Best Tablets Under $300

Last Updated on December 31, 2022 by Ernests Embutnieks

When you are looking to buy a tablet in a specific price range, it’s a struggle. There just aren’t that many options out there, and a lot of these options are knockoff brands, which can put you in a vulnerable position.

Let’s take a look at some of the best tablets under $300. Let’s check their specs; let’s see what these devices are capable of and what things you should know and consider.

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

Best Tablet Under $300 – Overall
1. Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus

Specs:
OS: Fire OS
Screen Size: 10.1-inch
Resolution: 1280x 800
Processor: Mediatek MT8183 Helio P60T, Octa-core 2.0 GHz
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Camera: Front: 2MP | Rear: 5MP
Dimensions: 9.72 x 6.54 x 0.36in
Weight: 1.03lbs
Battery Life: Up to 13 hours

Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Great price
  • Sharp screen
  • Decent performance
  • Alexa(voice assistant)
  • Wireless charging
Cons
  • Limited to Fire OS apps
  • The camera could be better
  • The speakers could be better

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus is a great budget tablet, and for a reason, it’s a best seller. The 10-inch model has a faster processor than 8-inch and 7-inch Amazon tablets, which improves your productivity while using the device. You can play a bit heavier games and launch a bit havier apps, but with limitations, of course, it’s still a budget tablet, and it won’t be able to handle the heaviest apps like Lightroom, Photoshop, PUBG, etc. These apps require heavy processing power.

It has a great big screen good battery life of up to 13 hours, which allows you to watch movies with ease, TV-shows, YouTube, TikToks, and other video materials.

Good for ebook reading, comics, social media, etc.

Definitely, a huge bonus is the Alexa assistant, which allows you to search the web hands-free, set timers, set reminders, do some shopping, etc.

If you’re on a budget, there isn’t really a better option for now.

Best Samsung Tablet Under $300
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

OS: Android 11
Screen Size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Processor: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
RAM: 3/4GB
Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Camera: Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Dimensions: 9.72 x 6.37 x 0.27in
Weight: 1.12lbs
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours

Pros
  • Sleek, aluminum body
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • Good battery life
  • Affordable price
  • LTE option
Cons
  • The rear camera is not great
  • Slow charger in the box
  • Speakers lose quality with volume
  • Laggy on multitasking
  • No S pen support

This is the latest budget tab from Samsung. It comes at a low price range, making it a perfect contender. It comes with a 10.5-inch screen with some broad bezels to rest your fingers.

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. It’s a lightweight tablet 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.

Overall a great budget tablet that will handle the expected – Movies, TV, music, web, social media, ebooks, light games, video calls, etc.

Full Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Review

Best Chrome OS Tablet Under $300
3. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

OS: Chrome OS
Screen Size: 10.1-inch
Resolution: 1920×1200
Processor: MediaTek P60T
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: Front: 2MP | Rear: 8MP
Dimensions: 9.44 x 6.29 x 0.29in
Weight: 0.99lbs/ with keyboards 2.03lbs
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours

Pros
  • Keyboard, kickstand & stylus support
  • Solid performance
  • Long battery life
  • Great price
  • Good display
Cons
  • The keyboard isn’t the best
  • No MicroSD card support
  • No headphone jack

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.

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Best Windows Tablet Under $300
4. Microsoft Surface Go 2

OS: Windows 10
Screen Size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y, 8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 Processor
RAM: 4/8GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Camera: Front: 5MP | Rear: 8MP
Dimensions: 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33in
Weight: 1.2lbs(544g)
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Keyboard & Stylus support
  • Affordable
  • Magnetic charging cable
  • Good display
  • Good video camera for video calls
Cons
  • 64GB for windows is a bit low
  • Accessories not included in the price

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 on and off, 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. 

5. Lenovo Tab P11 Plus

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
Dimensions: 10.17 x 6.42 x 0.3in
Weight: 1.08lbs
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours

Pros
  • Keyboard & Stylus support
  • Good display
  • Good performance
  • Good camera
Cons
  • 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

6. Chuwi HiPad PRO

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
Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.2 x 0.29in
Weight: 1.0lbs
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours

Pros
  • Keyboard & Stylus support
  • Great display
  • Big screen (10.8-inch)
Cons
  • The camera could be better
  • The battery life could be better
  • No 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

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.

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

It’s all subjective and it all depends on how you plan to use the tablet, but considering all the factors, I would recommend: Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus as the best option if you are looking for best value for money. I really like Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 as well, and if you are looking for Stylus & Keyboard support, I recommend Lenovo Chromebook Duet.

As I said, it all comes down to your needs and how you plan to use the tablet.

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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