Best LTE Tablets(with SIM cards)

When you buy a tablet it sort of becomes a part of you and you like to carry it with you everywhere. But the most significant limitation which we face is the internet connectivity, which prevents us from using them on the go. 

With the advancement of technology now we can use the gadgets with the internet connectivity on the move. 5G/4G LTE is the technology that helps us use these devices for navigation on a road trip or in a restaurant where WIFI signals are weak.

Buying an LTE tablet is not an easy task for everyone out there, as we cannot just go and buy any random LTE tablet just because of internet connectivity.

It sometimes becomes tricky to select an appropriate product for our own needs. We are not sure about our requirements or the technicalities associated with the products, which wastes your hard-earned money.

So, here we are helping you understand the requirements for LTE technology, such as battery time, processing power, enhanced ram, higher GPU, and compatible software. 

Note: I was thinking about getting LTE+WiFi iPad for a while and here are my thoughts about it, it might help you figure out if you even need LTE: Why I chose iPad with LTE(Cellular) (My Reasons)

1. iPad Pro 5th Generation (2021)

ipad pro 2021 5th gen

On top of the list, we have the apple iPad pro 5th Generation 2021.  Apple has always astonished us with its out-of-the-box thinking and great aesthetics. This slate is a living example of powerhouse processing, sleek design, and large screen size.

This tablet comes with a 12.9″ Liquid retina display with 2048 x 2732 resolution at 120Hz refresh rate and 600 nits brightness, making it the first pic for gamers, movie buffs, and eBook readers.

Because of its outstanding SoC, this slate left its predecessors far behind in performance. It can perform 15x faster processing and handle graphics due to its M1 chip with 16 core neural processing unit that allows 11 trillion operations per second.

If you are planning to go on a road trip, this device can be a good companion as it has a nano sim option that supports 4G LTE network connectivity to use the internet on the go.

Along with the processing power and LTE connectivity, it has a great battery suitable for the dynamic data requirements of LTE technology and provides enough time to play games, video chat, and edit photos and videos on the go.  

Specification:

OSiPad OS 14.5.1 upgradable to iPadOS 15.4.1
ProcessorOcta-Core
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
RAM8GB, 16GB
CameraTriple 12MP, 10MP, TOF 3D LiDAR (rear), Single 12MP (Selfie)
GraphicsOcta-Core Apple GPU
Display (inches)11 inches, 12.9 inches
Resolution2048 x 2732
Size11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in
Weight1.50 lb
PortUSB Type-C 4 (Thunderbolt 4), DisplayPort; magnetic connector
BatteryLi-Po (40.88 Wh), non-removable

2. Samsung Tab S8 Ultra

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Suppose you are planning to go on a ride with your family and looking for a tablet that can entertain your family, help you conduct your online meetings, show you the correct directions, and hold everything to perform your official activities on the go. In that case, this will be your option.

Samsung Tab S8 ultra has all that we can imagine or wish for. Its LTE connectivity makes it an excellent replacement for a laptop and gives us ease as we carry our office workstation.  

This 14.6 inches of AMOLED with 2960 x 1848 resolution and 120 Hz gives us a great viewing experience but makes this device bulky. Its powerful Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 gives it the processing power essential for LTE data transfer.

We can get various storage and memory combinations such as 128/8GB, 256/12GB, 256/16GB, 512/12GB, and 512/16GB with a dedicated microSD slot. 

Its dual front and rear camera, 4 stereo speakers, more extended battery capacity of 11200mAh, and latest OS make it the right choice for all LTE-supported operations from video calling to GPS navigation.

You might also be interested in checking out: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Specifications: 

OSAndroid 12, One UI 4.1
ProcessorOcta-core (1×3.00 GHz & 3×2.50 GHz & 4×1.80 GHz)
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB 
RAM8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB
CameraDual 13MP (Wide) 6MP (Ultrawide) rear, Dual 12MP (wide) 12MP (Ultrawide)
GraphicsAdreno 730
Display (inches)14.6 inches
Resolution1848 x 2960
Size12.85 x 8.21 x 0.22 in
Weight1.60 lb
PortUSB Type-C 3.2, magnetic connector
BatteryLi-Po 11200 mAh, non-removable

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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If you hunt for an LTE tablet, don’t forget to include Microsoft Surface Pro 8. It’s a tablet that you cannot afford to ignore because of its powerful 11th Gen Intel corei7 processor, 13 inches pixel sense display that provides 2880 x 1920 resolution with 120Hz refresh rate, and battery life of up to 16 hours.

This tablet has the latest Windows 11 operating system, which natively supports all LTE-enabled operations. We can have a great experience with video chatting via Microsoft Teams, photo editing with adobe suite, and gaming experience with Xbox.

To complement the data needs of this powerful Microsoft device, we have 2 USB-C ports, even with a built-in storage capacity of up to 1 TB. It also offers multiple options for RAM, such as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB which supports the processor well.

Other features include the pen compatibility, 5MP front & 10MP rear camera, Dolby Atmos speakers with dual far-field studio mics, and Windows Hello face sign-in that’s just icing on the cake. 

Specifications:

OSWindows 11 Home
ProcessorQuadcore 11thgen Intel Corei7
Storage128 GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Camera5.0MP (front), 10.MP (rear)
GraphicsIntel Iris® Xe Graphics (i5, i7)
Display (inches)13 inches
Resolution2880 x 1920
Size11.3 × 8.2 × 0.37 in
Weight1.96 lbs
Port2 × USB-C with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4, 3.5mm headphone jack 1 × Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port
BatteryUp to 16 hours

4. iPad Air 5th Gen (2022)

ipad air 5th gen 2022 model

If you are looking for power, entertainment, and versatility in a single device, this tablet is just for you. iPad Air 5th gen is an excellent alternative to iPad pro at affordable rates.  

So, if you want to experience the power of the M1 chip with a built-in neural processing engine and 8 core CPU/GPU, then go for this slate. Although the Pro version is premium, we cannot underrate this device completely.

This 10.9-inch tablet offers a 1640 x 2360 resolution with a liquid retina display and 500 nits of brightness that can give you a mind-blowing experience while watching movies, playing games, or attending a video call. 

It is worth noting that this device also supports LTE connectivity, so we do not need to stick to our office or home to play with this sleek beauty. Apple understands the needs of its customers, due to which they offer a storage capacity of 64/256 GB with 8GB Ram, 12MP rear and front cameras, apple pencil, and keyboard support.

Although it has many similarities with the iPad Pro, it does not consider an iPad pro replica. 

Specifications:

OSiPadOS 15.4, upgradable to iPadOS 15.4.1
ProcessorOcta-Core
Storage64GB, 256GB
RAM8GB
Camera12MP wide (rear), 12MP ultrawide (front)
GraphicsOcta-Core
Display (inches)10.9 inches
Resolution1640 x 2360
Size9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24
Weight1.02 lb
PortUSB Type-C 3.1 Gen2, DisplayPort; magnetic connector
BatteryLi-Ion (28.6 Wh)

5. iPad Mini 6

ipad mini 6 2021

Don’t think that we are inclined towards Apple products, as you have seen that Apple has introduced masterpieces one after another, so here is another iPad mini on our list.

This iPad version is powered by an A15 Bionic chip that is not powerful enough to compete with the M1 chip but still has 6 core CPUs and 5 Core GPU with 16 core neural processing unit offerings.

It also offers a Liquid Retina display with an 8.3-inch screen size and 1488 x 2266 resolution. This slate comes in 64GB and 256GB versions but with the same 4GB memory.

The good news is even with a limited budget; we can take this device as a road trip companion due to its LTE connectivity and other features. Although this device has many downsides, it can still serve its purpose, from storage capacity to battery timing.  

Specifications: 

OSiPadOS 15, upgradable to iPadOS 15.4.1
ProcessorHexa-core
Storage64 GB, 256 GB
RAM4 GB
Camera12MP wide (rear), 12MP ultra-wide (front)
GraphicsApple GPU (5 Core)
Display (inches)8.3 inches
Resolution1488 x 2266
Size7.69 x 5.31 x 0.25 in
Weight654 lb
PortUSB Type-C 3.1, DisplayPort
BatteryLi-Ion, non-removable (19.3 Wh)

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

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It is a mid-range series tablet that still possesses impressive features such as a 12.4-inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, S Pen stylus, 10000 mAh battery, and LTE support.

So, if you are planning to use this tablet outside the home or office premises, you won’t face any issues. It’s an octa-core Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G processor and Adreno 619 GPU further supported by 64/4GB, 128/6GB, 256/8GB Storage, and RAM combination.

Although its camera is not as good as it has to be, in limited budget and with all other features this is something which we cannot ignore. It also offers stereo speakers and a mic to cater to video conferencing needs over WIFI or on the LTE network.

It is a proficient tablet that can help us in productive operations and entertainment functions on the go.

Full review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Specifications: 

OSAndroid 11, One UI 3.1.1
ProcessorOcta-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570) 
Storage64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
RAM4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB
Camera8MP (rear), 5MP (selfie)
GraphicsAdreno 619 
Display (inches)12.4 inches
Resolution1600 x 2560
Size11.21 x 7.28 x 0.25 in
Weight1.34 lb
PortUSB Type-C 3.2, magnetic connector
BatteryLi-Po 10090 mAh

7. Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

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If you are looking for a tablet other than Apple and Samsung, Lenovo tablets could be a great option. This slate comes with a 12.6-inch AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution.

A nano sim that can provide seamless LTE connectivity to support bandwidth-hungry applications such as video conferencing, navigation systems, and online games is part of this tablet.

The tablet is powered by Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870  and Adreno 650 GPU, further supported with 128/6 GB and 256/8 GB storage and memory combination. 

Its 10200mAh battery, 4JBL speakers, 600nits brightness, dual rear cameras, and an 8MP selfie camera make it a great companion and fit for all products and entertainment activities.

See the full review of Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

Specifications: 

OSAndroid 11
ProcessorOcta-core (1×3.2 GHz & 3×2.42 GHz & 4×1.80 GHz)
Storage128 GB, 256GB 
RAM6GB, 8GB
CameraDual 13MP wide / 5MP ultra-wide (rear), 8MP wide (front)
GraphicsAdreno 650
Display (inches)12.6 inches
Resolution1600 x 2560
Size11.24 x 7.26 x 0.22 in
Weight1.25 lb
PortUSB Type-C 3.1
BatteryLi-Po 10200 mAh, non-removable

8. Microsoft Surface Go 3

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This device from Microsoft is designed to be used on the go. It is handy, versatile, and productive for any kind of use. Windows 11-based device has a 10.5-inch screen with 1280 x 1920 resolution.

Suppose you are on vacation and want to join an urgent meeting from a remote spot, or you are driving in the car and want to see the traffic congestion or keep your little ones engaged during the journey. In that case, this device’s seamless LTE connectivity makes it possible.

To support the huge LTE data rates and bandwidth-hungry apps, it has a Dual-core 10th Generation corei3 processor with 4GB or 8GB ram that is further Intel UHD Graphics 615.

Microsoft launched this device with a 64GB eMMC drive and 128GB SSD, but keeping the data transfer needs in the account, they have provided us a USB-C port. 

Specifications: 

OSWindows 11
ProcessorDual-core 10th Generation corei3
Storage64GB, 128GB
RAM4GB, 8GB
Camera8MP (rear), 5MP(Front)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 615
Display (inches)10.5 inches
Resolution1920 x 1280
Size9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33
Weight1.22lbs
Port1xUSB-C
Battery28.0WH

9. iPad 9th Gen

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We have another Apple tablet on the list, which comes with a 10.2″ Retina IPS display with 1620 x 2160 resolution and provides 500 nits brightness.

Its simple design, sharp colors with true tone technology, A13 Bionic Hexa core processor, and 3GB RAM make it handy yet powerful enough to use, even on LTE connectivity.

It comes with an 8MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide camera that provides a clear image while video conferencing over zoom or teams. If you are low on budget and want to carry a tablet with you on a ride, this one will be a great option.

Specifications: 

OSiPadOS 15, upgradable to iPadOS 15.4.1
ProcessorHexa core processor
Storage64GB, 256GB
RAM3GB
Camera8MP (rear), 12MP (front)
GraphicsApple GPU (4 core)
Display (inches)10.5 inches
Resolution1920 x 1280
Size9.87 x 6.85 x 0.30
Weight1.07lbs
PortUSB 2.0
Battery32.4 WH

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

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Samsung gives us another worthy tablet that deserves to be our friend outside the premises. If we want to read our eBook in the park, watch movies on the go, download an app, etc., this slate is there to help us with its LTE compatibility.

This device is a great choice to connect us for online education, video calling, entertainment purposes, and file sharing over the high-speed internet, even if the WIFI is not around us.

It also provides us 10.5″ TFT LCD with 1200 x 1920 resolution, an octa-core processor, a 7040mAh battery, and internal storage of up to 128GB with 4 GB memory. So, we can conclude that this device has all which is necessary for 4G connectivity.

Specifications: 

OSAndroid 11, One UI 3
ProcessorOcta-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×2.0 GHz)
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
RAM4GB
Camera8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
GraphicsMali G52 MP2
Display (inches)10.5 inches
Resolution1920 x 1200
Size9.72 x 6.37 x 0.27 in
Weight1.12lbs
PortUSB Type-C 2.0
BatteryLi-Po 7040 mAh, non-removable

11. HP Chromebook x2 11 (LTE Chrome OS)

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HP Chromebook x2 11 is another good option if you are looking for a 4G LTE device. Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Octa-Core processor powers this device with Adreno 618 GPU supported with 8GB memory strips.

Great internet bandwidth requires excellent data storage, which this device lacks by only providing 64GB eMMC flash storage. It has two USB Type-C ports that enable us to traverse the data. 

Its detachable keyboard makes it portable. We can carry it anywhere because 2K display resolution, LTE connectivity, and extended battery life of 11 hours make it the perfect choice for entertainment and productive activities on the move. 

You might be interested in checking out other Chrome OS tablets

Specifications: 

OSChrome OS
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 7c (up to 2.4 GHz, 8 cores, 8 threads)
Storage64 GB eMMC
RAM8GB
Camera8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
GraphicsAdreno 618
Display (inches)11” IPS
Resolution2160 x 1440
Size9.9 x 6.9 x .29 inches
Weight2.5 lbs
Port2 x Type-C USB
Battery32 Wh (up to 11 hours)

Why we ranked iPad Pro above Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 ultra:

Both iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra are premium tablets, but the reason for which we have placed the iPad pro above the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is because of the following reasons:

  • Processing power: Although both the tablets have top-of-the-line processors, the M1 chip built-in iPad Pro provides an edge over any Android tablet. This chip can perform 15x faster operations.
  • Machine Learning and AI compatible:  iPad Pro has a built-in 16 core neural processing unit that makes it more machine learning & AI friendly. Because of this, it can perform 11 trillion operations per second.
  • Unmatchable Storage Capacity: iPad Pro comes with up to 2 TB storage which no other android tablet offers.
  • Centre Stage Technology: Another offering of the iPad Pro is its camera’s center stage technology, which focuses on the user if he is moving around during a video call.

Although Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 ultra offers a gigantic screen, this feature sometimes becomes a curse instead of an advantage as traveling with such a large device kills its portability. We might carry our laptops instead of this tablet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How fast is LTE compared to Wi-Fi?

Both are wireless technologies with different data rates, but theoretically, the Wi-Fi standard is much faster than LTE or LTE advance. 

Although the bandwidth depends on many factors such as interference, Cell size, Signal to noise ratio, etc., for the sake of understanding, Wi-Fi can reach 2.4 Gbps with 802.11ax standard. At the same time, the peak data rate of LTE advance is 1Gbps which also depends upon the category of receiving device.

Can I use an LTE tablet without a sim card?

Yes, you may use any tablet without a sim card as most tablets come with only Wi-Fi functionality, so when they can work without LTE or sim card, why not an LTE tablet that does not have a sim card.

Will my phone sim work on my tablet?

The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems to be. If you use an LTE-based tablet that only allows data connectivity, your phone sim won’t work on the pill because it requires an LTE data sim.

But if the sim has both the functionalities of cellular + data, then it will work on both. The thumb rule is that the data sim won’t work on the phone, and the cellular only sim won’t work on the tablet. Your mobile operator defines these specifications, so if it allows cellular + data, that LTE sim will work for both devices.

Does my tablet have a phone number?

No, your tablet does not possess a phone number. It is the sim that identifies us with the help of a dialing number. So if we have a sim-operated tablet with the calling-related installations on the chip, we can have a phone number after inserting the cellular sim.

Conclusion

Although we have listed down the best LTE tablets available in this article, the choice is entirely yours. Before selecting any LTE tablet, all we can suggest is to perform an unbiased assessment of your needs. 

If you ask for our recommendation, go with the iPad Pro 5th Gen as it has all our essential features, but you should keep the budget in mind. 

Our second pick is Samsung S8 Ultra, but it has a huge screen which sometimes bothers us. Considering the budget constraint, we can also go for Lenovo P12 Pro.

Still, the choice is yours; we can only recommend the best option in our opinion.

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