Best Tablets Under Rs.5,000 (May 2019)

by | May 9, 2019

The prices of Android tablets have been coming down off lately.

Thanks to the entry of large screen phones with the compact form factor, people have started keeping a distance from these tablets in favour of more powerful and portable smartphones.

However, these tablets still cater to a large swath of Indian population who prefer a large screen especially kids for gaming and media consumption.

This is where cheap tablets find a foothold.

In this article, we list the best Android tablets under Rs.5,000 available in the Indian market.

Best Tablets Under Rs.5,000

1. iBall Slide Spirit X2Overall Best Pick
2. Fusion 5Runner Up Pick
3. Alcatel 1T7 Android Go Tablet
4. Lenovo Tab7 7304FBest Wi-Fi only tablet
5. I Kall N5Honorable Mention

1. iBall Slide Spirit X2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Best for home use
  • Comparatively newer Android version
  • Perfect for casual browsing and reading

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

The iBall Slide Spirit X2 is an entry-level tablet which runs on comparatively latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS and features cellular connectivity option.

Design and Build Quality

What more to expect from a sub Rs.5,000 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 Slide Spirit X2 features a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 10024x600 pixels.

This display is a huge improvement from previous displays we have seen on iBall products in the price ballpark.
The colours look vivid and punchier and the brightness levels are on part with the competitor models.

Processor and Performance

Powering this budget Android tablet is an ARM Quad-core A53 processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

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 16GB of internal storage as standard, issue of memory scarcity while installing apps from the Google Play Store won’t be an issue, at least for a short term.

This tablet comes with Android 8.1 Oreo OS which is much more optimized and efficient than its predecessor Android 7.0 Nougat.

Camera and Connectivity

The rear camera of the iBall Slide Spirit X2 is 5MP and the front shooter is a respectable 2MP sensor.

These cameras serve fine in the occasional image capturing and video conferencing under good lighting conditions.

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

The 3500 mAh Li-ion battery inside will keep this budget Android tablet charged for a day in moderate to heavy usage.

If you’re a heavy user, expect to have to charge this device, every 7-8 hours or so.

Verdict

The iBall Slide Spirit X2 comes with double the amount of internal storage found on the conventional sub. Rs.5,000 tablets and a comparatively modern Android OS out of the box.

Barring its average build quality, we think that it is a capable performer that perfectly fits the bill for average users.

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Android 7.0 OS
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16GB internal storage
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Decent display
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Uninspiring design

 Specifications

Processor1.1GHz ARM Cortex A53 quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB Up to 32 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0 inch HD 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual SIM
Battery3350mAh

 

2. Fusion 5

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Well suited for indoor usage
  • 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 companies 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 7-inch IPS display having a resolution of 1024x600 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 a 0.3MP front camera and 2MP rear camera for occasional video calls and pictures.

Processor and performance

The Fusion 5 Android tablet has a quad-core A35 processor in its heart powering the processes.

This processor along with 1GB RAM is sufficiently capable for casual use cases such as web browsing and media consumption.

The inbuilt storage of 8GB can be further increased with the help of a dedicated SD card if the need arises.

Miscellaneous

This Android tablet doesn’t have cellular connectivity if that’s what you are looking for.

It’s a Wi-Fi only device to be used as a supplementary gadget alongside your smartphone.

The main USP 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 3000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for a day 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.5,000 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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No cellular connectivity

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Average build quality

 Specifications

ProcessorQuad core A35
RAM1 GB
Storage8GB up to 128GB
Camera2MP rear, 0.3MP front
Display7.0 inch HD 1024 x 600 pixel
SIM SupportNo
Battery3000mAh

3. Alcatel 1T7

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Android Go Tablet
  • Android 8.1 Go edition OS
  • Decent battery life
  • Built-in Google Play protection

The Alcatel 1T7 is one of the first Android Go edition tablet launched in the Indian market.

This budget Android tablet, seemingly underpowered for its price, in reality, is capable of delivering a surprisingly smooth and snappy performance within its limitations, thanks to Android Go OS.

Android Go is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones.

Design and build quality

The Alcatel 1T7 Android tablet has a plastic construction that isn’t anything worth mentioning about.

This budget Android tablet has a 3D-textured back that enhances the grip in hand.

Being a comparatively lightweight and compact tablet, the Alcatel 1T7 can be easily carried with you during your daily commute.

The camera on the back is placed towards the sides and it lacks a flash to spice up low light photography.

Display

The Alcatel 1T7 has a 7.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Certainly not the greatest, this display offers decent brightness and colour accuracy for its asking price.

Alcatel has added features such as an eye-care mode to this display which will filter blue light to reduce eye fatigue.

With support for watching videos up to full HD resolution, this tablet is ideal for media consumption under an enticing budget.

Processor and performance

The Alcatel 1T7 is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

Capable of handling daily causal tasks with relative ease, this tablet will make sure your productivity never dips even when you are on the move.

This tablet has a 1GB of RAM coupled with 8GB of internal storage. This might seem a bit uninspiring but what makes this tablet perform better than most of the competitors in the market is the presence of Android Go OS.

Camera

The camera is never a strong selling point of budget tablets. Same is the case with this tablet as well.

The Alcatel 1T7 has a 5MP rear camera that can record videos with a maximum resolution of 720p at 30fps. At the front, there is a 2MP camera for video calls as well.

Android Go

Android Go operating system was developed by Google for improving performance on devices with less powerful internal hardware.

The Go operating system comes with its own set of optimized apps that have a smaller memory footprint and performance benefits.

This tablet runs on the latest Android 8.1 Go edition operating system and performs greatly even with its limited RAM and storage options.

Connectivity

The Alcatel 1T7 is a Wi-Fi only tablet and has no cellular connectivity to use it with a SIM card.

This device features the Bluetooth v4.2 for low power wireless connectivity with external accessories such as wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

Battery

This budget Android tablet has a 2850mAh Li-Po battery inside that powers its internals.

Given the underpowered processor and the display with low resolution, this tablet will easily last for a day worth of moderate usage.

Verdict

If you are the one who doesn’t bother about the specs and need a budget tablet that performs well, the Alcatel 1T7 is a great choice.

The Android Go operating system ensures security and system stability without compromising on the overall performance.

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Lightweight and compact

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Textured backplate offers good grip

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Bluetooth v4.2

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No flash for the rear camera

 Specifications

Processor1.3GHz Mediatek MT8321 quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB up to 128 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0-inch TFT 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportNo
Battery2850mAh

4. Lenovo Tab7 7304F

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Best Wi-Fi Only Tablet
  • No cellular connectivity
  • Appealing design
  •  Runs on comparatively recent software

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 7 is an Android-powered Wi-Fi only tablet that the company has released in India.

Refreshing design and a pleasing display

In the sea of outdated tablets, the Tab7 breathes a fresh life with a comparatively new OS version and design aesthetics.

The Tab 7 comes with 7-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

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

Technical aspects

What’s running the show inside is a MediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

This device comes with 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 128Gb via SD card.

Atleast and at last, Android 7.0!

As a welcome change, this android tablet from Lenovo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with a slew of new features.

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

The battery on this device is a 3450mAh Li-ion pack that lasts over a day quite comfortably.

Thanks to the Wi-Fi only connectivity it offers, it takes a lighter toll on the battery than the SIM cards does.

Summary

If you don’t mind the lack of a SIM card, the Lenovo Tab 7 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 Nougat 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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Good display
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Comparatively newer Android version
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Battery life
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No cellular connectivity options

 Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB up to 128 GB
Camera2 MP rear, 2 MP front
Display7.0 inch HD IPS
SIM SupportNo
Battery3450 mAh

5. I Kall N5

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Honorable Mention
  • Perfect for productivity tasks
  • Optional accessories
  • High-speed data transfer

I Kall is a leading consumer electronics brand in India offering affordable Android tablets to the masses.

The N5 Android tablet from I Kall offers a fine combination of productivity and entertainment at an affordable budget to Indian consumers.

Design and build quality

The I Kall N5 has a plastic body with a designer backplate on the black coloured variant and a plane coloured back on the white variant.

The camera and the dedicated flash is placed on the top centre part which is a clever design choice, if you may ask.

The tablet, when held in hand to click a picture, will often find the finger overlapping the flash if the camera is positioned towards the side.

This creates distortion in your clicks if you’re not careful enough to keep the fingers away from the flash.

The buttons on this tablet are very responsive to the clicks and are conveniently raised from the body so that you can easily locate them even without looking at it.

The charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top part. The single speaker is positioned on the back which is quite a bummer.

When the tablet is placed on a flat surface, the sound gets muffled due to the awkward placement of the speaker.

Display

The I Kall N5 tablet features a 7.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

This display is not the best of the bunch, but definitely acceptable considering the dirt cheap price tag.

The pictures and videos look decent on this display with sufficient brightness and colour accuracy, to say the least.

There may be some pixelation when displaying fine text, but not to the level where it becomes a dealbreaker.

Processor and performance

The I Kall N5 Android tablet is powered by a MediaTek Quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz.

This processor can run almost all casual apps available in the Google play store without breaking a sweat.

This device has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is almost double the amount that it’s competitors offer at the same price segment.

Heavy gaming is strictly a no-go with this budget tablet as the processor is way too underpowered to handle resource-intensive tasks.

This device can play videos up to a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making it an ideal media consumption device.

Connectivity

The I Kall N5 comes with dual-sim support as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can pop in two sims at a time and can switch between them seamlessly.

The main USP of this device is 4G connectivity. It enables this device to have high clarity voice calls and high-speed data transfer speeds.

Camera and battery life

The rear camera of this tablet is a 5MP one and the front shooter is a 2MP fixed focus camera.

This device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports all Android apps and
Google services.

The battery on this tab is a 3,000 mAh Li-ion cell that will let you use this device without requiring you to juice up during the middle of the day, in case of moderate use.

Verdict

If you are looking for a cheap tablet that can replace your laptop for emails and preparing notes for work, the I Kall N5 tablet that comes with an optional full-sized keyboard will do the job perfectly.

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4G dual sim support

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16GB internal storage
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Bundled keyboard
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Outdated Android OS

 Specifications

Processor1GHz Mediatek Quad core
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB up to 32 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0-inch 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual sim
Battery3000mAh

Our list of the best Android tablets under Rs.5,000 concludes here.

These models even though can’t be called the best, are great if you’re interested in a tablet with a bigger screen for multimedia consumption or gifting to your kids for gaming.

We hope we have made your decision making easier.

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