Best Tablets Under Rs.20,000 (January 2021)

by | Jan 25, 2021

Tablets are one of the most neglected tech gadgets in the industry right now, apart from the expensive flagship one’s that Apple and Samsung release every year.

There is a niche group of people out there who still want to have a bigger screen than the traditional smartphone displays for immersive media consumption experience that double up as a viable alternative to a laptop for work-related uses.

Good tablets are hard to come by in the budget price segments but in this article, we bring you the curated list of the seven best tablets available in the Indian market priced under Rs.20,000.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Tablets under different budgets here.

Best Tablets Under Rs.20,000

1. Lenovo Yoga Smart TabletOverall best pick
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7Runner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo Tab M10 2nd GenValue for Money Tablet
4. Honor Pad 5Best Android Tablet for Students
5. Huawei MediaPad T5Best Affordable Tablet
6. Acer One 10Best Battery Life
7. Alcatel 3T 10Honourable Mention

 

1. Lenovo Yoga Smart Tablet

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Entry-level Snapdragon processor
  • Cellular connectivity
  • Dolby Atmos-certified stereo speakers
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Gorgeous IPS display

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Expandable storage memory

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Bloatware free UI

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Average front camera

Lenovo is a popular brand when it comes to laptops and smartphones in the Indian subcontinent.

The Yoga series tablet from Lenovo follows the footsteps of its elder Yoga series laptops in terms of design and feature richness.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Yoga tablets look distinctly unique from those ordinary Android tablets you come across in the market.

The rounded bottom with integrated kickstand makes this design not only aesthetically pleasing but also very practical for daily use.

The backplate of this Yoga tablet is made from aluminium with a soft acrylic finish which looks and feels premium.

The rounded drum-shaped bottom houses dual 2W JB speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos for the best possible sound experience in a budget tablet.

Weighing at 580g, this tablet by no means is lightweight. But the ergonomic design makes it easy to grip inside the hand without any major issues.

This device has a USB Type-C port on the left side for charging and data syncing and volume rockers, power button, and audio jack on the right side.

The Lenovo Yoga is a Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet with the provision for a single Nano-SIM to add cellular connectivity

Display

The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tablet features a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

The bezels on the sides of this display are considerably thinner than the upper and bottom chin. This ensures an immersive media consumption experience.

With a pixel density of around 218ppi, this display is decently sharp and the visuals look detailed and clean, without any noticeable pixelation effects.

This panel has a peak brightness of 320nits, making it legible even under bright indoor conditions. However, outdoor viewability isn’t the best among the lot.

Processor and Performance

The Yoga Smart Tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

The device comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage onboard. You can expand the storage further by inserting a microSD card.

Speaking of the performance, the day to day performance is delightful and this tablet handles light multitasking without any issues.

The tablet comes with the Android 9.0 Pie OS and the experience is almost like a stock android, with no pre-installed bloatware applications to bog down the performance.

You can play any 2D games smoothly on this tablet without any noticeable lags. However, expect lags and stutters if you are trying to play heavy games such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite.

Camera

There’s a single 8MP rear camera on this tablet that captures good images in broad daylight. You can even use it for casual photography in your free time.

The 5MP front-facing camera on the tablet is much more useful for video calling instead of clicking selfies as the captured images come out with fewer details and colour discrepancies.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tablet is powered by a monstrous 7000mAh battery inside. This gigantic battery will easily last over a day even with heavy usage.

The device does have a USB Type-C port but the bundled charger isn’t the fast charger and it takes almost 4 and a half hours to charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tablet is best suited for media enthusiasts for watching online content and students to attend online classes.

Keeping the price under Rs.20,000, this Lenovo tablet has a unique design and a long-lasting battery inside that keeps you entertained for hours.

Specifications

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
RAM4 GB
Storage64 GB up to 64 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Display10.1-inch Full HD IPS, 1920 x 1200 pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery7000 mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Octa-core Snapdragon processor
  • Vibrant Full HD display
  • Android 10 with intuitive One UI
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Good battery life

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Quad-speaker with Dolby atmos

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Expandable storage

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No cellular connectivity

Galaxy Tab series from Samsung is one of the most in-demand Android tablets in the market, primarily citing the lack of branded companies launching their tablets here in India.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is the newest member of Galaxy Tab series and retails in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

Similar to most other mid-range Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has a mix of metal and plastic build.

The back section of this tablet is made from metal whereas the frame is of plastic. The overall design of this tablet looks very minimal and industrial.

Apart from the single rear camera and the Samsung brand logo, the entire back section is empty.

Weighing at 476g, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 doesn’t feel that heavy to use, compared with some other tablets in the similar price bracket.

One of the USPs of this Android tablet is the quad speakers that deliver excellent stereo sound output, difficult to come by in a mid-range tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a Wi-Fi-only tablet meaning you won’t be able to pop in a SIM card to access cellular networks.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 features a 10.4-inch Full HD TFT display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels.

The display quality is exceptional – it’s bright and colour accurate. The visuals and text appear sharp and detailed, thanks to the higher resolution display.

The bezels on all four sides of this display aren’t that thin, and look somewhat outdated compared to the rest of the design.

This panel doesn’t support the S-pen as opposed to the premium Samsung tablets, but the touch responsiveness with fingers is flawless.

Processor and Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 runs the show from beneath on this Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 tablet.

It is an octa-core chipset designed on 11-nanometer architecture. This chip is power-efficient and gives excellent performance with everyday usage and light multitasking.

The 3GB RAM is ample for running all kinds of applications such as web browsers, social media apps and streaming content platforms except heavy games.

Regarding storage, the Galaxy Tab A7 comes with 32GB onboard with a provision to expand up to 1TB with the help of an SD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 runs the latest Android 10 Q OS with the intuitive One UI 2.5 on top. The interface is the same as that of Samsung’s latest smartphones.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 features an 8MP primary lens at the rear and a 5MP selfie shooter.

The rear camera can click photos and shoot videos, but there is no stabilization whatsoever.

The front camera is often useful to capture selfies in daylight conditions, and it can be more useful when it comes to video calls.

Note that neither of these cameras has LED flash, so low light photography isn’t this tablet’s strong forte.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is powered by a 7040 mAh battery which gives you the battery backup for an entire day with medium to heavy usage.

The bundled 15W charger is said to support fast charging but still takes almost 3 hours to recharge the battery.

Verdict

The Galaxy Tab A7 is a feature-packed, well built Wi-Fi-only Android tablet suitable for work and fun purposes.

This budget Android tablet excels in its everyday performance, battery life and the intuitive UI that runs everything all and well.

 Specifications

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB up to 1 TB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Display10.4-inch Full HD TFT, 2000 x 1200 pixels
SIM SupportWiFi Only
Battery7040 mAh

3. Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen

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Value for Money Tablet
  • Decent everyday performance 
  • IR assisted face to unlock
  • Single SIM with VoLTE support
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Ample 128GB onboard storage

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Dual stereo speakers

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Robust build quality

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Slow charging

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen is an upgrade to the Tab M8 tablet we had discussed in the best tablets under Rs.10,000 article.

The 2nd generation of the M series tablet is a lot better than its predecessor model in terms of both performance and build quality.

Design and Build Quality

Beginning with the exterior, the Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen has a matte finish back and the material used for the construction is aluminium, so the build quality feels durable and sturdy.

The back panel houses a round-shaped camera with no LED flash to assist in low light conditions.

Designwise, the Lenovo Tab M10 2nd gen looks very minimal but aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

While the SIM card tray, volume rockers, and power button are placed on the right side of the frame, the USB Type-C charging port and the 3.5mm audio jack is situated on the top section.

The device comes with dual stereo speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos, which delivers an immersive sound experience.

Surprisingly, the Lenovo Tab M10 2nd gen features an IR camera upfront for quick face unlock, even under dim lit conditions.

Display

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen features a 10.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Lenovo has managed to keep the bezel thickness to a minimum on the sides, thereby delivering an impressive 90% screen to body ratio.

The colours appear bright and vivid and the dynamic range is impressive as well. Thanks to the peak brightness of 330nits, this panel is very much a delight to use indoors even under brightly lit conditions.

You can also turn on the eye protection mode at night time to read text or watch videos without causing much stress on your eyes.

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd gen is a Wi-Fi + LTE tablet with single SIM support.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen Android tablet runs on MediaTek Helio P22T octa-core processor.

This tablet is equipped with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, which gives enough leeway for the processor to perform lag and stutter-free with everyday casual tasks such as web surfing and media consumption.

The Tab M10 is one of the very few tablets in the sub. Rs.20,000 price bracket to provide such ample storage capacity along with the provision for an SD card.

This tablet runs on Android 9.0 Pie OS which is very well optimized for being battery efficient while making sure that the performance isn’t compromised.

Camera

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen has an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter in the front.

The 8MP rear camera works fine in well-lit environments. The shots taken from this rear camera have good details but the colour looks a little faded.

The camera application on this tablet has all the basic features that you would find on a budget smartphone. You can adjust exposure and white balance and also change the resolution within the app.

The front 5MPcamera is good for video conferencing or attending online classes. You can even try taking selfies in your free time and the results turn out to be somewhat good.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen tablet is powered by a 5000mAh battery. This battery will last you a day with medium to heavy usage.

The bundled charger takes around 3-3.15 hours to completely charge the battery from zero to hundred per cent.

Verdict

The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen is a feature-packed device with cellular connectivity onboard.

If you want to purchase a carry anywhere tablet with decent performance and battery life, this should be one of your top choices out there.

 Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22T
RAM4 GB
Storage128 GB up to 256 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Display10.3-inch Full HD IPS, 1920 x 1200 pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery5000 mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

4. Honor Pad 5

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Best Tablet for Students
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
  • Bright and vivid full HD display
  • Dual stereo speakers
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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Single-SIM LTE connectivity

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Powerful processor

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No LED flash for the camera

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.

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 are 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 eliminate eye fatigue.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Honor Pad 5 is a Kirin 710 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

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

Everyday performance is smooth and without any noticeable lags. Students will find this tablet apt for their academic works such as web surfing and document editing.

This tablet comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory expandable up to 512GB 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 an 8MP 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.

 Specifications

ProcessorKirin 710
RAM4 GB
Storage64 GB up to 512 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Display8-inch Full HD IPS, 1920 x 1200 pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery5100 mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

5. Huawei MediaPad T5

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Best Affordable Tablet
  • Best suited for kids
  • Immersive sound quality
  • Decent FHD display
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Decent build quality

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Children’s Corner for kids

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Eye-comfort mode

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Outdated OS

Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications giant with presence in various segments such as smartphones, network equipment and consumer electronics appliances.

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is a mid-range thin and lightweight tablet equipped with a Kirin processor, retailing for just Rs.3,999 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Huawei MediaPad T5 has a full-body aluminium chassis which looks and feels premium.

The matte finish exterior is very appealing and adds a minimal tone to the overall design.

Apart from the single rear camera, there is nothing much left to talk about in the rear of this device.

The frame of the device is also made out of aluminium, lending durability to the structure as a whole. The power button and volume buttons are located on the right side of the frame while the charging port can be seen on the left side.

Even though the chassis is of aluminium, the Honor MediaPad T5 weighs just 460g, lighter than some of the plastic body tablets in this price segment.

Display

The Huawei MediaPad T5 features a 10.1-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

This touchscreen display is very responsive to the touches and taps, thanks to the capacitive digitizer underneath.

With regards to the colour accuracy, the visuals appear detailed and clean without any noticeable pixelation.

Huawei has implemented a special eye comfort mode on this tablet which limits the blue light emission thereby protecting your eyes from stress.

Processor and Performance
The Huawei MediaPad T5 comes equipped with the Kirin 659 processor along with 3GB RAM that gives a delightful performance with everyday use.

Even though the internal storage is limited to 32GB, there is the provision to expand the memory via an external microSD card.

This tablet runs fine with most of the normal apps that we use daily, but expect some minor stutters with multiple apps open in the background.

The MediaPas T5 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo which is a little bit outdated in terms of the Android OS release cycle, but this doesn’t affect the performance or hamper the functionality in any manner.

Huawei has integrated the Children Corner service inside the OS which allows certain features to be restricted for access to kids. This is ideal if you are giving this tablet to your kids and don’t want them to access certain sensitive functions and websites.

Camera

The Huawei MediaPad T5 features two cameras – a 5MP primary camera in the rear and a 2MP selfie camera.

Results from rear cameras are not as good as the Samsung Tab you discussed on this list.

While the picture quality is okay for occasional social media uploads, but can’t be used for anything else mainly because of the lack of details and colour accuracy.

The front camera is somewhat useful to attend video calls for meetings or to connect to a friend and family.

Battery Life

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which lasts for a day of usage on a single charge.

However, this number depends significantly on various factors such as display brightness and the content played on the screen.

Verdict

Huawei MediaPad T5 is an ideal choice as a gift to your young ones for study as well as recreational purposes.

The Children Corner setup inside will let you set restrictions on what they will be given access to, which is very important in this internet era where scams and dangers are omnipresent.

Specifications

ProcessorKirin 659
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB up to 256 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display10.1-inch Full HD, 1920 x 1200 pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery5100 mAh
OSAndroid 8.0

6. Acer One 10

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Best Battery Life
  • Decent IPS LCD panel
  • Lag-free everyday performance
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi support
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Dual front-facing speakers

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Cellular connectivity

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Touch responsive display

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Average camera quality

Odds are pretty high that you might have already known about the brand Acer. The company has a strong presence in the country, thanks to the popular budget laptops.

The Acer One 10 is an Android tablet from the company aimed at entry-level customers looking for a low-cost tablet for casual uses.

Design and Build Quality

The Acer One laptop gives importance to functionality over form factor. This device is made of hard plastic and the fit and finish seem unpolished.

All the physical buttons and connectivity ports are located at the top section of the frame. This device comes with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity with support for 4G LTE services.

The dual speakers on this mid-range Android tablet are placed on the front section below the display.

While the sound output from these speakers is loud, it isn’t the best in terms of clarity.

The buttons are properly marked and feel quite nice and clicky. There are considerable bezels around the display and overall this tablet feels thick and bulky.

Display

The display on this tablet is a 10.1-inch HD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

We feel that the touch-responsive is much better on this tablet when compared to others.

This might be because Acer is quite famous for its homegrown components rather than outsourced materials.

The brightness levels are decent and the colour accuracy is sufficient for the price. Although, due to the low resolution there is a lack of details in the visuals when viewed up close.

Performance

Under the hood, the Acer One 10 is powered by a 2GHz MediaTek MT8766WA quad-core processor along with 4GB of RAM.

With this mid-range processor and ample amount of RAM to begin with, the apps run smooth and lag-free for the most part.

For casual browsing and media consumption, there isn’t much of a problem with the device.

Except gaming, everything else fares reasonably well on this Android tablet, even light multitasking.

The Acer One 10 comes with 84GB memory and is expandable up to 256GB via micro SD card slot.

Camera

Cameras on budget tablets are there for just the namesake. The Acer One 10 comes with an 8MP rear camera for taking occasional pictures and videos.

The shots captured in good daylight have a decent amount of details and colour accuracy.

In the front, there is a 5MP camera for video calls. Remember that this camera is useful if any, only in brightly lit environments.

Battery Life

The Acer One 10 is powered by a 6600mAh Li-ion battery inside. This will last for a day of moderate to heavy usage comfortably.

If you are using the cellular connectivity extensively, expect this to drop significantly.

Verdict

Acer One 10 is a good casual use tablet ideal for media consumption and web browsing.

With its decent battery life and smooth performance, this laptop has nothing much to criticize about, maybe except a Full HD display.

 Specifications

ProcessorMT8766WA quad-core
RAM4 GB
Storage64 GB up to 256 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Display10.1-inch HD IPS Display, 1280 x 800 Pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery6600 mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

7. Alcatel 3T 10

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Honourable Mention
  • Decent HD display
  • Good battery life
  • Immersive sound output
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Decent quad-core processor

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Android 9.0 OS

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Lightweight and ergonomic design

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Outdated micro USB port

The Alcatel A3 10 is a large-sized tablet with a 10.1-inch display that offers a premium multimedia experience under an affordable budget.

Rich in connectivity features, this device is one of the best tablets under Rs.15,000 for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Alcatel A3 10 is one of the best-looking tablets in the Indian market priced under Rs.15,000.

Made of polycarbonate materials, this tablet feels solid and lightweight at the same time.

The 3-D textured backplate offers excellent grip while holding this device in hand. It also helps in improving the aesthetic appeal of this tablet.

The textured colour design is visually very attractive to look at and gives this tablet a clean and premium vibe.

The rear camera is placed towards the side and has no flash to illuminate the pictures taken in the dark.

In the front, there are dual speakers on the top and the bottom facing the user, delivering a loud and clear audio output.

This Android tablet comes with a lightweight keyboard in the box, which is a welcome addition for many who don’t prefer an onscreen keyboard to type a lot of emails and letters.

Display

The Alcatel A3 10, as the name suggests, features a 10.1-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

This display supports up to 16 million colours and offers a decent media viewing experience.

Even though this is a normal TFT display, the contrast levels are impressive for a budget Android tablet.

This IPS display panel offers very good viewing angles without any noticeable colour washouts when the tablet is viewed at different positions.

Processor and Performance

This Android tablet is powered by a MediaTek MTK 8735B quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

The performance of this SoC under light loads is decent with no lags or stutters occurring in between.

The 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage alleviate some problems with multitasking and app loading times.

Gaming isn’t the strong forte of this tablet, so we advise you to refrain from trying to play resource-intensive games available in the play store.

Connectivity and Camera

The Alcatel A3 10 features Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. This Android tablet accepts a single SIM card and has the support for VoLTE.

There is Bluetooth v4.2 if you want to connect an external device such as a keyboard or even a wireless speaker with this device.

This tablet also supports USB OTG function by which you can connect an external storage device or any other peripheral to the device via an OTG cable available for dirt cheap prices in the market.

The 2MP rear camera and 2MP front camera performs adequately well for decent photos to post on social networks and nothing else.

Battery Life

The Alcatel A3 10 has a 4080 mAh Li-ion battery inside powering all the functions. This battery will last for about a day with moderate usage.

If you are the one who likes to use cellular data more than Wi-Fi, the battery life might significantly vary.

Verdict

The Alcatel A3 10 is the best Android tablet out there for media consumption under the budget of Rs.15,000.

The dual front-firing speakers and the large 10.1-inch display delivers an immersive media viewing experience at an enticing price point.

 Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek MT8765B quad-core
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB up to 128 GB
Camera2MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display10-inch HD IPS, 1280 x 800 pixels
SIM SupportSIM + WiFi
Battery4080 mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

This here concludes the list for the seven best Android tablets available for purchase in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.20,000.

While this is not the most exhaustive list of products available, we hope this article will at least help you narrow down your choices.

That said, if you have any queries regarding this article, let us know in the comments section below.

As always, thank you for your time and have a great day ahead!