Best Tablets Under $300

Last Updated on August 12, 2022 by Ernest

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Lenovo Chromebook Duet

The market is full of tablets under $300 that you can buy but which one should you choose? Making the wrong choice can land you in a sticky situation. You can get stuck with a tablet that just doesn’t perform well or just isn’t up to the task.

Well, don’t worry, as today we’ll be taking a look at the best tablets under $300 that deliver great build quality, smooth performance, and a high-resolution display making your choice easy. 

So, let’s dive straight in and look at your future dream tablet of choice.

Best Samsung Budget Tablet
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
9.4/10 Our Score
  • Very loudspeaker output
  • Big and vibrant screen to watch content
  • A premium look and in-hand feel
  • Slow 15W charging
  • Heats up fast
  • The camera UI is buggy

This is the latest tab from Samsung and is no less than any other competitor. It comes at a low price range, making it a perfect contender. It comes with a 10.5-inch screen with some broad bezels and flat edges.

The body is an aluminum build, and the back has a round camera module which gives it a very premium look. It comes in gray, silver, and pink gold colors. The tablet is 6.5mm in width and has a weight of about 509 grams, making it very easy to carry anywhere, either in your backpack or in your handbag.

The screen of the tablet is very bright for indoor use, and the color combinations are very crisp. The overall media viewing experience becomes very good with the great speakers that provide surround sound.

Full Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Review

Specifications

OS:Android 11
Screen Size:10.5-inch
Resolution:1200×1920
Processor:Mali G52 MP2
RAM:2GB|3GB|4GB
Storage:32GB|64GB|128GB
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB-C Charger + 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions:0.27 x 6.37 x 9.72 inches
Weight:1.12lbs
Battery Life:~10 hours

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 – Older Model

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is the ideal companion for your everyday life. This tablet comes with a 10.4-inch Multi-Touch display with wide viewing angles and vibrant colors. The device is equipped with an 8MP main camera that allows you to capture sharp, clear photos and videos at any time. It offers ultra-fast LTE connectivity in select markets, so you can browse, stream and download your favorite content quickly on the go.

It is a tablet that gives you the power to do so much more. With a powerful processor and long-lasting battery, you can watch your favorite shows, play games, and read books to your heart’s content. It features a vivid, high-resolution screen that makes watching your favorite shows or reading text from websites and emails easier than ever. And because it’s Android-based, you can customize your tablet with the apps, accessories, and music you love most. 

Full Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review

Specifications

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Quad 2.0GHz + Quad 1.8GHz
OS: Android
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Battery Life: 10 hours
Display: 10.4 inch
Resolution: 2000 x 1200 pixels
Connectivity: WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
Cameras: Front: 5MP, Rear 8MP

Pros

  • It has a vivid, high-resolution screen
  • The low-power chipsets are specially optimized to reduce power consumption while boosting performance
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Less RAM and below-average storage capacity
  • No S-pen support
  • Slow charging
Best Overall Tablet Under $300
2. Microsoft Surface Go 2
9.3/10 Our Score
  • It has a lightweight, silent keyboard to type conveniently
  • The 10” touch screen with a full-size keyboard cover and stylus means you can create, watch, work or play anywhere in incredible style
  • Affordable Windows experience.
  • Magnetic charging cable for quick and safe disconnects
  • The battery life is average
  • It’s a bit limited in the performance department
  • The 64GB storage is just average at best

 

The Microsoft Surface Go2 is your everyday tablet. It is a small, easy-to-use device that’s great for browsing the web, reading, watching videos, or playing music. It has a 10-inch screen that features a 3:2 aspect ratio, as well as a multi-position kickstand so you can set the Go 2 up at the right angle for your work and entertainment needs. 

It offers a choice of colors and can connect to WiFi and 4G LTE cellular internet. The Intel Pentium Gold processor provides reliable performance, while the full version of Windows 10 Home offers the best compatibility. 

I have been using it for around 6 months as my main tablet, and I seriously love everything about it. The display is beautiful, the performance is decent, the full Windows experience is amazing, and I love the portable nature. You can also get the type cover that makes it a great portable laptop replacement and an amazing media machine.

Note: Microsoft has released the 3rd generation of the Surface Go lineup, but it will be a little more expensive, taking your budget up to the $400 price mark. 

Specifications

OS:Windows 10
Screen Size:10.5-inch
Resolution:1920×1280
Processor:Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y
8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 Processor
RAM:4GB|8GB
Storage:64GB (eMMC) or 128GB (SSD)
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB-C + 3.5mm headphone jack + Surface connect port + MicroSDXC Card Reader
Dimensions:9.65” x 6.9” x 0.33” (245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)
Weight:1.2lbs (544g)
Battery Life:~10hours

 

Great Media Experience Tablet
3. Chuwi HiPad PRO
8.9/10 Our Score
  • Large internal storage
  • The advanced chipset provides better performance
  • It has stylus support
  • The camera performance is average
  • The battery life is not so good
  • The speaker output is not so loud
  • Does not come with a headphone jack

Chuwi is a very well-known name in the Chinese market and specializes in producing tech products. The HiPad Pro is a successor of the HiPad Pro (2021) and is worthy of being the same.

It comes with a 10.8-inch display and has a 2K resolution and a quad stereo speaker setup, making it the best tablet for enjoying multimedia content on it. Also, the tablet’s overall design is very sleek and slim, making it very reliable to use and carry around. 

The front has a very good screen-to-body aspect ratio with not so many broad bezels and has the front camera embedded into the screen itself. Also, the back has a gradient type of color with blue in one half and grey in the other. The screen brightness is up to the mark and can be used easily in daylight conditions. 

Full Chuwi HiPad Pro Review

Specifications

OS:Android 11
Screen Size:10.8-inch
Resolution:2560×1600
Processor:Mediatek Helio G95 Octa-core processor
RAM:8GB
Storage:128GB
Camera:Front: 5MP | Rear: 13MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C
Dimensions:9.6 x 6.2 x 0.29 in
Weight:1lbs
Battery Life:~10hours
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G95  
  • OS: Android 11
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB with external memory card support
  • Battery life: 7 hours
  • Display: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5GHz, dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, GSM/LTE, USB C 2.0, GPS
  • Cameras: Front: 5MP, Rear: 8MP

Chuwi HiPad Plus

CHUWI Hipad Plus Android

Chuwi-HiPad Plus gives you a huge screen with a metallic body, huge storage capacity, and powerful performance at an affordable price. Chuwi-HiPadPlus is an 11-inch tablet with 2176 x 1600 high definition resolution and 2K IPS display. Chuwi Hipad Plus’s computing performance is amazing. It can handle your daily office work and smoothly play the latest 3D games.

The Chuwi-Hipad Plus is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet with a removable keyboard and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard for easy typing, and it’s much easier to carry. It has an ergonomic experimental design that adopts the human body’s physiological structure and movement principles, combining concave and convex surfaces to precisely fit the palm to relieve wrist, hand, forearm, and elbow joint pains commonly felt when using a traditional flat tablet resting on a flat surface. Its soft-touch textured pattern also prevents slippage or vibration of the tablet.

Specifications


Processor: MT8183 Octa-core Processor
OS: Android 
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery Life: 15 hours
Display: 11 inches
Resolution: 2176 x 1600 pixels
Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
Cameras: Front: 5MP, Rear 13MP

Pros

  • Amazing computing performance. 
  • Large storage capacity. 
  • It has 2K IPS display and a dual camera. 
  • It also provides a fast user-intensive experience and a rich application environment.

Cons

  • Average build-quality. 
  • It has a small amount of RAM. 
  • It lacks HDMI support.
Best Chrome OS Tablet Under $300
4. Lenovo Duet Chromebook
8.8/10 Our Score
  • The Lenovo Chromebook Duet offers the best combination of performance, security, and affordability in a 10.1” 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook
  • The ergonomically designed keyboard is spill-resistant and features a 180° hinge that allows you to use it as a tablet
  • Easy to use
  • Average camera performance
  • Limited RAM 

The all-new Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a 2-in-1 notebook built for work and play. Powered by the latest Chrome OS, it delivers exceptional battery life of up to 10 hours. With its ultra-light and thin chassis, you will get everything you need from a laptop. 

This affordable, lightweight Chromebook is designed for users who rely on laptops for entertainment, from children to grandparents. As the first dual-booting system on the list, this tablet runs Windows 10 and Chrome OS, making it diverse. It also has an anti-glare display and a detachable magnetic keyboard with a stylus pen.

Specifications

OS:Chrome OS
Screen Size:10.1-inch
Resolution:1920×1200
Processor:MediaTek P60T
RAM:4GB
Storage:128GB
Camera:Front: 2MP | Rear: 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C 5point pogo pins
Dimensions:9.44″ x 6.29″ x 0.29″
Weight:0.99lbs – Tablet+Keyboard = 2.03lbs
Battery Life:~10hours

 

5. Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
8.5/10 Our Score
  • It comes bundled with a helpful stylus, so take notes and sketch drawings while you’re on the go
  • It is an affordable Android tablet
  • It delivers fast performance
  • Google kids space
  • Good battery life
  • Substandard refresh rate
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • No headphone jack

Featuring a sleek and stylish design with powerful performance and battery life to go, the Tab P11 Plus lets you leave your charger at home — it has an all-day battery. The new multi-sensor 13MP rear camera provides high resolution, bright colors, sharp focus, and better low-light performance. 

It also supports 4K (UHD) video recording and can capture breathtaking images with a depth-of-field effect. Lenovo Tab P11 Plus runs on the Android 11 operating system, and Google Playstore is installed so that you can enjoy your favorite music, movies, books, and games. 

The Tab P11 Plus is a great tablet for both work and play. This Windows tablet features 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and precision ink so you can write up everything. Tab P11 Plus can help you take notes while you’re on the go with its Microsoft Pen.

Full Lenovo Tab P11 Plus Review

Specifications

OS:Android 11
Screen Size:11-inch
Resolution:2000×1200
Processor:MediaTek® Helio G90T
RAM:4GB|6GB
Storage:64GB|128GB
Camera:Front: 8MP | Rear: 13MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB Type-C
Dimensions:0.17 x 6.42 x 0.30 in (258.4 x 163 x 7.5 mm)
Weight:1.08lbs (490g)
Battery Life:~10hours

 

6. TCL Tab Max 10.4
7.9/10 Our Score
  • Large battery with fast 18 W charging
  • Great battery life with better performance
  • Stylus support
  • The camera performance is average
  • It does not come with a fingerprint sensor
  • The speakers could be louder

This tablet is from the most renowned tech company TCL which has a very long experience in producing tech products for the users. It has a 10.36-inch screen with a very good chipset, making it a very good performance-based tablet for gaming.

The body is an aluminum alloy build with a very thin form factor and comes in grey and dark blue color with a very good pattern in the back, making the tablet very premium looking and enhancing the in-hand feel. The metal body is very durable and can easily withstand shocks. 

The screen size is good, color tweaks behind the screen are great, and it also has decent speakers, which makes the overall media viewing experience great and unmatchable.  

Specifications

OS:Android 11
Screen Size:10.4-inch
Resolution:2000×1200
Processor:Snapdragon 665 Octa-core
RAM:4GB
Storage:64GB
Camera:Front: 8MP | Rear: 13MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB-C + microSD tray
Dimensions:9.76 x 6.21 x 0.3 inches
Weight:1.89lbs
Battery Life:~10hours
7. Nokia T20
7.6/10 Our Score
  • Well-designed interface
  • Easy-to-use
  • Good battery life
  • Average performance
  • Slow charging
  • Low-quality camera
  • No stylus support

The Nokia T20 is the tablet that lets you explore, create and enjoy—featuring an eight-megapixel camera with flash, as well as a wide range of available downloadable apps from the Nokia Store. With Google Play, you can read your favorite books and magazines, listen to music, watch videos, find some new favorites and get your news fix. 

Perfect for games, social media, and other entertainment. It has a Dual-Core processor, which enhances performance when running tasks. It is easy to use even for new users with its well-designed interface.

While it is not meant to deliver the best performance with gaming or streaming, it is decent enough for a beginner tablet experience.

Specifications

OS:Android 11
Screen Size:10.4-inch
Resolution:2000×1200
Processor:Unisoc T610
RAM:3GB|4GB
Storage:32GB|64GB
Camera:Front: 5MP, Rear 8MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:USB-C + 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions:9.75 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches (247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8 mm)
Weight:1.15lbs (520g)
Battery Life:~11hours
Check Full Nokia T20 Video Review

 

8. Chuwi Hi 10 X
7.1/10 Our Score
  • Full HD display
  • The latest touch screen and pen input technology make it even more convenient
  • Very affordable
  • Average battery life
  • No 3G or 4G connectivity
  • It is only aimed at basic computing tasks
  • The camera could be better

The Chuwi Hi10 XR is a new generation with a cutting-edge quad-core Intel Celeron N4120 processor, which will bring you a more stable and quicker experience. It’s a quad-core processor low in power consumption but brings excellent performance. 

It is amazing with the Windows 10 OS, it can meet your entertainment needs, and the latest technology of touch screen and pen input makes it even more convenient for you to be an outdoor person. It features anodized aluminum alloy for construction, making it rugged, solid, and easier to carry.

However, it can’t run pro Windows apps as the processor just isn’t powerful enough. Other than that, it delivers a great experience with basic day-to-day tasks.

Specifications

OS:Windows 10
Screen Size:10.1-inch
Resolution:1920×1200
Processor:Intel Celeron N4120
RAM:6GB
Storage:128GB
Camera:Front: 2MP, Rear 5MP
Refresh Rate:60Hz
Ports:2x USB-C + Headphone jack + micro HDMI
Dimensions:10.3 x 6.5 x 0.34 in (261.8 x 167.3 x 8.8mm)
Weight:1.32lbs(600g)
Battery Life:~8hours

Why Did We Rank Samsung Galaxy A8 above Microsoft Surface Go 2?

The Samsung Galaxy A8 comes with the Android 11 operating system, which is now developed a lot. There is nothing you can not do on your Android tablet as compared to the Windows tablet.

Everything such as enjoying multimedia, playing games, creating presentations or word documents, and many other things can also be carried out on the Android tablet. Besides, you can download different apps available on the play store and enjoy them on your tablet. 

However, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 runs on Windows, which restricts you as you cannot use a large number of applications on Windows when compared to Android OS.

Due to this wide use case of Android, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, which is running on Android, is ranked above the Microsoft Surface Go 2, running on Windows.

Final Verdict: Which is the best tablet under $300?

While choosing the best tablet isn’t that hard if you know what you’re looking for, it can still get quite confusing, seeing as there are quite a lot of options available under the $300 price tag. 

Our recommendation: the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 & Surface Go 2 from Microsoft. Both of these tablets have a great overall performance. You can get some work done on these, you can find entertainment like movies, games, etc.

FAQs

Can you get Apple iPad for under $300?

The latest iPad starts from $329, a little above the $300 price bracket. However, you could get a deal on the older iPad and get it for under $300 if you are on a tight budget. However, it does deliver great performance, build quality, and overall responsiveness making it one of the best Apple iPad to date. 

Which is the best Android tablet under $300?

The criteria for defining the best Android tablet are the specifications, form factor, and performance. After having a close look at all these criteria and seeing the tablets mentioned above, we can finally conclude that Samsung Galaxy A8 is the best one.

What are the cons of buying a tablet in the $300 range?

There is a compromise on the performance and the hardware used, making the user experience laggy compared to the tablets above this range. You will have to compromise on everything, whether your camera or battery performance or the chipset performance, and everything will be in the midrange. Most of the budget tablets under $300 won’t have Stylus support.

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