Best Tablets Under Rs.5,000 (February 2020)

by | Feb 11, 2020

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. Alcatel 1T7 Overall Best Pick
2. iBall Slide Spirit X2Runner-Up Pick
3. iKall N1Feature Rich Tablet
4. Lenovo Tab7 7304FBest Wi-Fi Only Tablet
5. Lava Ivory+Honorable Mention

1. Alcatel 1T7

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 1024×600 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



2. iBall Slide Spirit X2

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for media consumption
  • Internet connectivity and voice calling enabled
  • 1-year warranty

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.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 Slide Spirit X2 features a 7-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 10024 x 600 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 8.1 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
Storage8GB up to 32 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0 inch HD 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual SIM
Battery3350mAh

3. I Kall N1

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Feature-Rich Tablet
  • 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 N1 Android tablet from I Kall offers a fine combination of productivity and entertainment at an affordable budget to Indian consumers.

Design and Build Quality

I Kall N1 has a plastic body with a designer backplate on the black coloured variant and a plain 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 distorts 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 N1 tablet features an 8.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

This display is not the best of the bunch, but 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 N1 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 1GB RAM and 8GB 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

I Kall N1 comes with dual-sim 3Gsupport 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 the dual-sim 3G 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 4000 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 N1 tablet that comes with an optional full-sized keyboard will do the job perfectly.

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3G dual sim support

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8GB internal storage

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Bundled keyboard

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Outdated Android OS

 Specifications

Processor1GHz Mediatek Quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB Up to 32 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display8.0-inch 1280 x 800 pixels
SIM SupportDual sim
Battery4000mAh



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 Tab7 is an Android-powered Wi-Fi only tablet that the company has released in India.

Design and Build Quality

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

The Tab7 comes with 7-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 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 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.

Operating System

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 3450 mAh 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.

Verdict

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. Lava Ivory+

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Honorable Mention
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • 8GB ROM
  • Lightweight and compact design

Lava is an Indian consumer electronics manufacturer who lost prominence in the market with the influx of Chinese smartphones into the country.

The Ivory+ Android tablet from Lava is an entry-level Android tablet priced under Rs.5,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Lava Ivory+ has a plastic and polycarbonate chassis. This device feels solid and durable in hand.

The headphone jack and the charging port is placed at the top adjacent to the rear camera and the accompanying flash.

The buttons on this tablet have relatively less key travel but feel tactile nevertheless.

Display

The Ivory+ tablet comes with a 7-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

This 7-inch IPS screen has excellent pixel density for the price, meaning the images and text appears sharper, clearer and more detailed.

The screen gets sufficiently bright and using this tablet in outdoor conditions is not a problem.

Processor and Performance

This Android tablet is powered by a MediaTek MT8735 processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

Assisting the processor in its operations is a 1GB RAM module. This device comes with 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via a dedicated SD card slot.

Apps run reasonably well on this tablet. There is no problem whatsoever in carrying out casual tasks such as internet browsing or media consumption.

Since the processor is required to push fewer pixels on the screen, the apps run faster compared to other devices with a similar processor.

Camera and Connectivity

This device comes with standard connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and voice calling – thanks to the dual SIM slots that support 3G network speeds.

The rear camera is of 2MP assisted by a flash which can shoot videos at 480p @ 30fps and the front camera is a 0.3MP shooter for video calls.

This Android tab is powered by a 3500 mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day and a half on moderate usage.

However, if you tend to use the cellular connectivity all the time, this may drop significantly.

Verdict

Powered by a MediaTek processor inside, the Lava Ivory+ is a good purchase for the internal hardware specs that it offers for the price.

The 2MP + 0.3MP front and the rear combination do help you to make decent quality video calls to your dear and near ones.

Apart from the outdated Android OS, we believe this tablet is worthy enough to deserve a spot in our recommendations.

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IPS display with decent viewing angles

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4G LTE cellular connectivity

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3.5mm headphone jack

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Outdated Android 7.0 OS

 Specifications

Processor 1.1GHz Mediatek MTK 8735 quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB UP to 32 GB
Camera2MP Rear, 0.3MP Front
Display7.0 inch HD 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual SIM
Battery3500mAh

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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