Best Tablets In India (August 2020)

by | Aug 19, 2020

No matter how big your phone has become, viewing content or surfing the 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 seven 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.

Best Tablets In India

1. Apple iPad Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LiteRunner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Tab A 10.1Best Build Quality
4. Honor Pad 5Value for Money Tablet
5. Swipe Slate 2Best Tablet for Online Classes
6. Lenovo Tab M10 FHDFeature-Rich Tablet
7. Fusion 5Honourable Mention

1. Apple iPad

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Overall Best Pick
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • Excellent display
  • Great battery life

Apple iPad 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 productivity on the go and will let you enjoy your leisure time with movies and games.

Design and Build Quality

The Apple iPad 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 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 features a 10.2-inch quad HD Retina display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 pixels with an effective 264 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 60Hz, 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 Apple’s homegrown A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture.

The A10 Bionic chip is very fast and responsive while handling apps and games.

Multitasking is a breeze even with 2GB RAM inside. The optimization of hardware and software seems like a match made in heaven with this device.

The 32GBonboard 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 is the storage. There are no external expansion options available to increase the capacity apart from the inbuilt storage.

Connectivity

The Apple iPad comes with only Wi-Fi connectivity and has no provision for telephony.

The Wi-Fi signal reception is excellent with no signal drops once the device gets latched on to an access point.

Camera

The Apple iPad comes with an 8MP rear camera that has AF support for faster focus time. This f/2.4 aperture sensor is capable of decent low light photography as well.

This camera can record FHD videos up to 30fps and 720p videos at 120fps.

The camera on the front is a 1.2MP sensor with face detection and HDR support. This camera can record 720p videos at 30fps which is sufficient for video calls and occasional selfies.

Battery Life

An 8827mAh Li-Po battery powers this tablet. This battery has a rated screen on time of about 10 hours, but in real-world usage, the tablet achieves an average of 8-9-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 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 cellular connectivity

 Specifications

Screen10.2 -inch retina Display
ProcessorA10 Fusion Chip
RAM2 GB
SIM supportWi-Fi only
Storage32 GB
Camera8MP rear, 1.2MP front
Battery8827mAh
OSiOS 12

2.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Vivid and punchy FHD 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 S6 Lite is the latest iteration of the popular Galaxy Tab lineup, now with improved internals and the latest Android 10 Q operating system.

Design and build quality

The all-new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 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 stereo 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 USB C port for charging and data syncing is present on the bottom.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 10.4-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels.

The pixel density count on this tablet is slightly lesser than the Apple iPad tablet, at 224ppi.

The colour reproduction is excellent on this display and covers an impressive 220% of sRGB colour gamut with 400 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 S6 Lite is powered by the relatively powerful Exynos 9611 octa-core processor. While it’s not the latest processor available in the market, the 9611 has enough firepower to run this tablet without any lags or stutters.

Supporting the processor in its graphics duties is the Mali G72 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 S6 Lite features an 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. Unfortunately, there isn’t a dedicated flash for low light photography.

The front 5MP sensor delivers good quality images and videos in favourable lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is powered by 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 user’s usage patterns may vary significantly.

The included 15W fast charger in the box charges the battery relatively quickly in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the best Android tablet available in the market as of now.

The gorgeous 10.2-inch TFT display together with the powerful Exynos 9611 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

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Smooth performance

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No LED flash for the rear camera

 Specifications

Screen10.4-inch Full HD TFT 2000 x 1200 pixel
ProcessorExynos 9611 octacore 2.3GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle nano sim VoLTE
Storage64 GB Upto 512 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery7040mAh
OSAndroid 10 Q

 

3. Samsung Tab A 10.1

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Best Build Quality
  • Aluminium chassis 
  • Full HD display
  • Long-lasting battery life

The Samsung Tab A series is the company’s entry-level Android tablet lineup which packs decent internal hardware and relatively newer Android OS versions.

The Tab A 10.1 as the name suggests is a 10.1-inch Android tablet priced just around Rs.15,000 in the Indian market for the Wi-Fi only variant.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Tab A 10.1 features the signature metallic back and glass front design, which feels very premium in hand.

The upper portion of the backplate is made from plastic for reducing the signal interference from the Antenna.

The stereo dual speakers on this tablet are placed on the bottom portion. These speakers sound loud and clear without any noticeable distortions.

The type C charging port is located in the bottom section between the two speaker grills.

The 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the top section. The power and volume rocker buttons give excellent click feedback and work as intended.

Display

The Samsung Tab A 10.1 features a 10.1-inch FHD TFT display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

This display has an 80.7% screen to body ratio with a pixel density of 224 ppi.

The colour accuracy and the brightness levels of this panel are on par with other similar priced laptops available in the market.

Be it casual web browsing or online video streaming, you will be satisfied with this tablet for sure.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy tab A 10.1 is powered by the Exynos 7904 octa-core processor which is a bit weaker compared to its elder sibling the 9611.

However, you won’t notice this on everyday usage. With the 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, this Android tablet performs smooth and lag-free in most cases.

You may face slight lags or stutters while multitasking with heavier apps, mainly due to the bottleneck from the limited 2GB RAM.

Camera

The Tab A 10.1 features an 8MP camera with an aperture size of f/2.0 in the rear.

This sensor with autofocus support takes good quality photos in daylight and can record Full HD videos up to 30fps.

Since there is no flash, night time photography isn’t much of a strong point of this tablet.

The 5MP front camera is capable of delivering decent video call quality as well.

Battery Life

The Tab A 10.1 is powered by a 6150mAh Li-po battery which is rated to last easily over a day, even with heavy usage.

With the bundled 15W charger you can juice up this tablet under 2-2.5 hours.

Verdict

If you are looking forward to a Wi-Fi-only Android tablet for media consumption and casual browsing, Tab A 10.1 is one of the best choices for a budget around Rs.15,000.

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Robust build quality

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Type C USB port

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Android 9.0 Pie OS

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No cellular connectivity

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch Full HD 1920 x 1200 pixels
ProcessorExynos 7904 octa core 1.8GHz
RAM2 GB
SIM supportWi-Fi only
Storage32 GB Up to 512 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery6150mAh
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie

4. 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

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.

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 2MP 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

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The single-SIM LTE connectivity

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Powerful processor

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No LED flash

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch Full HD Display
ProcessorKirin 659 octa-core 2.3GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G VoLTE
Storage64 GB UP to 256 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery5100mAh
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo

5. Swipe Slate 2

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Best Tablet for Online Classes
  • Large 10.1-inch HD IPS display
  • Decent quality front and rear camera
  • Long-lasting battery life

Swipe is an Indian company which markets Android tablets with cellular connectivity at affordable price ranges for customers with budget constraints.

The Swipe Slate 2 is an entry-level 10.1-inch Android tablet best suitable for online classes for students under a price bracket of just Rs.10,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Swipe slate 2 has a polycarbonate chassis with matte finish texture. This tablet feels durable in hand, thanks to the decent all-round fit and finish.

The buttons are placed in the sides for easy access and they do offer excellent click response.

The micro USB charging port and the 3.5mm jack is on the top portion.

Removing the small plastic section around the camera module in the rear opens up the provision for inserting two SIM cards and a dedicated memory card for storage expansion.

Display

The Swipe Slate 2 features a large 10.1-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

This panel has good colour accuracy and decent sharpness for immersive media consumption experience.

Being an IPS display, the viewing angles are wide enough without any colour washout when viewed from odd angles.

The texts appear clean and without any jagged edges. The brightness levels are adequate for stress-free indoor usage, even under well-lit conditions.

There are considerable bezels around the display but it isn’t much of a deal-breaker in this price range.

Processor and Performance

The Swipe Slate 2 is powered by a MediaTek MT8765B quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

There is another variant of the same tablet with 32GB of onboard storage, but with the availability of a dedicated SD card slot, storage isn’t a big deal.

The performance of this tablet in day to day tasks is very satisfactory. The Android 9.0 Pie OS is optimized so well to work well even on low-powered hardware devices.

Media consumption, attending online classes via Skype, Cisco Webex, Google meet etc works well on this tablet without any issues.

Camera

The Swipe Slate is one of the very few tablets in India under Rs.10,000 which comes with a rear camera with dedicated flash.

This tablet has an 8MP rear camera that takes decent quality photos for social media uploads.

The 5MP front camera works well for video calls and attending online sessions, under good lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Swipe Slate 2 is powered by a 5000mAh Li-ion battery which will last you over a day, even with heavy usage.

You can attend online classes, watch a few youtube videos, browse the internet and still have some juice left by the end of the day.

Verdict

If your budget is under Rs.10,000 and is in search of a capable Android tablet for online classes and casual usage, the Swipe Slate 2 is one of the best picks available out there.

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Dual SIM 4G VoLTE

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Rear camera with flash

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Android 9 Pie OS

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Backward facing speaker

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch IPS 1280 x 720 pixels
ProcessorMediaTek MT8765B Quad Core
RAM2 GB
SIM supportDual SIM 4G
Storage16GB up to 128GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie

 

6. Lenovo Tab M10 FHD

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Feature Rich Tablet
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS 
  • Decent Snapdragon 450 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 FHD is an Android-powered Wi-Fi + 4G tablet that the company has recently released in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

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

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

Display

The Lenovo M10 features a 10.1 full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 200 pixels.

This is an IPS display with excellent viewing angles. With the pixel density of 224 ppi, this panel is adequately sharp for a delightful media consumption experience and web browsing.

The FHD panel of this tablet has a peak brightness of 320 nits, making it suitable for indoor usage even under well-lit environments.

Processor and Performance

What’s running the show inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-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.

Running the relatively recent Android 9.0 Pie OS, the Lenovo M10 FHD is capable of delivering a smooth and lag-free experience for the most part.

The Snapdragon 450, however, isn’t suited for serious gaming so you might want to back off if you expect smooth PUBG or Fortnite playback.

Camera

The Lenovo M10 FHD has an 8MP primary camera and 5MP front camera, both of which without flash.

The front camera delivers decent video call experience while the rear camera takes good daylight photos, suitable for social media uploads.

Miscellaneous

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.

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

Battery Life

The Lenovo M10 FHD packs a large 7000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last up to 2 days of moderate to heavy usage.

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.

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Excellent colour accuracy

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Robust build quality

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VoLTE support

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No camera flash

 Specifications

Screen10.1 inch HD IPS 1920 x 1200 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz
RAM2 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM LTE
Storage32 GB UP to 256 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery7000mAh
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie

7. Fusion 5

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Honourable Mention
  • Dual SIM 4G LTE
  • Android 8.1 OS
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Fusion is a UK based marketing company which offers competitively priced Android tablets in developing countries such as India and Brazil.

The Fusion 5 is the company’s entry-level budget Android tablet offering currently on sale in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Fusion 5 tablet as expected is entirely made of plastic.

The quality of the build doesn’t feel as impressive as some of its competitor devices but passable given the dirt-cheap price tag.

This device has a glossy finish backplate which honestly looks ugly and will scratch easily within no time.

The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side and offer a decent tactile response when pressed.

The charging port, headphone jack and the HDMI output is located on the top part of the tablet.

Display and Camera

This budget Android tablet comes equipped with a 9.6-inch IPS display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

The display feels adequately bright and colourful and the viewing angles are excellent as well.

If you look close enough, you might end up noticing pixelation which is not a deal-breaker when used at normal viewing distances.

The Fusion 5 features an 8MP front camera and 2MP rear camera for occasional video calls and pictures.

Processor and Performance

The Fusion 5 Android tablet has a 13GHz quad-core A53 processor in its heart powering the processes.

This processor along with 2GB RAM is sufficiently capable for casual use cases such as web browsing and media consumption.

The inbuilt storage of 32GB can be further increased with the help of a dedicated SD card if the need arises.

Miscellaneous

This Android tablet does feature dual-SIM 4G LTE cellular connectivity if that’s what you are looking for.

One of the main USPs of this tablet is it’s Android 8.1 Oreo OS. While the majority of the tablets currently available in the market runs on outdated operating systems, this is a much-needed change.

Battery Life

This device has a 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for a day and a half worth of moderate usage.

Verdict

If you’re in search of an Android tablet strictly for home usage, the Fusion 5 is one of the better choices in the sub. Rs.10,000 price range.

The latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS makes it compatible with a lot of modern apps which will refuse to run on tablets with outdated Android OS versions.

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IPS display

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Mini HDMI port

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1-year warranty

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Screen9.6 inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels
Processor1.3GHz Quad core A53
RAM2 GB
SIM supportDual 4G LTE
Storage32 GB up to 128 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo

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

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