Finding the Best 8-Inch Tablets

Last Updated: January 7, 2017 by

The best 8-inch tablets

Welcome to our guide to the best 8-inch tablets available online based on reviews, consumer feedback and sales volume.

A more modern variation in tablet size, 8-inch tablets are popular among users who prefer a larger screen that’s still more comfortable to hold than traditional slate tablets. With the popularity of 7-inch tablets and 10-inch tablets it’s easy to ignore the lucky number eight. At one time, 8-inch tablets were rare, however today they have wowed consumers and experts alike and have risen in popularity. Many also prefer the size of an 8-inch display, being a comfortable medium between the more popular smaller and larger size displays. That’s why we have created this list of the best 8-inch tablets so you can choose the one that is right for you.

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Best 8-Inch Tablets – Top Picks

These top picks have been curated out of dozens of popular tablets at leading retailers for their performance, attention to detail and value for money.
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Apple iPad mini 4

If you already own an iPad Mini 3, there isn’t any compelling reason to upgrade to the Mini 4. However, users looking for a compact 8-inch tablet and those still using the original Mini will be happy with what the Mini 4 brings to the tablet. Sporting an all-metal aluminum build, the Mini 4 has the same look and feel of the original, although it is a tad thinner and lighter at 0.65 pounds. There is also a fingerprint sensor built into the Home button for advanced authentication. More significant changes can be observed in benchmarks thanks to the new A8 chip inside which is a lot faster than the old A5 chip. The A8-powered Mini 4 doesn’t experience any crashes or lag in everyday use but in heavy-duty tasks it lags behind the A9 powered iPhone 6S and even the A8X powered iPad Air 2. The base model comes with just 16GB of storage, and since the Apple doesn’t include microSD card slot, if you plan on downloading tons of apps, the 64GB version is recommended. The tablet’s 7.9-inch 2048 x 1436 pixel display is the same one used on the Mini 2 and Mini 3. With a pixel density of 326 ppi, everything on the screen looks very sharp and bright, and the screen size is ideal for e-book reading. Apple claims the Mini 4 lasts for 10 hours on battery, which means you will rarely need to charge twice in a day.

Specs

  • Apple A8, Typhoon ARMv8-A, 64-bit
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • 0.65 lbs

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Sturdy all-metal design
  • Fast processor
  • Useful multi-tasking

Cons

  • Pricier than Android alternatives
  • Bigger iPads offer more features

Summary

Featuring a high-resolution screen, slim design and a faster A8 processor, the Mini 4 offers a superior mini tablet experience for those who don’t mind spending a little extra.

Apple iPad mini 4 (64GB, Gold)
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Dell Venue 8 7840

The Dell Venue 8 7000 wins top spot as the best looking tablet of 2015 thanks to its paper-thin profile and premium build with a matte aluminum gunmetal finish. Its slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 but a little heavier due to its metallic construction, and its exterior looks and feels more premium than the iPad Mini. On the back, there are three cameras – one on the bottom, and two RealSense depth-sensing cameras right above it. This 3D camera setup along with built-in image editing features makes the Venue 8 7000 one of the strongest contenders for tablet photography, but, despite a sophisticated camera tech, the photos taken aren’t as good one might expect. Its 8.4-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,560 × 1,600 pixel and a pixel density of 361 ppi produces color rich images and sharp text. It is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core processor, sufficient for all kinds of apps including graphic intensive Android games. Despite 2GB of RAM, some users experienced lags while taking pictures and navigating menus on the Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system, although issue is probably software related to be resolved by the upcoming Lollipop update. It has a decent 6 hours of battery life, but if you need higher endurance the Tab S 8.4 might be a better choice.

Specs

  • Intel Intel Atom Z3580 2.3 GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD up to 512 GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8.4 Inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 0.67 lbs

Pros

  • Thin and light design
  • Sharp screen
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Loud Front Facing speakers

Cons

  • Photo quality isn't the best
  • Experiences slight delay at times

Summary

As Dell’s best tablet yet, the Venue 8 7840 features an ultra-thin aluminum casing, strong Intel powered performance and a bloatware free software experience.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

The Tab S2 8 is Samsung’s latest high-end tablet which has undertaken a different design approach by focusing on a more premium look than the dimpled plastic casing of its predecessors. Its glass covered front and matte finished metallic frame with curved edges resembles the look of the latest Samsung smartphones like the Note 5 and Galaxy S6. Weighing 0.58 pounds and measuring just 0.22 inches thick, it is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor but also than its closest competitors like the Nexus 9 and iPad Mini 3. The bottom of the S2 has dual stereo speakers and the micro USB port. The right side of the tablet has the volume rocker, power button and a microSD slot that can support a 128 GB card. Centered on the top of the back cover, is an 8 MP camera that takes surprisingly good shots with sufficient lighting. For its display, it uses the same AMOLED display on its predecessor. The 8-inch display has a resolution of 2048 x 1538 packing 320 pixels per inch to deliver super sharp visuals. Packing a powerful ‘Octa-Core Exynos 5433 processor and 3GB of RAM, the Tab S2 is a beast of a tablet that will slice through the latest high-end games or demanding apps without so much as a stutter. It runs Android 5.02 Lollipop which is preloaded with useful Samsung features like multi-window support for multitasking, SideSync for controlling Samsung devices via Wi-Fi and QuickConnect to stream content just like Chromecast. As for its battery life, it is close to the battery life of the iPad Mini, although even the cheaper Zenpad S 8.0 outlasted the Tab S2’s 5.5 hours of screen on time at maximum brightness. All in all, if you want the best 8-inch tablet, the beautiful and blazing fast S2 should be on the top of your list.

Specs

  • 1.3 GHz octa-core Exynos 5433
  • 3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8 Inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.58 lbs

Pros

  • Premium look
  • Thin profile
  • Sharp screen
  • Fast processor

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life is
  • Pricier than competitors

Summary

Other than the relatively short battery life, the Tab S2 is a complete premium package packing serious performance inside a thin metal frame with an assortment of useful Samsung software.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0″ (32GB, Black)
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Nvidia Shield K-1-8.0

NVIDIA Shield K1 Tablet

The original Shield tablet was a powerful Android gaming machine but it was marred by an overheating issue. Its exclusive software suite failed to impress many users who went for cheaper alternatives with stock Android and similar specs. The new Shield K1 tablet features upgraded hardware and its battery lasts longer and stays cooler than the original. Furthermore, it costs only $199 without the controller. Its 8-inch Full-HD IPS display is clear and sharp and it’s certainly one of the best screens you’ll get at this price. On the surface, it’s identical to its predecessor or any other mid-range tablet of today. At 0.8 pounds, it is slightly heavier than the Nexus 7 because of the 1-inch size difference and the extra thermal shield inside for heat dissipation. The shiny logo and glossy edges on the original Shield has been replaced by matte finished surfaces. The tablet has excellent sounding front-facing stereo speakers and its ports include Mini HDMI, MicroSD card slot and Micro USB. The major component of the tablet is the 2.2GHz Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor featuring 92 CUDA cores along with 2GB of RAM. The Shield K1, as expected, scored higher than other top-tier tablets like the iPad Mini 4 and Tab S2. Out of the box, the tablet runs a clean version of Android 5.1.1, but now the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is available for OTA update.

Specs

  • Nvidia 2.2 GHz Tegra K1
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1920 X 1080 pixels (IPS)

Pros

  • Preloaded and selectable sRGB color profile
  • Full-HD display
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Excellent gaming performance,

Cons

  • Casing bezel susceptible for scratches
  • slightly heavier than competitors

Summary

For a mid-range price, NVIDIA has produced a powerful Android gaming Tablet with an advanced processor and graphics that won’t become obsolete anytime soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active SM-T360 8-inch tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active SM-T360 8-inch

Devices built especially for the extreme outdoors might have been popular a while back but nowadays, many people are choosing to compromise on functionality and go for an attractive device, rather than an unwieldy work-issued clunker. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active however, a professional needs not worry about giving up his enterprise needs for looks because this tablet achieves just the right balance. Sporting an attractive industrial design with a sturdy and textured plastic build, the Galaxy Tab Active is as handsome as it is solid. According to Samsung, the device features shock and drop protection that is able to withstand drops of 3 feet and a temperature tolerance of -4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. We can go on and on about the Galaxy Active’s unique design, but let’s move on to the 8-inch display; an LCD panel with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. The 189-ppi density is acceptable considering the price and Samsung’s target market, but for a tablet built for the outdoors, its brightness is below par. The Galaxy Tab Active ships with Android 4.4, and Samsung has intentionally kept its Touchwiz UI customization and unrequired bloatware to a minimum. The result is a largely untouched software interface that goes well with the mid-range 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8026 CPU and 1.5GB of RAM to make a reasonably zippy device. Even intensive productivity apps and games run smoothly, save for slight delays when you open a new application. Over the years, Samsung has repeatedly boasted its imaging prowess, but none of that is evident with the Galaxy Tab Active’s cameras, both of which are poor by any standard. On the flip side, the battery matches up to its enterprise standards, and according to Samsung, users can squeeze out a good 18 hours of normal usage away from the power outlet.

Specs

  • Snapdragon Snapdragon 400 1.20 GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: Up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 3.1MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.87 lbs

Pros

  • Rugged design
  • Long battery life
  • Can be used with work gloves

Cons

  • No cellular connectivity
  • Relatively low performance

Summary

The rugged design of the Galaxy Tab Active makes it ideal for mobile users working in less than ideal environments.

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ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA-C1

While most high-end tablets cost more than a mid-range laptop, the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA-C1 includes premium components for only $299. This 6.6mm thick tablet has a brushed metal back cover with a metallic lining along the edge for a classy look, easily rivaling the design of its more expensive competitors. At the bottom, soft rubbery material is used to provide a strong grip while holding the tablet in landscape orientation. The tablet has dual front-facing stereo speakers producing loud and clear audio while playing games, watching movies or listening to music. The tablet’s 8-inch display has a 4:3 aspect ratio which offers a wider viewing area than a 16:9 ratio display. While the tablet is easy to hold in one hand, it can be difficult to reach the power button, but the double tap to wake feature takes care of that inconvenience. The IPS panel has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 with a pixel density of 320 ppi. This is a high quality display with excellent viewing angles, accurate color reproductions and high sharpness. The Tab S 8.0 is powered by an Intel ATOM Z3580 Quad-Core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and a PowerVR G6430 GPU. There is also a lower end version with a slower processor and 2GB of RAM, which costs $100 less. This higher end model handles everything from basic menu navigation, multitasking to 3D gaming smoothly. On the software department, it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop customized by ASUS’s Zen UI. For the most part, the operating system looks minimalistic and the operation fluidity is close to a stock Android experience. The battery life of the tablet is over 6 hours, but it can last all day if you refrain from watching videos all day at maximum brightness.

Specs

  • Intel 2.3 GHz Atom Z3580 Quad-Core
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8 Inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.66 lbs

Pros

  • Slim design
  • High resolution display
  • Smooth performance
  • Dual front speakers
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Bloatware
  • Mediocre battery life

Summary

The affordable price coupled with a premium design and impressive hardware makes it easy to forgive Zenpad S 8’s bloatware and mediocre battery life.

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More 8-Inch Tablets

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-Inch

Just like its predecessor, the Yoga Tab 3 features a cylindrical, giving it a unique and characteristic look. This spine houses most of the internals like the battery, speakers, and camera. The spine makes the tablet easy to hold in one hand, and it also incorporates a kickstand that allows the tablet to sit upright. The performance on the tablet is not great; the Snapdragon 212 is entry level, and 1GB of RAM is not much for multitasking. However, it still performs in light games like Angry Birds, and normal day use like web browsing and video playback. The 8-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel screen is bright, with accurate colors and wide viewing angles. Combine this with the kickstand and loud stereo speakers, and you quickly realize this device was made for media consumption. Retaining the same swivel camera design, Lenovo used a single 8MP camera that rotates around, negating the need for a second, usually worse, front camera. The camera performs well in bright situations but struggles in dim light. To top it all off, Lenovo fit a massive 6200mAh battery in the spine, which allows up to 15 hours of continued use. Other tablets can only dream of beating the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 in a marathon.

Specs

  • Snapdragon 1.3 GHz Qualcomm® APQ8009 [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Rear 8MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.03 lbs

Pros

  • Innovative design
  • Decent camera
  • Clear audio
  • Exceptionally long battery life

Cons

  • Heavier than other 8-inch tablets
  • Now a power device for gaming and multitasking

Summary

Due to its innovative design and industry leading battery life, the Yoga 3 is a better option than many similarly price 8-inch tablets- most of which only come with standard features.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch
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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 features an improved kickstand design which supports multiple viewing modes including stand, tilt and portrait. At first, the cylindrical hinge makes it look odd and less portable compared to other super thin tablets on the market these days, but in use it isn’t uncomfortable at all and its sturdily built to prevent the kickstand from breaking easily. Though mostly made of plastic, with a smooth coating and brushed silver finish, its design feels quite premium. It’s 1920 x 1200 resolution display produces sharp images, although its color accuracy isn’t on par with many of the best tablets in the market. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, which is mostly stock with only a few minor UI modifications from Lenovo. All the latest games and apps should run smoothly thanks to a 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. Like the cameras on most slates, the Yoga tablet 2’s camera is only good for casual snaps. Though heavier than other 8-inch tablet, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is more compelling due to its excellent performance, loud audio and longer battery life than most of its competitors.

Specs

  • Intel Atom Z3745 processor (1.33GHz 1066GHz 2MB)
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: Micro SD
  • Cameras: Front 1.6MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8 Inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.92 lbs

Pros

  • Multi-mode design
  • Full-HD display
  • Long battery life
  • Powerful speakers

Cons

  • Relatively heavy
  • Poor camera

Summary

The reasonably priced Yoga tablet possesses a unique kickstand design and powerful front-speakers, and its battery life outlasts all of its competitors.

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Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840FHD-197C

Acer is one of the few tablet manufacturers have managed to hit the nail in the head when it comes to making well-priced devices that offer good value in the spec versus dollar mathematics, and the Iconia A1-840 offers very clear proof of this. Differing from the usual boring plastic that is common with reasonably-priced devices, this tablet has a high-quality aluminum design that gives it a premium look and a very good feel. The front panel features an 8-inch IPS display with a generous resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. Colors are very accurate and the sharpness is impressive. Moreover, its high brightness level and good viewing-angle stability makes the Iconia very suitable for outdoor use. Acer outfitted the Iconia Tab 8 with Android 4.4.2, which is undoubtedly a couple of ages behind the latest Android release. Thankfully, you get a comprehensive range of apps including Google’s bundle of Maps, Drive, Google+, Chrome and Gmail, as well as the ASTRO File Manager and Acer cloud connection. Otherwise, the interface remains fairly untouched and the Android experience is relatively enjoyable. Equipped with a quad-core 1.3GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 is no slouch. Even the integrated Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) GPU performs well with current Android games. Out of the 16GB internal storage onboard, only 9GB is available for versatile use, but is expandable with microSD cards. The all-day battery life doesn’t need expanding however, and this is in part thanks to the energy-efficient Intel Atom CPU.

Specs

  • Intel Intel Atom Processor Quad-Core Z3735 [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1920 X 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.78 lbs

Pros

  • High-quality aluminum design
  • Sharp Full-HD display
  • Reliable performance
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Outdated Android version
  • Low internal storage

Summary

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 gets a lot of things right and because of this, it comes highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced Android tablet and can find a way to live with its few shortcomings.

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iPad Mini 2

For those looking for a great iPad experience on a tight budget, the Mini 2 ME276LL/A now with a reduced price, will save you a lot of money. While it lacks the speed and the fingerprint reader of the Mini 4, it offers the same metallic design and high resolution screen as well as enough power to satisfy any basic users. The Mini 2 features a stunning all-metal aluminum design that is unmatched by any of its Android rivals. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is one of the few Android tablets that comes close to mimicking its elegant look and feel. With slim bezels and a thin body, it is comfortable to hold in one hand despite a relatively wider 7.9-inch display. The Mini 2 has a gorgeous 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution display with excellent brightness, color accuracy and viewing angles. The 4:3 aspect ratio feels more natural while reading, giving the iPad Mini an edge over other 7 or 8-inch tablets. The tablet is powered by a dated but still adequate A7 64-bit processor backed by 1GB RAM. It can handle most of the applications and games currently on the app store. However, if you are a power user who wants a more future proof device, the iPad Mini 4 or Air 2 with the newer A8 and A8X chips offer a significant performance boost. Overall, the iPad mini 2 offers a premium iOS experience on a compact package for an affordable price.

Specs

  • Apple A7, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 1.2MP
  • 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 7
  • 0.72 lbs

Pros

  • High-resolution Retina display
  • Fast processor
  • Great battery life
  • Sturdy metallic design

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Android alternatives are cheaper

Summary

While there are some strong Android competitors, the iPad mini 2, now available at a lower price, is the best value iPad thanks to its great screen, stable performance and robust design.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZWAXAR 8-Inch

The Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZWAXAR is Samsung’s latest 8-inch tablet featuring a refreshed design, powerful internal hardware and a longer battery life than the Galaxy Tab 4. With a 4:3 aspect ratio its display has a wider viewing area than a typical 8-inch display, which is preferable for users who spend a lot of time on ebooks and browsers on their tablets. However, the screen only has a 1,024×768-pixel resolution so the text can appear slightly pixelated, though not hard to read. On the plus side videos look sharp and clear. Like other Samsung devices, it’s made of plastic exuding a cheap feel, but its look is trendy thanks to its slim and lightweight construction. The edges are rounded and the back panel is smoothed out for a comfortable grip. It runs the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 customized by Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. The modified UI adds a bunch of useful features for easy navigation including multi-window function. It also comes bundled with Microsoft Office Package – a useful addition for productivity users. The Tab A is equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of Storage with a microSD card slot expandable up to 128GB. Although not a beast, it can still sail through everyday tasks like email, web browsing, video streaming and basic mobile gaming. On a full charge, its battery lasts up to 13 hours or more depending on your usage. If you want an everyday tablet with an exceptional battery life without breaking the bank, the Tab A SM-T350NZWAXAR is among our top recommendations.

Specs

  • Samsung Quad Core Processor 1.2 GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.69 lbs

Pros

  • 4:3 screen aspect ratio
  • Slim design
  • Snappy performance
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Plastic construction feels non-premium
  • Audio sounds weak

Summary

High on aesthetics but low on power, the Tab A combines premium Samsung design with mid-range hardware for budget users looking for smooth day-to-day performance and extra software features than standard tablets.

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ASUS Z380M-A2-GR Zenpad 8

The ASUS Z380M-A2-GR Zenpad 8 is yet another budget-friendly tablet that pushes the cost as low as it can by striking a commendable balance with design, performance and efficiency. It might be made entirely of plastic, but it still manages a slick and modern look due to its decorative polished metallic frame coating. The casing has rounded corners and soft-touch finish over a subtle crisscross pattern that make the tablet a pleasure to hold. Up and running, the device offers an 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display with LED backlighting. You won’t get the color reproduction and sharpness that is native to higher-resolution panels but the brightness is sufficient and the viewing angles are wide enough. The MeMO Pad 8 comes loaded with Android 6 Marshmallow, which is well supplemented by the popular Zen UI. The custom UI doesn’t interfere with any Android basics, but it adds a modern graphics design and a customized list of quick settings. The Android experience is nothing but exceptional, thanks to proper software optimization and a suite of preloaded apps, most of which are quite useful. Powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8163 Quad-Core CPU and 2GB of RAM, basic tablet functionality is fairly smooth. Light to moderate gaming is also handled well, although you can expect stuttering when you subject it to more graphically-intensive titles. 16GB internal storage space and a 5-megapixel rear camera fit comfortably with the Zenpad’s price, but we were rather surprised with the battery life, which lasted a good 8 hours.

Specs

  • Mediatek MTK 8163 Quad-Core 1.3GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD Slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.8 lbs

Pros

  • Strong and solid construction
  • Bright HD screen
  • Enjoyable software experience
  • Impressive battery life

Cons

  • Modest performance
  • Average camera quality

Summary

Despite its downsides, the Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M is well-built and offers a very joyful Android experience for the casual user at a friendly price.

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LG G Pad 8.3 V500 8.3-inch

LG G Pad 8.3 V500

The LG G Pad 8.3 is made from a mix of metal, glass, and plastic. This keeps it fairly affordable while retaining the premium feel of a high-end tablet. The 8.3-inch display packs in 1920 x 1200 pixels; images look sharp, and image quality is high due to the use of an IPS panel. Backing up the screen for multimedia purposes, the stereo speakers sound great, though we wish they were front-facing. It runs Android Jelly Bean, but is upgradeable to Lollipop, with the same interface found on other LG tablets. The interface is highly customizable, and features like multi-window work especially well on the large screen. Packing a Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, the tablet’s performance is not stellar, but it is no slouch either. The interface is smooth, app-switching is fairly fast, and even newer games run well, albeit on reduced settings. Being a mid-range tablet, the cameras are not great, but the pictures the look rather good considering the hardware. The battery puts in a solid performance, however, lasting up to 7 hours during constant video playback.

Specs

  • Snapdragon Qualcomm APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600 [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8.3 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3 lbs

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Sturdy build
  • Great display
  • Expandable storage
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • Middling camera
  • No cellular connectivity

Summary

The LG G Pad 8.3’s fast performance, great design, and dazzling display come at the right price to make it one of the best value tablets you can buy.

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LG G Pad II 8.0 LGV498 8-inch tablet

LG G Pad II 8.0 LGV498

Users did not like the lack of cellular connectivity on LG’s previous G Pad. However, that was fixed on the G Pad II 8.0, along with some other upgrades. It reserves the same look as its predecessor, with its matte-black plastic. One notable difference is the full-size USB port found at the top that allows connecting a wide range of peripherals. The 1280 x 800 IPS display is bright, colorful, and allows wide viewing angles. Though it cannot compare to the true blacks and sharpness on recent AMOLED and QHD displays. LG did a commendable job tweaking Android while keeping it fairly stock. Optimus UI is easy to use and allows personalization, and the few added apps prove to be supremely useful. Like Knock Code which allows you to unlock the screen with a tap sequence, even when the screen is off, and QPair which allows you to receive notifications and calls on other synced devices. It also packs a large battery for all-day use. However, this usefulness is often hindered by the tablets subpar performance; the Snapdragon 400 backed by 1GB RAM will not be winning any awards. The cameras also don’t take great photos and most users will probably never use them.

Specs

  • Snapdragon Qualcomm MSM8926 1.2GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: up to 128 GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.9 lbs

Pros

  • Stylus functionality
  • Full-size USB port
  • User-friendly Optimus UI
  • Free 100GB cloud storage
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Cumbersome
  • Poor quality display
  • Average performance

Summary

If you are looking to buy a cheap tablet, the G Pad II 8.0 is a worthy and solid choice that will allow you to accomplish light tasks on the go.

LG G Pad II 8.0 LGV498 8-inch
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(as of 16-01-2017 21:29 UTC) Details

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Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 is not as powerful or feature packed as the latest iPads or Samsung Galaxy Tabs, but for under $150, it offers everything that a basic tablet user needs. While the previous model sported an angled back cover, the new Fire HD has a smooth metal back coated in plastic and available in a variety of colors. The overall look is sleek and the construction is very rigid, but the glossy back is a fingerprint magnet. The screen on this device is an 8-inch IPS panel with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution packing 189 pixels per inch. While not as sharp as the Full-HD panels on pricier alternatives, this display is good enough to view most content clearly. In fact, the pictures and texts appear sharper on this device than on the 10-inch display of the Fire HD 10 which has the same resolution but lower pixels per inch. The Fire HD 8 runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and delivers a smooth overall experience. On benchmarks it scored even higher than the Zenpad S 8. However, with only 1GB of RAM, slowdowns are expected when multitasking. In its default configuration, it comes with only 8GB of storage which may be insufficient, though there’s a microSD card for expansion. The customized 16GB model can be purchased for $20 more. In Cnet’s battery test, the Fire HD 8 lasted a solid 5 hours 44 minutes with continuous video streaming at max brightness, which is longer than iPad Mini 4. While it doesn’t have any top-of the line specs, the Fire HD 8 offers easy access to contents in a compact, inexpensive slate, and it’s a class above your typical budget tablet.

  • Almost 2x more durable than the latest iPad Mini
  • 8″ HD display with over a million pixels (189 ppi / 1280 x 800)
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz. Rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera.
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage.
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices.
  • Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Updated user interface – Fire OS 5

Specs

  • Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD
  • Cameras: Front 1MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • 0.68 lbs

Pros

  • Bright screen
  • Attractive cover options
  • Loud speakers
  • Fast day-to-day performance

Cons

  • Plastic design feels cheap
  • Mediocre gaming performance

Summary

The Fire HD 8 is a reasonable buy if you are an existing Amazon user looking for an easy way to access all the content on your Amazon library. Otherwise, there are many alternatives with better performance and design.

Fire HD 8
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(as of 16-01-2017 21:21 UTC) Details

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Lenovo Tab3 A8

The Lenovo Tab3 A8 is the larger of the two in their new cheap and family friendly tablet line. The design is strictly functional, with a plastic build. This is to be expected due to its budget nature, however, it still feels solid with a good build quality, and it is splash proof as well. The 1280 x 800 resolution on the 8-inch screen makes images look a little fuzzy, but nothing deal-breaking, as it offers a pleasing viewing experience for the price. There is auto-brightness adjust as well, which is not usually found on budget tablets. Mediatek is the route LG chose to go for the processor, packing a 1.0GHz Quad-core processor, backed by 1GB of RAM. The tablet is responsive, and the interface is snappy, but again, nothing record breaking. 16GB is a bit lacking in terms of storage. However, this is supplemented by the card slot. LG created the device with family use in mind, and hence, Android Marshmallow has been customized to allow multiple users with easy switching via a swipe-down menu. A Kids’ mode is available as well with a slew of parental controls, making the device child-friendly. You get standard 5MP and 2MP cameras at the back and front respectively, and a large 4290mAh battery for extended use.

Specs

  • Mediatek MediaTek MT8161P
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 2MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 0.73 lbs

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good performance-to-price ratio
  • Expandable storage
  • Child friendly
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Lacking in power

Summary

The Lenovo Tab3 A8 is cheap with a lot of great features, but its multiple-user features make it especially useful as a family device.

Lenovo TAB3 A8 8-Inch
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(as of 16-01-2017 21:32 UTC) Details

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (8-inch)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

2014 was a good year for tables because it saw the release of the first true budget tablets, which offered good bang for the buck. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 was one of them, and though it’s been quite some time since it hit the market, it remains a very good choice, particularly for Samsung lovers who are out there looking for a bargain. Looking at the design. The casing is almost entirely plastic, but the build quality is very good and the tablet looks near-premium thanks to its thin chrome-esque bezel and small rounded corners. The 8-inch display sports a modest resolution of 1280×800 pixels, which is acceptable given its budget stature. Regardless, colors are vivid and contrast and viewing angles are all good. It is also nice and bright, but as with all glossy panels, it is rather too reflective for use in the bright outdoors. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a generally fast performer with basic tasks such as email and web browsing as well as light multitasking, thanks to a reasonably capable quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU and 1.5GB of RAM. And speaking of multitasking, Android 4.4, which ships with the Tab 4 comes with the genuinely useful multi-window mode and that is just one of many similarly effective software tweaks. That said, the cameras are nothing close to effective, and both photo and video output is mediocre compared to the quality offered by higher-end Samsung tablets, but they’re still usable for the desperate times. The 16GB expandable internal storage is generous enough, and what’s more? You get to comfortably enjoy your tablet for a full day without the need to recharge.

Specs

  • 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S5
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD expandable to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 3MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (TN)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 0.85 lbs

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Smooth day-to-day performance
  • Nice software tweaks
  • Expandable storage
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Average screen resolution
  • Poor camera quality

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has good build quality, nice user interface and decent performance in its arsenal, and although it is significantly more expensive than most of its budget competitors, it still offers good value for the money.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (8-Inch, Black)
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(as of 16-01-2017 21:32 UTC) Details

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The Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 is designed for basic users looking for a portable Windows 8.1 device to work with on the go. The original Encore WT8-A32 had thick bezels and sported a generic budget tablet look. The Encore 2 brings a much needed design upgrade with a thinner and lighter casing polished with champagne color as an added design touch. The buttons are well-fitted and there’s no flex in the chassis. It has most common ports and connections including USB 2.0, Bluetooth and GPS, but there’s no HDMI port like on the previous model. The speakers at the back are now placed in landscape orientation so that they aren’t easily muffled by the hands. On the rear, there is a 5MP auto-focus camera which, despite the high pixel lens, doesn’t produce very good images The photos taken are generally noisy and lacked in natural color, so you’ll only be using it for casual snaps. Inside, it packs similar hardware to its predecessor. The Intel Z3735F processor has the same 1.33 GHz base frequency as the original Z3740. While this refreshed CPU has helped reduce manufacturing costs, it doesn’t bring any significant performance improvements. Coupled with 2GB of RAM, the quad-core Intel Atom Processor will have no problem running Windows 8.1 and playing HD videos or opening multiple tabs on your browser. The 64GB storage is probably the highest amount of space you’ll get at this price. The Encore 2 also features a 1280×800 IPS display with 10-point multi-touch support. Although there are competitors with higher pixel screens,the difference may not be obvious in daily use unless watching videos or playing games.

  • 8-Inch HD TruBrite Display
  • Intel Atom Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz)
  • 64 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
  • Windows 8.1


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Toshiba Encore WT8-A32

Our best 8-inch tablet list is already filled with lots of Windows 8 devices and comparatively the Toshiba Encore isn’t extraordinary in most aspects. In the performance department it is neck-in-neck with the competition. It uses an Atom Z3740 processor and 2GB of RAM, the same combination as the Iconia W4, Mixx 2 and Venue 8 Pro. However, the Encore does offer some useful perks like a microSD slot, micro HDMI and its average battery life of nearly 9 hours beats many top contenders. On the downside, its bulky design doesn’t look or feel best in class compared to its slimmer rivals. If price is of no issue and design is of concern, we suggest you take a look at the more expensive tablets on our list, though overall with a lower price tag and great features the Encore has much to offer despite some trade-offs.

  • Windows 8.1, 8.0-inch 1280×800 IPS Display, 5-Point Multitouch
  • Intel Atom Z3740 Quad-Core 1.86 GHz Processor, 32 GB
  • Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, 3-axis Accelerometer, Haptics, Digital Compass, GPS
Toshiba Encore WT8-A32
from $266.99 Read Reviews Order Now
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(as of 14-11-2016 14:15 UTC) Details

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Conclusion

These are our hand selected premium 8-inch tablets available as you hunt for the ultimate deal – not even taking into account the best 7-inch tablets and the best 10-inch tablets – but, at the end of the day, your number one will depend on what you value in a tablet and the type of user that you are. The Samsung Galaxy is a top notch all around tablet with great features and a slick design to boot. If consuming media is what you’re all about then the Kindle HD or Kindle HDX are great options with easy links to Amazon’s vast array of content. On the other side of the coin, business and productivity users may need to look no further than the Dell Venue, which offers Windows 8 in dynamite package.

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