Best Android tablets in 2023

Android has a reputation for being less than ideal when it comes to tablets. While it’s true that Apple’s iPadOS enjoys access to more apps that are optimized for big screens, the best Android tablets are often outstanding pieces of hardware. Google looks like it’s getting serious about tablets again, too, with Android’s recent big-screen improvements and a new Pixel Tablet officially coming this year.

While more expensive tablets tend to be much more capable in terms of gaming, multitasking, and screen quality, there are plenty of excellent tablets on the budget end of the price spectrum if you’re after a tablet for watching videos, reading e-books, and doom-scrolling. There are also great Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets that run Android apps if you’re more focused on productivity and longevity in your tablet. Here are AP’s top recommendations.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is our favorite Android tablet today. While it’s considerably more expensive than the base-model Tab S8 — $900 at retail to the smaller tablet’s $700 — we also think it’s a better deal. Your extra cash will net you a larger 12.4″ OLED display (the standard Tab S8 has an 11″ LCD panel) plus a significantly bigger battery. Frequent sales help take the sting out of that asking price, too; it’s not unusual to see the Tab S8+ for $800 or less, and it’s been available for as little as $600. So keep an eye out for sales.

Like the rest of the Tab S8 line, the S8+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and either eight or 12 gigs of RAM, depending on the configuration you choose. That’s more than enough horsepower for regular tablet use. (If you need something more snappy, the Tab S8 Ultra has options all the way up to 16GB RAM). It’s also got a beautiful 120Hz OLED display that, while wider than we typically like tablets to be in landscape, is excellent for watching movies and TV shows. The Tab S8+ has Android 13 already as well. If you’re looking for a premium Android tablet but don’t want to go all-in on the titanic Tab S8 Ultra, the S8+ is a fantastic pick.

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  • Storage: 128, 256GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8, 12GB
  • Operating System: Android 13 with One UI 5
  • Battery: 10090 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 13MP primary, 6MP ultrawide, 12MP selfie
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 12.4-inch OLED, 1752 x 2800 @ 120Hz
  • Price: $899.99
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C 3.2
  • Measurements: 285 x 185 x 5.7 mm, 567g
  • Pros

  • Great OLED display
  • Sleek design
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Cons

  • Pricey
  • Wide aspect ratio may not be to everyone’s taste
  • Expensive first-party accessories
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    With a four-figure starting price and hardware you could call “excessive,” the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra certainly fits the premium bill. The main attraction is the Ultra’s display: it’s a huge 14.6-inch OLED panel at 1,848 by 2,960 pixels, with a refresh rate that goes all the way up to 120Hz. It’s got thin bezels on all sides, but there’s a notch at the top (in landscape) to accommodate dual front-facing cameras.

    Like the lesser S8 models, the Tab S8 Ultra packs the superfast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Unlike its little siblings, though, you can kit out the S8 Ultra with up to 16 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of storage. Android’s tablet apps still aren’t generally super polished, but the giant screen gives you more real estate to multitask — including in Samsung DeX, which is extra handy on a screen the size of a normal laptop’s. The Ultra’s huge OLED is also fantastic for watching TV and movies, and its four speakers mean you’ll get stereo sound in portrait or landscape orientation.

    It’s sturdy, expensive, and very cool — a truly premium device. So if you’re out to get the most Android tablet possible, the Tab S8 Ultra should be your go-to in 2023.

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  • Storage: 128GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Memory: 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Battery: 11,200 mAh
  • Camera (Rear, Front): Rear: 13MP f/2.0, 6MP f/2.2 / Front: 12 MP f/2.2, 12MP f/2.4
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 14.6″
  • Price: Starting at $1,100
  • Colors: Graphite
  • Pros

  • Gigantic 14.6-inch display
  • Great performance
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Cons

  • “Ultra” size can hinder portability
  • $1,100 to start
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    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

    Amazon’s Fire tablets do technically run Android behind the scenes. The company has been positioning the Fire HD 10 as a productivity device; it’s even got a bundle that includes a decent keyboard case. But it’s probably better to think of the Fire Hd 10 as a media device first and foremost. At just $150, you’re not going to find many other tablets for this price, let alone ones that provide a decent experience. Just be sure to install the Google Play Store if you do pick one up.

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  • Storage: 32 or 64GB + microSD up to 1TB
  • CPU: Octa-core 2GHz
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Operating System: Fire OS 7.3 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Battery: Rated for 12 hours of mixed use, supports 15W charging
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (Type-C), 3.5mm audio
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD
  • Price: $150 to $205
  • Size: 247 x 166 x 9.2mm / 465g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5
  • Pros

  • Affordable
  • Optional keyboard case is decent
  • Cons

  • Only 3 gigs of RAM
  • Fire OS is often a hindrance
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    The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a great alternative to the premium Samsung tablets on this list. With an older Snapdragon chipset, the P12 can’t compete with the Tab S8 family on raw horsepower, but the Lenovo tablet has excellent build quality and a 1600p, 120Hz, OLED display that’s fantastic for watching video or playing games. It’s also not running One UI over Android, if that’s a pain point for you in Samsung tablets.

    The Tab P12 Pro might not be the most practical option on this list, but it’s got great hardware and a close-to-stock UI experience — two things that don’t typically go together in Android tablets.

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  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Storage: 128, 256 GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Memory: 6, 8 GB
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • Battery: 10200mAh
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 12.6″ 2K (2560 x 1600) OLED
  • Price: $699
  • Measurements: 285.6 x 184.5 x 5.6 mm
  • Pros

  • Solid hardware
  • 1600p, 120Hz OLED display
  • In line to get Android 12L (and currently eligible for the beta)
  • Cons

  • Pricey
  • Productivity features aren’t great
  • Stylus isn’t up to Samsung’s quality
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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a refreshed version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 that we liked quite a bit in late 2020. For the same $230 MSRP, you’re getting an updated design and a Unisoc processor that’s a bit faster than the low-end Snapdragon found in the previous generation. Equally interesting, though, is that you can get upgraded versions that have four gigs of RAM and up to 128 gigs of storage.

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  • Storage: 32, 64, 128 GB
  • CPU: Unisoc Tiger T618
  • Memory: 3 or 4 GB
  • Battery: Up to 9h
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.5″ 1920 x 1200
  • Price: Starting at $230
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Pros

  • 1200p display
  • Updated design over the Tab A7
  • Optional upgrades to more RAM and storage
  • Cons

  • No fingerprint sensor
  • 32 gigs of storage on the base model is limiting
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    Looking for a no-frills Android tablet for couch duty or to give an older kid? The Nokia T20 could fit the bill. The $250 slate offers adequate performance and great battery life, and Nokia promises security patches for a full three years, ending in November 2024. Time will tell if it honors that commitment, but the T20 is yet to fall too far behind on monthly updates and even got an update to Android 12 last fall. Its display and speakers aren’t anything to get excited about, but at this price, they don’t really need to be. It’s a very okay experience at a very okay price.

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  • Storage: 64GB, expandable by MicroSD
  • CPU: Unisoc T610
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Operating System: Android 12
  • Battery: 8,200 mAh
  • Ports: USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.4″ 1080p IPS LCD
  • Price: $250
  • Size: 9.75 x 6.2 x 0.31″
  • Pros

  • Stock Android is familiar and easy to use
  • Admirable update commitment
  • Strong battery life
  • Cons

  • Performance is sometimes jittery
  • Screen’s not great
  • Crummy speakers
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    The newest Amazon Fire 7 isn’t an exceptional tablet on its face; it’s slow and feels conspicuously cheap. But those downsides are mitigated by the fact that the tablet is cheap. You can pick one up for $60 at MSRP, and it’s been on sale for $45 or less several times already. Trying to use this tablet for anything productive is an exercise in frustration, and even recreational tasks like gaming are hit-or-miss, but if you just need to goof around on Facebook and read the news, the Fire 7 is an eminently affordable way to do those things.

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  • Storage: 16 or 32 GB
  • CPU: MediaTek MT8168
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Battery: Up to 10h
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 2MP, 2MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 7″ 1024 x 600
  • Price: Starting at $60
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Pros

  • Extremely inexpensive
  • Decent battery life
  • Cons

  • Slow performance
  • Play Store not installed by default
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    The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 doesn’t run Android, but being a ChromeOS device, it can run Android apps. The tablet’s 11″, 2K display is sharp and just the right size for casual tablet use. The Duet 3 also comes with a detachable keyboard cover for doing more laptop-like tasks, which is something ChromeOS excels at. Its Snapdragon chipset provides ample horsepower for light-duty work, too.

    However, the detachable keyboard design makes using the Duet 3 in your lap a hassle, and its touchpad has too much drag to use comfortably for long periods of time. But if that all sounds good to you, the Duet 3 is a fine tablet for running Android apps.

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  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4X
  • Operating System: ChromeOS
  • Battery: “Up to 12 hours”
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 8MP, 5MP
  • Display (Size, Resolution): 10.9″ 2000 x 1200 IPS
  • Price: $379
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1
  • Pros

  • Sharp, 2K display
  • Very portable
  • Long battery life
  • Cons

  • Hard to use on your lap
  • Crummy track pad
  • Not especially powerful
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    The Onyx Boox Tab Ultra is an Android tablet with a 10.3-inch E Ink display, making it a fantastic option for reading, but a non-starter for many normal tablet use cases like watching videos or playing games. However, it’s bundled with a stylus and a good option for note-takers. You can also grab an optional keyboard case for an additional $109. Unlike some of Onyx’s Boox tablets, the Tab Ultra has access to the Play Store, where you can download e-reader apps like Kindle and Kobo.

    At a starting price of $600, the Tab Ultra is decidedly not for everyone. Performance out of the tablet’s Snapdragon 662 chipset and four gigs of RAM is solid but not spectacular, and the tablet’s E Ink display can make it feel even slower. But if your tablet use primarily comes down to reading and writing with a side of audio streaming, and you want a big, high-res screen to do it all on, this could be an appealing pick.

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  • Screen Size: E Ink Carta, 10.3 inches, 256 shades of gray
  • Resolution: 1872×1404
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Brand: Onyx
  • Processor: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, 2GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Audio: 2 speakers, 2 microphones
  • Supported formats: TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2,, DOC, DOCX, PRC, MOBI, CHM, EPUB, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, PDF, DjVu, MP3, WAV, CBR, CBZ
  • Battery: 6300mAh
  • OS: Android 11
  • Weight: 480g
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dimensions: 225 × 184.5 × 6.7 mm
  • Camera: 16MP
  • Color: Black
  • Ports: USB Type-C with OTG support
  • Pros

  • E Ink display is fantastic for reading
  • Strong battery life
  • Keyboard and stylus support
  • Cons

  • Pricey
  • Heavier than many similar options
  • Android on E Ink isn’t a perfect experience
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    The best Android tablet for you

    It may seem strange that Samsung’s getting so much representation here, but the company really does make great tablets. The Galaxy Tab S8+ is an excellent place to start your search for your next Android slate. It’s well built, as fast as you could want an Android tablet to be, it’s got a great display, and it’s set to receive Android updates into 2026 (plus security updates for a year longer), so you shouldn’t have any trouble making the Tab S8+ last.

    The Tab S8 Ultra has all the features in the Tab S8+, but it’s bigger and includes more goodies. It has the same excellent build quality and the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that powers some of the best Android phones. But with a 14.6-inch display, it’s positively enormous and big enough to multitask with ease. Its giant display is a 120Hz OLED panel, too, so movies look great on it. And you can get the thing with up to 16 gigs of RAM and half a terabyte of storage, which means, combined with Samsung’s excellent update track record, you should have a great tablet experience for years to come. If you want Samsung’s quality at a lower price, check out the Galaxy Tab A8; it constantly gets sales and has a decent screen.

    If you’re after something less pricey (or less Samsung), Amazon’s Fire HD 10 will be worth a look. It’s not nearly as premium or powerful as our top picks from Samsung, but it starts at a much more palatable $150. And, if you need something really affordable, the Fire 7 costs $60. Just don’t expect either tablet to handle heavy-duty tasks. The Fire line is more about consumption than productivity, but the warranties are good, and the devices are great for kids. The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, meanwhile, is a higher-end Android option without Samsung’s One UI. It’s not as quick as Samsung’s tablets, but it’s also not as expensive.

    The Onyx Boox Tab Ultra has an E Ink display, making it a great option if you mostly want a tablet to read on — though its high price may give you pause. If you’re looking for a Chrome OS-powered tablet (they do run Android apps, after all), check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3. It has a good display and comes bundled with a high-quality keyboard case, all for a very fair $379.

    Conclusion on Best Android tablets in 2023

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