Finding the Best 8-Inch Tablets

Last Edited: August 13, 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.

Amazon Fire HD 8 – 32 GB (2017)

Amazon’s 2017 edition of the Fire HD 8 has earned itself a top spot in the bestsellers list on Amazon due to its great value and overall performance. This budget tablet features an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 LCD IPS screen, which many users found to be more than sufficient. However, the folks over at Trusted Reviews have found that the screen reflects quite a bit of ambient light, which could be a little annoying and inconvenient at times. Little complaints were directed towards its performance, with users finding that the 1.3Ghz quad-processor ensures a rather responsive tablet. The battery life is around 12 hours for most and it features Amazon’s super helpful and super intuitive AI, Alexa. FireOS is based on Android, but some found that it does take some time to get used to it. The Amazon Appstore is packed with apps, however, some of the best Android apps, such as the Google suite of apps, are absent, which may be disappointing for some. The Fire HD 8 also comes with useful parental control abilities and a rather impressive battery life of around 12-hours. The two stereo speakers have been commended by many, finding that they are loud and clear enough when used for both movies and music. The RAM is still the same as the previous version at 1.5GB, and as mentioned above, it allows for reasonable performance and makes multitasking fairly easy. The Fire HD 8 remains a popular budget tablet amongst Amazon customers, and thanks to its great price and decent performance, it will surely remain one of the top 2017 budget tablets.

  • 1.3GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 8 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.81 lbs

Pros

  • Speaker quality
  • Decently Responsive
  • Long battery life
  • Alexa capabilities
  • Decent screen quality
  • Good value

Cons

  • Lackluster camera quality
  • Fire OS is not for everyone
  • No Google Apps on Amazon Appstore
  • Lockscreen adverts

Summary

The 2017 Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best budget tablets currently available, offering a pleasing overall performance with a great battery life, but its cameras are average at best, and the Fire OS may not be for everyone.

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Apple iPad Mini 4

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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 table. 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. 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 or 128GB 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.

  • Apple A8 1.50 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: None
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 7.9 Inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 9
  • 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 MK9P2LL/A 128GB
$347.99
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350 8-Inch

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The Galaxy Tab A SM-T350 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-T350 is among our top recommendations.

  • 1.2 GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 8 Inch, 1024 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • 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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZAAXAR 8-Inch
$199.99$167.99
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – SM-T713

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>Samsung’s first edition of the Galaxy S2 was back in 2015, which was powered by the 1.3 GHz Exynos 5433 CPU. The 2016 edition has improved on that, delivering a more powerful processor in the form of the Snapdragon 652. While the new 2017 Samsung Galaxy S3 tablet may be significantly faster in terms of performance, it is about $300 more at the time of writing this article. The Galaxy S2 SM-T713 weighs in at less than a pound and is only .22-inches (or 5.6mm) thick, and still holds top spot for thinnest tablet available, all while housing the hardware to deliver an awesome user experience. The Super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 2048×1536 (or 2K), and the display is nothing short of gorgeous. The rich colors and strong contrasts of the Super AMOLED display offer crisp details and has received a ton of praise. On top of this, the screen is super responsive. The Bloatware annoyed some, but the 32GB of internal memory is plenty, and it can be further upgraded to 128GB with a microSD card. The aspect ratio of 4:3 does pose some issues with watching wide-screen 16:9 videos however, with the image letterboxing when in landscape view, making the viewing areas noticeably smaller. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but is upgradable to 7.0 Nougat, which has recently rolled out. The 4,000mAh battery holds a decent charge, and is sufficient for day-to-day to usage, taking around 4 hours to fully charge. But compared to the Galaxy Tab S1, which had a 7,900mAh battery, it does seem somewhat like a step down. The split screen viewing and the 3GB of RAM makes multitasking a breeze.

  • Snapdragon Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 - T719N [View Benchmarks]
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 G
  • Cameras: Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8 Inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 0.58 lbs

Pros

  • Good performance
  • 2k Super AMOLED display
  • Solid multitasker
  • Solid multitasker

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • Widescreen videos letterbox
  • Bloatware

Summary

All-in-all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 SM-T713 8-inch tablet performs well and is a great multitasker, but the battery life is somewhat low when compared to some of its competitors.

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$329.00
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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.

  • 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.

ASUS Z380M-A2-GR Zenpad 8
$129.00$128.87
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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.

  • 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 (IPS)
  • 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
$129.99
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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.

  • Apple A7 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.

Apple iPad mini 2 ME276LL/A
$269.00
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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.

  • 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
$109.99
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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.

  • 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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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Intel Atom 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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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.

  • Intel 2.3 GHz Atom Z3580
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card reader
  • 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.

ASUS ZenPad S 8 Z580CA-C1-BK
$289.99
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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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