Although we can’t expect tablets or any smart tech under £200 to stand in line with the higher range devices, the under 200 portfolio gets rather interesting and there are certainly some good pieces to pick from. Today, we have selected the 5 best android tablets available in 2021 depending on their performance, display resolution, battery life or other features.
- Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen LTE 10.3″
- HUAWEI MediaPad T5 10.1″
- HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Lite 10″/8″
- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet 10″
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 8″
1. Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen LTE 10.3″
Lenovo Tab M10 Specs
|Display||10.3″ FHD (1920×1200)|
|Performance||8 core 2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio P22T, 4GB RAM|
|Storage||32, 64, 128 GB (expandable with microSD)|
|Battery life||up to 9 hours|
|Connectivity||LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and GLONASS, 2 pin accessories connector|
Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen is the best tablet under £200 you can currently find on market. It has been discounted by Amazon to fit this category (£179.99), but even with its RRP price of £230, it would normally make it a good deal for what the tablet offers. This tablet placed in an aluminium body, promises solid sound, usable cameras, decent storage capacity and RAM.
The back and sides of the Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen are made of aluminium, except the upper and lower edge, where the antennas are located, and therefore they are made of plastic instead of metal. The tablet size is 241.54 × 149.38 × 8.25 mm at a weight of 420 g.
📲 The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen comes with a 10.3″ FHD (1920×1200) TDDI screen with a brightness of 330 nits, the best screen out of all tablets under £200. Although the screen might not be so good in direct sunlight, it will do well while watching movies or playing games at home.
📷 Tablets are usually not usually suitable to take photos, usually due to their size, however, as video calls are now much more popular than before, the 5.0MP front and Rear 8.0MP cameras might come in hand.
📶 The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen offers LTE (4G) connection, thus it is possible to insert a SIM card to use it for calls or mobile internet. For location services, GPS and GLONASS receivers are included, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5mm audio jack. On the bottom, you will find a 2 pin connector to attach all sorts of accessories such as a smart stand, cover or keyboard.
⚙ The tablet runs on 8 core 2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio P22T processor supported by 4GB RAM for a smoother experience and better multitasking (compared to 2GB RAM). As for storage, you can choose from three different options: 32GB, 64GB or even 128GB which is not common in tablets at this price range and will certainly spare you some headaches when dealing with nowadays large apps. And if even that is not enough, you can expand the memory by up to 256GB thanks to the microSD card support.
🔋 The Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen is powered by a 5000mAh battery, lasting for up to 9 hours. The tablet is chargeable by USB-C, which is included in the box.
2. Huawei MediaPad T5 10.1″
Huawei MediaPad T5 Specs
|Display||10.1″ IPS FullHD (1920 x 1200)|
|Performance||8 core 2.36Ghz Kirin 695 processor, 3GB RAM|
|Storage||32 GB (expandable with microSD up to 256GB)|
|Connectivity||LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou|
The Mediapad T5 tablet is a device designed mainly for customers who require trouble-free functionality and sufficient performance at an affordable price. Although it probably won’t take your breath away with its equipment, it will be enough for basic tasks and can become a handy helper.
📲 The Mediapad T5 might especially be interesting for its decent display quality. The 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution of the IPS display delivers a fineness of 224 pixels per inch. This value, even though it is low compared to current smartphone trends, is average in the price level up to £200.
The tablet is relatively thin, light and compact, so due to the purchase price of its design quality, it can not be evaluated other than positively.
🔋 The battery will bring a capacity of 5,100 mAh. Although the manufacturer does not state the endurance of the device, in case of occasional use (not constant heavy gaming), you count on a maximum of one-day usability. You can charge the tablet via the micro-USB connector.
⚙ The performance of the Huawei tablet is taken care of by the older 8 core Kirin 695 processor with a maximum frequency of 2.36 GHz. In combination with 3 GB of RAM, you will get enough performance for medium-demanding applications and less demanding games.
The 32 GB storage capacity is common in this price category, however, with a part of the storage capacity taken by the operating system, the possibility of expanding it with an SD card by up to 256 GB surely comes in hand.
📷 As is customary with tablets from lower price categories, the camera is more in number here and serves only for basic recording purposes. The 5MP sensor will certainly not dazzle you, but on the other hand, it is not a significant weakness compared to the competition. Good to remind ourselves, the quality photos are definitely not the motto of the lowest price category.
📶 In terms of software, the tablet is equipped with the Android 8 operating system, which is relatively positive in the flood of very old tablet operating systems from lower price categories. The Mediapad T5 also offers GPS (GPS, Glonass, Beidou) modules, a SIM card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
3. Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10″/8″
HUAWEI MediaPad M5 Lite Specs
|Display||10.1″/8″ IPS FullHD (1920 x 1200)|
|Performance||8 core 2.4Ghz Kirin 659 processor, 3GB/ 4GB RAM|
|Storage||32, 64 GB (expandable with microSD up to 256GB)|
|Battery life||up to 13 hours of video playback|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint sensor|
The MediaPad M5 Lite is a representative of mid-range tablets in Huawei’s selection.
📲 The tablet with a 10.1-inch display, a 16:10 aspect ratio and a Full HD resolution of 1,920 × 1,200 pixels is built in an aluminium body with four speakers. It is the sound that should differentiate the MediaPad M5 lite from other tablets. Harman Kardon, the world-famous company took part in the development. Histen 5.0 surround sound should also offer listeners more bass.
⚙ Tablet’s performance is taken care of by the 8 core 2.4 GHz Kirin 659 processor, supplemented by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is a standard in this price range and is extendable via MicroSD card up to 256GB. If that’s not enough for you, you can reach for the variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for £245. The MediaPad M5 Lite runs on Android version 8 Oreo, with Huawei’s custom launcher EMUI 8.0.
🔋 The MediaPad M5 Lite boasts a solid battery life (up to 13 hours of video playback time according to Huawei) thanks to the 7,500 mAh battery, charged via USB-C, supporting Quick Charge.
📷 The tablet also comes with both 8MP front selfie and rear cameras.
🖊 An advantage of the tablet is the support of the M-Pen lite stylus, which, thanks to the pressure sensing technology, can recognize up to 2048 different ways of tilting and pushing on the stylus. Unfortunately, even though the stylus is not included in the box in the UK but may be available in other regions.
The MediaPad M5 Lite also comes in an 8″ build, also with a Full HD IPS display, with a slightly higher PPI – 283 vs 224 in the 10″ version. It comes with a slightly different processor (Huawei Kirin 710 Octa-core 2.2 GHz) and a lower, 5100mAh battery, which, according to Huawei spec’s should last for around 10 hours of video playback). Even though this may not be a deal-breaker to some, the tablet also features a better 13MP camera. The MediaPad M5 Lite 8″ as a newer model, runs on the Android 9 operating system with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0.
4. Fire HD 10 Tablet
Fire HD 10 Tablet Lite Specs
|Display||10.1″ FullHD (1920 x 1200)|
|Performance||8 core 2.0 GHz processor|
|Storage||32, 64 GB (expandable with microSD)|
|Battery||unknown (likely 6300mAh) USB-C|
|Battery life||up to 12 hours|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack|
The Fire HD 10 is a multimedia tablet made by Amazon, focused on multimedia and social media via the most known apps such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Twitch, Pinterest. It also supports Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.
📲 The tablet features a 10.1″ 1080p Full HD display with 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi) resolution.
⚙ Under the hood, you will find an 8 core 2.0 GHz processor, which although does not belong among the more powerful one, the Fire HD 10 will cope with some simple games.
You can choose between two different storage capacity variants, 32 or 64GB with 8.4GB taken by the operating system, so the 64GB might be a better option to buy to avoid headaches with large apps.
The internal storage can also be expanded via a microSD card up to 512 GB. Both variants come with 2GB RAM, which might not be ideal for heavy multitasking, but will do OK when using one app at a time.
🔋 The Fire HD 10 promises up to 12 hours of usage (reading, browsing the web, watching videos and listening to music) per battery life. The battery can be fully recharged via USB-C connector in 4 hours (with 9W adaptor incl. in the box or in 3 hours with supported 15W adaptor).
The Fire HD 10 comes in 4 colours: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, White.
The tablet can be a good companion, however, if you are thinking about buying the 64GB version, Lenovo Tab M10 2nd Gen (listed above) might be a much better deal, especially while the Amazon discount lasts.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Specs
|Display||8″ TFT HD 1280×800|
|Performance||4 core 2 GHz Qualcomm|
|Storage||32 (expandable with microSD)|
|Battery life||up to 14 hours on Wi-Fi|
|Connectivity||LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A8 is a budget tablet in a sense, as the sometimes poorer performance might dissapoint more demanding users. However, it might be a great starter tablet for example for your children, giving its quite low price tag. As an alternative to this, you might have a look for an older iPad, which should provide enough performance for your children’s games for a similar price.
The Galaxy Tab A8 comes in a simple 8″ design that allows you or your kids to hold it comfortably with one hand, it’s slim, compact, well-portable, the perfect mix of performance, design and appeal. Although it doesn’t boast of high performance, it may be enough for simple media browsing or video streaming for your kids.
📱 The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 packs an 8-inch, bright TFT HD 1280×800 pixel display, with no button and 2MP front selfie and 8MP rear cameras. Its dual stereo speakers are inbuilt in the bottom edge of the aluminium chassis.
⚙ The tablet got a 4 core 2 GHz Qualcomm processor, supplemented with 2GB RAM, which is a price for the lower cost. It should, however, do just fine for some basic tasks, social media or streaming videos, but it may struggle during more extensive multi-tasking. Although it comes only with 32GB storage capacity, which would not certainly be enough for today’s large apps, you will be able to extend the internal memory thanks to the inbuilt MicroSD slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 comes in WiFi and LTE(+WiFi) variants, costing approx. £30 more.
🔋 It is powered by a 5100mAh battery, rechargeable via micro USB, giving you approx. 14 hours of WiFi usage (according to Samsung).