324 ppi pixel density.

The screen has good brightness and the colour and contrast levels are exceptional.

This is a true tone display, meaning the colours on the screen will appear closer to the natural tones, making the images and visuals more lively and vibrant.

There is a scratch-resistant coating over the screen to protect it from unforeseen events. Apple has also integrated an oleophobic coating over this screen to keep the water away.

With a refresh rate of 120Hz, the scrolling animations and videos are buttery smooth. This enhanced refresh rate also makes gaming a delightful experience on this tablet.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this tablet inside is the Apple’s homegrown A12x Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture.

The A12x Bionic chip is very fast and responsive while handling apps and games.

Multitasking is a breeze even with 4GB RAM inside. The optimization of hardware and software seems like a match made in heaven with this device.

Ample 64GB storage space lets you save all your files and documents into this tablet without depending on an external hard disk.

This homebrew Apple SoC has superior performance when compared to the high-end Qualcomm processors found on Android tablets.

One thing to note about the Apple iPad Pro is the storage. There are no external expansion options available to increase the capacity apart from the inbuilt storage.

Connectivity

The Apple iPad Pro comes with both Wi-Fi and cellular network connectivity.

The network signal reception is excellent with no signal drops once the device gets latched on to a network – be it cellular or on Wi-Fi.

The nano-SIM that has to be used with this tablet doesn’t have voice calling feature. However, you can use the data plans on the SIM to get internet on the go.

Camera

The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 12MP rear camera that has PDAF support for faster focus time. This f/1.8 aperture sensor is capable of decent low light photography as well.

This camera can record 4K videos up to 30fps and Full HD, 1080p videos at 60fps. There is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for smooth video footage.

The camera on the front is a 7MP sensor with face detection and HDR support. This camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps which is sufficient for video calls and occasional selfies.

Battery Life

A 9720mAh Li-Po battery powers this tablet. This battery has a rated screen on time of about 16 hours, but in real-world usage, the tablet achieves an average of 13-hour battery life.

With the excellent software and hardware optimizations underneath, the battery life on this device is unmatched with the competitors in the market.

Verdict

If you have the money to buy an expensive tablet and you don’t want to compromise on the performance and quality, the Apple iPad Pro should be your number one priority.

Superior performance, long-lasting battery life and the excellent screen quality make it a true companion on your trips to do your work on the go or add some fun to your life.

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Robust build quality

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Elegant design

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Powerful performance

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No voice calling

 Specifications

Screen11-inch Full HD 2388 x 1668 pixels
ProcessorA12x Bionic Chip
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G LTE
Storage64 GB
Camera12MP Rear, 7MP Front
Battery9720mAh

 

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Stunning AMOLED display
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Stereo speakers tuned by AKG

Samsung is perhaps the only serious Android tablet manufacturer aiming to compete with the Apple iPad in the tablet market.

The Galaxy Tab S5E is the latest iteration of the popular Galaxy Tab lineup, now with improved internals and the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

Design and build quality

The all-new Galaxy Tab S5E features a glass and metal construction that looks premium and feels comfortable in the hands.

The metallic back at the rear is aesthetically very pleasing to look at, with the camera sitting flush with the body.

The four speakers on this device are tuned by AKG, the famous acoustics engineering company and they deliver excellent quality sound output with rich bass and clear treble.

The buttons on the sides of the tablet are made of metal, the same as the frame around the display and offer excellent tactile feedback.

The fingerprint scanner is now placed on to the side, which is based on a design standpoint makes sense on a big device like a tablet.

The USB C port for charging and data syncing is present on the bottom.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels.

The pixel density count on this tablet is slightly higher than the Apple iPad Pro tablet, at 287 ppi.

Even though the pixel density is almost the same, the AMOLED panel makes it up for the Galaxy tab to be the best tablet displays out there in the market.

The colour reproduction is excellent on this display and covers an impressive 220% of sRGB colour gamut with 450 nits of brightness.

This, in simple terms, means that the display can visualize images and videos in true colour, similar to the natural colour palette.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E is powered by the relatively powerful Qualcomm
Snapdragon 670 octa-core processor. While it’s not the latest processor available in the market, the 670 has enough firepower to run this tablet without any lags or stutters.

Supporting the processor in its graphics duties is the Adreno 615 GPU. Gaming and graphics performance is smooth and doesn’t pose any hiccups in the middle.

The 4GB RAM inside aids for better multitasking. App loading times are considerably less as well.

This tablet has 64GB of internal storage out of the box that can be expanded up to 512GB with an SD card.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E features a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. Unfortunately, there isn’t a dedicated flash for low light photography.

The front 8MP sensor delivers good quality images and videos in favourable lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E has a 7040 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack inside that will last for about 8-9 hours of continuous usage.

Samsung claims that it can last for 16 hours of screen on time, which is a bit of a stretch as each users usage patterns may vary significantly.

The included fast charger in the box charges the battery relatively quickly in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E is the best Android tablet available in the market as of now.

The gorgeous 10.5-inch super AMOLED display together with the powerful Snapdragon 670 processor helps this tablet to deliver excellent performance and eye-catching visuals to the end-user.

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Excellent build quality

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Latest Android 9.0 Pie OS

R

Smooth performance

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No LED flash

 Specifications

Screen10.5-inch Full HD AMOLED 2560 x 1600 pixel
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 670 2GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle nano sim VoLTE
Storage64 GB Upto 512 GB
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery7040mAh

3. Honor Pad 5

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Value for Money Android Tablet
  • Android 8.0 Oreo OS
  • A bright and vivid full HD display
  • Fingerprint scanner for security

Honor is the sub-brand of the popular Huawei, which has been active in the budget smartphone segment in India.

The Pad 5 is Honor’s new take at capturing the less saturated tablet market in the country utilizing the company’s goodwill in delivering quality products at affordable rates and the brand value of the parent company, Huawei.

Build Quality and Design

The Honor Pad 5 is one of the best-looking tablets to hit the market for a while.

With the falling sales, companies have been less interested to care about the design aspects of tablets, it seems.

The Pad 5 has that simple and elegant design Honor has pioneered with its smartphones.

The metallic backplate is very solid and rigid. The plastic insert in the upper side of the rear houses the antennas for better signal reception,

The single rear camera is housed on this frame and sits flush with the chassis.

The buttons located on the right side of the tablet is very clicky and responsive to the presses.

Display

The Honor Pad 5 features a 10.1-inch full HD display with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

The screen on this tablet is bright and vivid with great details when it is compared to contenders on this list with full HD displays.

Honor has packed in a lot of software goodies to enhance the viewability on this display.

The low light and eye comfort mode baked into the custom EMUI skin on this tablet will reduce the stress on your eyes and eliminates eye fatigue.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Honor Pad 5 is a Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

This is a very capable processor for media consumption and occasional casual gaming purposes.

This tablet comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory expandable up to 256GB with the help of an SD card.

Miscellaneous

The Honor Pad 5 comes with a single SIM slot that accepts 4G LTE network connections for ultra-fast data speeds and crystal clear voice calls.

This device comes with a 1-year warranty including a separate 6 months warranty for in-box accessories such as a charger.

This device has an 8MP rear camera with no LED flash and a 5MP front camera for video calling purposes.

Battery Life

The Honor Pad 5 is powered by a 5100mAh Li-ion battery inside.

Taking into consideration the average battery capacity of tablets nowadays, this is quite a respectable one.

With moderate to heavy usage, this tablet will last well over a day worth of usage for most of you guys out there.

Verdict

Made using an interesting combination of aluminium and plastic, this tablet feels light in hand but stands rigid and solid during normal operations.

If you are looking for a well-built tablet for your daily casual needs, the Honor Pad 5 is worth checking out.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

R

The single-SIM LTE connectivity

R

Powerful processor

Q

No LED flash

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch full HD Display
ProcessorKirin 659 octa core 2.3GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G VoLTE
Storage64GB up to 256 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery5100mAh

4. Alcatel 3T 8

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Feature-Rich Android Tablet
  • Android Oreo 8.1 OS
  • Dedicated kids mode
  • Full-day battery life

Alcatel is slowly and steadily cashing in on the unsaturated tablet market in India, releasing some of the best budget tablets in the market.

The Alcatel 3T8 is a sub Rs.10,000 Android tablet that supports the latest 4G VoLTE technology for lightning-fast data speeds and superior call quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Alcatel 3T8 has a minimal yet attractive design that gets even better with the colour options available for purchase.

The use of high-quality polycarbonate plastic makes this device lightweight and scratch-resistant. The slight matte textured back makes holding this device in hand easier and more comfortable.

The buttons are of high quality and have sufficient key travel to deliver an assuring click response. The power button has a textured design – same as we have seen in many other expensive phones in the market.

The rear camera is placed in the top centre, without a dedicated flash. The side bezels around the display are relatively thin when compared to the significantly sized chin at the top and the bottom.

Display

The Alcatel 3T8 has a relatively smaller 8.0-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Since the size of the display is small, the pixel density is substantially higher on this panel when compared with the competitors, offering a more crispy and detailed output.

The eye care mode present on this device automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast levels of the screen. It also filters blue light to reduce eye fatigue when used under low light conditions.

Processor and Performance

The MediaTek MT 8765 that powers this device is a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.28GHz. This processor can handle all day to day tasks without breaking a sweat.

Thanks to 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, light multitasking is possible without getting the apps to run out of memory during the usage.

The OS optimizations on top of this hardware make the device run snappier than ever before and offers enhanced software features as well.

Miscellaneous

First things first, the Alcatel 3T8 runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

This is quite an impressive feat considering most of its competitor models are launched with Android 7.0 and some others are stuck eternally on older outdated versions of Android.

With the Android Oreo update, multiple software features like picture in picture mode and battery optimization are available to the users.

Alcatel has also included a dedicated kids mode that can be used to restrict the apps and data your child can use on this tablet.

Camera and Connectivity

This tablet features a 5MP rear camera without a flash and a 2MP secondary front camera for video calls.

The image and video quality from this tablet is quite decent for the price and surprisingly, the rear camera can record full HD videos at 30fps.

Talking about connectivity, there’s the usual set of standards namely Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.2. There is a single SIM slot for cellular connectivity that supports 4G VoLTE.

Battery Life

The Alcatel 3T8 is powered by a 4080 mAh Li-ion battery that easily lasts for a day of usage.

Battery optimizations in the Android Oreo help this tablet to achieve impressive screen on time for prolonged usage.

Verdict

The Alcatel 3T8 is the best choice for those who want a budget Android tablet with calling capability priced under Rs.10,000.

The latest Android 8.1 Oreo updates bring many software features that enhance the usability of this tablet.

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Robust build quality

R

VoLTE support

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Eye care mode

Q

No camera flash

 Specifications

Screen8 inch HD Display
ProcessorMediatek MT8765 Quad Core Processor
RAM3 GB
SIM supportSIngle SIM VoLTE
Storage32GB up to 128 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4080mAh

5. Lenovo Tab M10

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Best Build Quality
  • Latest Android 9.0 Pie OS 
  • Powerful Snapdragon 429 SoC
  • Front-firing stereo speakers

Lenovo is a Chinese brand that has been popular in the Indian market as well as globally with products that impressed many.

After the acquisition of Motorola, the clout further increased.

Lenovo Tab M10 is an Android-powered Wi-Fi only tablet that the company has recently released in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

In the sea of outdated tablets, the Tab M10 breathes a fresh life with a comparatively new OS version and design aesthetics.

The Tab M10 comes with a 10.1-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

This tablet is very compact and lightweight featuring a very slim profile of just 8.8mm.

Processor

What’s running the show inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

This device comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 256GB via SD card.

Operating System

As a welcome change, this android tablet from Lenovo runs on Android 9.0 Pie and comes with a slew of new features such as improved privacy guard and battery optimizations.

There’s a multi-user mode that can be personalised and accessed individually.

The battery on this device is a 4850 mAh Li-ion pack that lasts over a day quite comfortably.

This Android tablet from Lenovo has a single nano-SIM slot which supports 4G VoLTE cellular connectivity along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Verdict

The Lenovo Tab M10 is a decent pick for the price. The brand value and reliability of the brand Lenovo is certainly reassuring for the customers to consider it.

Android Pie lets you enjoy many apps in the Play store that otherwise won’t work with the older version of Android OS.

R

Excellent colour accuracy

R

Robust build quality

R

VoLTE support

Q

No full HD

 Specifications

Screen10.1 inch HD IPS
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 429
RAM2 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM LTE
Storage32 GB up to 256 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery4850mAh

6. Fusion 4G Tablet

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Good Battery Life
  • Dual sim 4G connectivity
  • Capable 8MP rear camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS

Fusion5 is a UK based Android tablet manufacturer recently entered the Indian market.

The Fusion5 tablet is a 9.6-inch device running on the Android operating system with voice calling capabilities.

Design and Display Quality

The design of this tablet feels nice in hand and looks pleasing to the eyes thanks to the silver textured finish.

This device comes with a 10.1-inch IPS HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 800 pixels that provides great viewing angles with decent colour accuracy.

Power and Performance

Rocking the Fusion5 4G android tablet inside is a MediaTek MTK6735 Quad-core 64-bit processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The device comes with an inbuilt memory of 32GB out of which about 23GB is user-accessible.

Partly due to the lack of a full HD screen, the otherwise medium-range chipset can perform quite faster when dealt with causal tasks such as media consumption and internet browsing.

Connectivity

Connectivity-wise, this android tablet comes equipped with Wi-Fi as well as dual sim support.

There is an option to expand the memory up to 128GB via an SD card.

The radio chip inside is capable of receiving 4G signals on both the sim slots.

Camera Quality and Battery Life

This device sports an 8MP rear camera for taking occasional photos and a 2MP front camera for video calls.

The images from the rear camera come out a little oversaturated but are mostly decent for uploading on social media.

A 5000mAh Li-ion battery powers this android tablet. The device lasts for a day on moderate to heavy usage.

However, if you are constantly using GPS or making voice calls, this may vary significantly.

Verdict

The Fusion 4G is a tablet that aims to be perfect workhorse which can perform voice calling as well media consumption side by side without any degradation in quality.

Usually, tablet manufacturers consider voice calling as a secondary function and the Fusion 4G proves to be an exception to this norm.

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IPS display

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Wi-Fi dual-band support

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1-year warranty

Q

Front camera quality is not up to the mark

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels
ProcessorARM A53 Quad-core processor 1.3GHz
RAM2GB
SIM supportDual sim 4G
Storage32 GB up to 128 GB
Camera8MP rear, 2MP Front
Battery5000mAh

7. iBall Q400x+

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Budget Android Tablet
  • Wi-Fi only tablet
  • Android Nougat OS
  • USB OTG support

iBall is a popular low budget computer peripheral manufacturer in the Indian market famous for its low-cost speakers and headphones.

The iBall Q400x+ is an entry-level tablet that runs on Android and features cellular connectivity options.

Design and Build Quality

What more to expect from a sub Rs.5000 tablet than a plastic construction body is still a mystery for us.

However, the design doesn’t look too much dull or unpleasant for the normal eyes.

The volume rockers and the power button is clicky and responsive. The textured backplate offers a nice in-hand feel while holding this tablet in hand.

Display

The iBall Q400x+ features the same 7-inch HD display that we have been familiarised with most of the competitors on this list.

This display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, which won’t impress your eyes for sure with its level of detail.

We wish iBall could have included at least an IPS panel for the price, but hey when the budget is your number one priority, you will have to cut some corners for sure.

Processor and Performance

Inside this budget tablet is an ARM Quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

With the 1GB RAM assisting the processor, normal use case scenarios such as web browsing and watching media can be carried out with ease.

With 8GB of internal storage as standard, the issue of memory scarcity while installing apps from the Google Play Store is a looming problem.

This tablet comes with Android v7.1 OS. This is a huge bonus because most of the tablets under Rs.5000 price range comes loaded with outdated Android versions.

Camera and Connectivity

Camera situation is a bit disappointing with this tablet. On the rear, there’s a 2MP camera and upfront, a 2 VGA camera is present.

Even under excellent lighting conditions, the pictures look grainy.

This tablet features dual sim support and can make voice calls as well as support 3G internet connectivity from both the SIM cards.

The 5000 mAh Li-ion battery inside will keep this budget Android tablet charged for two days with moderate usage.

If you’re a heavy user, expect to have to charge this device, every other day.

Verdict

The iBall Q400x+ is an affordable Android-powered tablet priced well below Rs.5,000.

We think that it is a capable performer that perfectly fits the bill for average users looking for a budget Android tablet with stellar battery life.

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Decent display

R

Included carry pouch

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GPS support

Q

No Cellular connectivity

 Specifications

Screen7.0-inch HD 1024 x 600 pixels
Processor1.3GHz ARM Cortex A53
RAM1 GB
SIM supportWi-Fi only
Storage8 GB up to 32 GB
Camera2MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery5000mAh

8. Lava Magnum XL

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Honorable Mention
  • Dual SIM 4G connectivity
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Best suited for media consumption

Lava is a popular budget feature phone as well as Android smartphone marketing company based in India.
The company was at first shy to foray into the previously untapped tablet market but with the all-new Lava Magnum XL, it seems the company finally has a strong contender in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Lava Magnum XL Android tablet has a modern design which feels similar to modern smartphones.

The metallic finish backplate and the gentle curves on the side imparts a premium finish to this budget tablet.

The design on this tablet is very symmetric with both the front and rear cameras placed in the exact middle.

The buttons feel tactile and the 3.5mm head jack is seen placed right next to these.

Display

The Lava Magnum XL features a large 10.1-inch HD display with a respectable resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

This display is decent with vivid colours and good viewing angles. There is no major colour shift when the display is viewed at slightly odd angles.

The larger display size is perfect for watching movies and playing games on the go.

Processor and Performance

The Lava Magnum XL is powered by a MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

This processor combined with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage performs well in performing casual tasks without any hiccups.

Yes, you can multitask with this device but the limited RAM may induce lags or out of memory errors once in a while.

Camera

This Android tablet features a 5MP fixed focus rear camera and a 2MP front camera.

The rear camera doesn’t have a flash to light up dark environments. The quality of photos seems ok for the price.

Battery Life

The Lava Magnum XL features a large 5900mAh battery which will last for around a day and a half with heavy usage.

If you are a casual user, this battery is set to last for two days comfortably in a single charge.

Verdict

The Lava Magnum XL is a capable Android tablet running the relatively newer Android 8.1 Oreo OS and comes with excellent battery life and decent performance.

If media consumption is your primary motive for purchasing an Android tablet, this device is one of the best in the business.

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Minimal yet elegant design

R

The large 10.1-inch IPS display

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Dedicated SD card slot

Q

Limited RAM

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels
ProcessorMediaTek Quad Core
RAM2GB
SIM supportDual sim 4G
Storage16 GB up to 128 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery5900mAh

This curated list of the best 6 tablets available in the market concludes here.

If you have gone through the content and feels like we have left out any of the models that you want us to review, let us know in the comments below.

Do check out out buying suggestions for tablets priced under Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 for more choices.

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