The best tablets you can buy right now

Indian e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart have started their annual sales, offering huge discounts on many popular smartphones and other electronics like earbuds, headphones, smartwatches and tablets. If you’re looking to buy a tablet, here are some of the best deals you can get during the Amazon Great Indian Festival and Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale.

Launched earlier this year, the Xiaomi Pad 6 (Review) is one of the most value-for-money tablets in the mid-range segment. Powered by the Snapdragon 870 chipset, the device comes with an 11-inch IPS LCD screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz and Dolby Vision support.

The Wi-Fi-only tablet runs MIUI 14 f based on Android 13 out of the box and comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The Xiaomi Pad 6 comes with a quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos and an 8,840mAh battery that can be charged at 33W.

The tablet comes with an 11-inch LCD screen. (Express Photo)

However, the Xiaomi Pad 6 lacks a fingerprint scanner. If you’re looking for a tablet to watch movies, browse the Internet, play games, and get some work done, but are on a budget, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is an easy recommendation for the reasonable price.

The base variant of the device, which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, is available for Rs 23,998 without bank offer, but if you can spend a little more, we recommend you go with the 8GB+256GB variant , which can be purchased for Rs. 25,998.

Apple iPad (9th generation)

Are you looking for a cheap iPad to browse the Internet or watch content on the go? iPad 9th Gen can be a good option. Featuring the A13 Bionic, a chipset that originally appeared on the iPhone 11, the 9th generation iPad comes with a 10.2-inch IPS LCD screen and runs on iOS 15 out of the box.

The device has a 12MP selfie camera which is good enough for video calling and an 8MP rear camera for taking pictures on the go. However, internal storage is on the low end and the iPad doesn’t support microSD cards, so it might not be the best choice if you want to install apps and play games.

The iPad 9th generation comes with an old-school home button. (Express Photo)

Although it’s not the fastest or best value for money tablet, if you’re looking for a cheap Apple device, the 9th generation iPad could be a good choice. The 64GB Wi-Fi-only variant of the device can be purchased from Flipkart for Rs 25,999, there was no offer till the time of writing the news.

Lenovo Tab P12

Launched earlier this year, the Lenovo Tab P12 (Review) is a mid-range tablet that comes with a 3K 12.7-inch LCD screen. Running near-stock Android 13 out of the box, the device is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 7050 chipset, which is slightly slower than the Snapdragon 778.

On the rear, you get an 8MP camera that can record videos in 4K at 30fps while on the front of the tablet, there is a 13MP ultrawide sensor for video calling. Similar to other tablets in the price segment, it features a quad-speaker setup tuned by JBL.

Lenovo Tab P12 comes with a large LCD screen. (Express Photo)

The device is powered by a 10,200mAh battery with 30W fast charging support and comes with a microSD card slot. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the Lenovo Tab P12 is currently available on Amazon for Rs 25,999 without any offer and is one of the best tablets for content consumption and light tasks.

Apple iPad Air M1 (2022)

Launched in March last year, the iPad Air is powered by Apple’s in-house developed M1 chipset, which can be found on devices like the previous generation MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

The tablet comes with a 10.9-inch IPS LCD screen and runs on iPadOS 15.4 out of the box. On the front, the device sports a 12MP camera with ‘centre stage’ support and comes with Touch ID and USB Type-C for charging.

The iPad Air 5th Gen is powered by Apple’s M1 chipset. (Express Photo)

The only downside is that the Apple iPad Air M1 (Review) has 64GB of storage, which may not be enough if you plan on watching movies, playing games, or storing documents. If you can live with the storage space and want a powerful tablet that can easily handle everything you throw at it, the iPad Air M1 is an easy recommendation. The 64GB Wi-Fi-only variant of the iPad Air M1 is available on Amazon for Rs 45,998.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

The Galaxy Tab S8 is one of the fastest Android tablets available right now. Sporting an 11-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy Tab S8 is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

There is a dual camera setup on the back of the device that houses a 13MP primary camera and a 6MP ultrawide lens. It runs on One UI 5.1.1 based on Android 13, which is one of the best custom Android skins for tablets and comes with a quad-speaker setup.

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Samsung will update the Galaxy Tab S8 to Android 16. (Image source: Amazon)

The Galaxy Tab S8 comes with 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage and has a quad-speaker setup tuned by AKG. It’s all powered by an 8,000mAh battery with 45W fast charging support.

If you’re looking for a premium tablet that will last at least a few years and you don’t mind an LCD screen, then the Galaxy Tab S8 is a great deal for you, with its base variant (8GB+128GB) priced at Rs. It is Rs 48,999. Without bank offer.

Disclaimer: Estimated amounts are based on reasonable discounts and bank offers listed by the e-commerce platform. Exchange offers are subject to the working condition of the tablet being traded.

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