Best 8-inch Tablets

Discover the best 8-inch tablets, Android, iPad OS, Amazon Fire OS, and others. Different brands, different features, and different price ranges.

Some users prefer small 8-inch tablets over medium 10-inch tablets due to their portability. Easier to carry around, typically lighter, and it excels in tasks like reading and video watching. Although the demand for 8-inch tablets exists, there’s not much supply. In this article, we’re going to take a look at 8-inch tablet summaries/reviews, and you can have a comparison and perhaps find your next tablet.

Best 8-inch Tablets

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Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

  • OS: iPadOS
  • Release Date: Sep 2021
  • Screen Size: Small (8.3”)
  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic
  • Price: ~$499

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The Apple iPad Mini 6 is one of the best 8-inch tablets. This device was released in 2021 and runs on iPadOS 15 but can be upgraded to iPadOS 17. On average iPad are supported for 7-years. It also runs on an Apple A15 Bionic chipset and has eSIM and nano-SIM support. The unit has 4GB RAM and comes with 64GB or 256GB internal storage. Still, it has no memory card slot, but you can get cloud storage if you run out of storage space.

The screen is a Liquid Retina IPS LCD with 500 nits, a ~77.4% screen-to-body ratio, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Also, the resolution is 1488 x 2266 pixels, with a ~327 ppi density and a 3:2 ratio. What’s great is that the tablet is built from aluminum and has a glass front. The display uses scratch-resistant glass and has an oleophobic coating too. Making it great for Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, etc. It's also compatible with Apple Pencil Gen 2 and USB-C and you can create art, draw, take-notes or just navigate your device with Stylus pen. 

There are two cameras, a 12MP wide main and a 12MP ultrawide selfie. Making it a great choice for Zoom and Skype calls. It has a USB-C port. Which is mainly for charging, but you can add other accessories using that port, like keyboards, external cameras, printers, hard drives, etc.

This tablet can be bought in Pink, Starlight, Purple, and Space Gray, and it’s only $595 on average. The 6000 mAh battery can run up to 10 hours. Due to its light design, it’s great for people on the go due to it's lightweight and small size. 

Pros
  • It has great speakers for it's size
  • It's compact and portable
  • It works with Apple Pencil 2
Cons

  • The refresh rate is only 60Hz
  • It has no headphone jack
  • There’s no memory card slot
  • There's jelly screen

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Lenovo Legion Y700

Lenovo Legion Y700

  • OS: Android
  • Release Date: Jul 2023
  • Screen Size: Small (8.8”)
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8475P Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Price: ~$399

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The Lenovo Legion Y700 is one of the best 8-inch tablets. It was released in 2023, July. It runs the Android operating system it is powered by the Qualcomm SM8475P Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm) processor. It only comes with WiFi, and it doesn't have cellular connectivity (LTE). You can choose between two storage options, 256GB and 512GB, and if that's not enough, you can get a microSD card for extra storage. 

It has an IPS LCD display with a 144Hz refresh rate with 500nits with ~83.0% screen-to-body ratio. It has a 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution and a 16:10 ratio. It's lightweight 0.77lbs. It has a beautiful bright display with thin bezels making it a great option for watching videos on it. On apps like YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, etc. It's also compatible with Stylus pen - Lenovo Xiaoxin Stylus 2023. Which allows you to take handwritten notes. 

It has two USB Type-C ports for charging and accessories. Unfortunately, it's officially only sold in Asian markets and is not currently available in Europe and the USA.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • x2 USB Type-C
  • High refresh rate
Cons

  • No cellular connectivity
  • It has no headphone jack

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Best Samsung Budget Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9

  • OS: Android
  • Released Date: 2023, October
  • Screen Size: Small (8.7-inches)
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G99 (6nm)
  • Price: ~$180
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Released in 2023, the Galaxy Tab A9 runs on Android 13 and One UI 5.1. With a small 8.7-inch screen and display quality of 800x1340 pixels. It has ~81.7% screen-to-body ratio. it is ideal for people looking for a more portable model. It has nano-SIM and eSIM support and uses a Mediatek Helio G99 chipset. The tablet is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+LTE connectivity options.

The tablet has a main camera of 8 MP and a selfie camera of 2 MP. Moreover, you can only buy it in 64GB and 128GB of internal memory, but you get a microSDXC dedicated slot if more storage is required.

Furthermore, it has a non-removable 5,100 mAh battery, which can reach up to 12 hours and 18 minutes of life. It has a USB-C port, which is used for charging the device, but also can be used to add accessories like keyboard, external monitors, etc.

It has 3 color options. Graphite, Silver, Navy. 

Pros

  • Affordable 
  • Portable
  • Cellular connectivity

Cons

  • Weak cameras
  • Small screen with lower quality
  • Charges slowly

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus

  • OS: Android 11, Fire OS 8
  • CPU / GPU: Mediatek MT8169A
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 2 MP + 5 MP
  • Display: 8.0 inches
  • Resolution: 800 x 1280 (~189 ppi)
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4850 mAH (Up to 12 hours)

Amazon’s tablet ecosystem presents a unique take on the entire premise of owning a tablet. Instead of paying a larger price upfront, Amazon locks you into its ecosystem and focuses on the very basics. 

 While this may seem like an ideal premise, it suits a select few individuals who are willing to take Amazon’s drawbacks into accord. For instance, as soon as you get the tablet, you’ll immediately be locked into Amazon applications. While the tablet does run Android, you won’t be able to access the Google Play Store or any Google-supported application out of the box, but stay assured, you can install Google Play Store on Amazon tablets.

Besides that, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus comes at a great price(~$159); you’ll be able to save $25 if you opt for an ad-supported version, which includes ads in the operating system itself. I found this quite annoying, especially because most advertisements used to pop up on the lock screen or while casually using the tablet, which led to me randomly tapping on them often.

 Besides that, the tablet is fine. It contains 3 GBs of RAM, and an 8-inch, 1280×800 display with large bezels around the side. The display leaves a lot to be desired, the colors are washed out especially compared to the iPad Mini 6. But, it’s also much cheaper than the iPad Mini 6, so it isn’t really a fair comparison.

 Now, the reason why this tablet still takes up a second is simple, it achieves everything there is to expect from an 8 inch tablet. You aren’t going to be using this for school or note-taking.

It can handle basic tasks like: reading, light games, web browsing, emails, social media, video calls, communication with alexa, online shopping, etc. 

Couple that with the fact that you also have wireless charging makes it a sweet deal. 

 

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Great battery life
  • Wireless charging
  • Allows for Alexa support

 

Cons
  • Performance can feel sluggish at times
  • No Google Play Store by default (but can be installed)

     

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

  • OS: Android 13
  • CPU / GPU: MT8768T Helio P22T
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB / 3 GB / 4 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP + 2 MP
  • Display: 8.7 inches
  • Resolution: 800 x 1340 (~179 ppi)
  • Weight: 0.80lbs
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Battery: 5100 mAh (Up to 10 hours)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a great tablet for its size and price. Featuring USB-C connectivity, 10 hours of battery life, up to 4 GBs of RAM, and an 8.7-inch 1340×800 screen, it checks all the boxes.

But, moving outside the box, the tablet features a display that looks nice and bright, colors aren’t extremely washed out, and it seems to adhere to Samsung’s quality standards when it comes to producing displays of reasonable quality. Yes, it isn’t the sharpest display out there, coming at 179 ppi. But I wouldn’t really call it a poor display by any sense of the imagination.

In terms of performance, don’t expect it to tie up to the iPad Mini 6. But, it still performs fine in its own right. You can get away with a light and casual gaming. But, after a while, you are going to run into frame rate issues that’ll plague your entire gameplay session. So, I wouldn’t really recommend this tablet for that PUBG or Fortnite session. However, if it’s a long reading or movie-watching session you are after, then the A7 Lite should be able to net you 10 hours of battery life, which is great for a tablet in this form factor.

If you want a 8 inch tablet for light gaming content watching and that costs under $200, this is a solid option. 

 

Pros
  • Has LTE+WiFi option
  • Great price
Cons
  • The display doesn’t really have great resolution
  • Performance can get be sluggish
Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro

Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro

  • OS: Android 13
  • CPU / GPU: MediaTek G99
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Camera: 5 MP (front) + 13 MP (rear-camera)
  • Display: 8.4 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Weight: 0.67lbs
  • Port: USB-C
  • Battery: 5000 mAH (Up to 9 hours)

This 8.4-inch tablet with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels(IPS screen), running Android 13 and the MediaTek G99 chipset, can handle almost anything. 

Whether you are a gamer or a content enthusiast, this tablet has your needs covered. It has 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, and you can even extend it to 5125GB with a micro SD card. The iPlay 50 Mini Pro could handle games as: Fortnite, Alian Isolation, Half-Life 2, etc.

It lasts 8-9 hours, which gives you almost all day to play games or watch content. Another thing that sets it apart from other tablets is the fast charging. It has 18W PD Fast.

Overall, a compact, powerful, and versatile 8 inch tablet.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • A lot of storage
  • A lot of memory
  • LTE connectivity (4G)
Cons
  • Only one speaker
Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8

  • OS: Android 11, Fire OS 8
  • CPU / GPU: Mediatek MT8169A
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Camera: 2 MP + 5 MP
  • Display: 8.0 inches
  • Resolution: 800 x 1280 (~189 ppi)
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4850 mAH (Up to 12 hours)

The Amazon Fire 8 and Fire 8 Plus share the exact same specifications except for a few key differences. They are as follows:

  • Charging: The Amazon Fire 8 features slower charging at 5 hours for a total charge while the Fire HD 8 Plus clocks out at 3 hours.
  • Wireless Charging: The Fire 8 does not feature wireless charging while the Fire HD 8 Plus does.
  • Cameras: The Fire HD 8 Plus features a 5 MP camera while the Fire HD has a 2 MP camera.
  • RAM: The Fire HD 8 Plus has an extra gigabyte of RAM coming in at 3 GB while the Fire HD 8 has 2 GBs of RAM.

So, besides all the differences I have just listed, there’s really no difference between the two tablets. Now, this begs the question, what should I pick up from these tablets? For most, I recommend opting for the Amazon Fire 8. 

 Why? Well, the differences between the two tablets aren’t really worth spending more money over. For instance, the extra RAM allows you to multitask and makes the device a bit faster. The CPU is the same. If you are going to be experiencing lag on one tablet, you are bound to have it on the other, too.

 If there was a change in the front cameras, I’d be happy to recommend the Fire 8 Plus to everyone. But, since it’s the rear camera that gets bumped up, there’s no major advantage to having a better rear shooter either.

 Lastly, while the charging does make a difference, it still isn’t worth paying extra over, especially on a tablet that’s meant to be budget-oriented anyways. And, wireless charging really is a gimmick when it comes to tablets as you will seldom need to use it. Plus, I’d rather use my tablet plugged in a cable rather than wait for it to slowly wireless charge.

 So, yes, while the Fire 8 Plus is arguably better in a few ways than the Fire 8, that’s why it’s ranked second. But, if you don’t care for the differences, I suggest opting for the ad-free version of the Fire 8 instead to save a few extra dollars. 

 

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Great battery life
  • Allows for Alexa support

 

Cons
  • No Google Play support by default (but can be installed)
  • Performance can feel sluggish at times
  • No wireless charging
Lenovo Tab M8 (Gen 4)

Lenovo Tab M8 (Gen 4)

  • OS: Android 13
  • CPU / GPU: Mediatek MT8768 Helio A22 
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB / 4 GB
  • Camera: 2 MP + 5 MP
  • Display: 8.0 inches
  • Resolution: 1280×800
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Battery: 5100 mAH (Up to 11 hours)

The Lenovo Tab M8 (Gen 4) doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. And, at this price point, I’d be scared if they attempted to do so. But, here’s the deal, I really like this tablet for what it’s worth. It has a decent 8” 800×1280 LCD display with a 5100 mAh battery and 10W fast charging.

 It runs on MediaTek A22 chipset. The tablet just doesn’t really push out as many frames when gaming or provide the butter-smooth performance you’d want from a tablet. But it really isn’t very expensive either(it costs less than $100). So, that’s a drawback you have to make.

It’s a good device for anyone seeking an affordable and compact tablet for entertainment, browsing, and staying connected

 

Pros
  • Great design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Charges faster than most other tablets
Cons
  • Poor speakers
  • Poor performance
  • Cameras are relatively grainy
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4

  • OS: Android 10, upgradable to Android 11
  • CPU / GPU: Exynos 7904
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP + 5 MP
  • Display: 8.4 inches
  • Resolution: 1200×1920 (~270 ppi)
  • Weight: 0.68 lbs
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Battery: 5000 mAH (Up to 9 hours)

Released in 2020, Samsung A 8.4 got a lot of things right. Firstly, it comes with a 1920×1200 resolution screen tuning it up to 270 ppi. This means that you’ll be able to actually view 1080p video, unlike most of the entries in this list.

 And, if you are just going to be watching YouTube and want a cheap tablet, no need to look further; you’ve got the winner: buy this one. But, if you decide to do anything more with your tablet, we would like to recommend something more powerful. This is because this tablet can run only Android 11. It’s no longer supported. 

You can still get the apps, but you can’t get the latest app versions that are created for Android 13 or newer.

 So, performance is abhorrent, to say the least. The tablet can be super laggy when performing heavy tasks. But it handles well things like light gaming, social media, web, etc. 

The cameras are actually pretty good, though, since it comes in at 5 megapixels and actually leads it to be quite nice for video calls.

Overall, it’s a good tablet, very cheap, it’s 8.4-inches big, but the biggest problem is that is no longer supported, if that doesn’t bother you it’s a solid choice, with decent build. 

 

Pros
  • Has an LTE variant
  • One of the best displays in this list
Cons
  • No longer supported
  • The speakers aren’t great
  • WiFi signal strength is relatively weak due to old chipset

8-Inch Tablet vs 7-Inch Tablet: Which Is Better?

7-inch tablet vs 8-inch tablet

Bigger isn’t always better. When you’re shopping for a TV, it makes sense to go bigger because it will be stationary on your TV stand.

However, when it comes to tablet screens, it’s a bit different. You’ll often hold the tablet in your hands while watching unless, of course, you have a stand. In most scenarios, you’ll be holding your tablet, and the larger it is, the heavier it gets. With added weight, your hands can tire more quickly.With an 8-inch tablet, you get bigger screen real estate, but it’s also a bit heavier. Smartphones are designed in the perfect size to fit our pockets, but you won’t be able to fit 7-inch or 8-inch tablet into your pocket. With the 7-inch tablet, you will get a bit smaller screen that won’t fit in your pocket anyways, and it will be a bit lighter.

I personally believe an 8-inch tablet is a better choice, but of course, it’s subjective, and there are more tablets to choose from in the 8-inch category; they have better processors, they have more storage, and they are faster.

Which Is The Lightest 8-inch Tablet?

Tablet:Weight
iPad Mini 60.65lbs
Lenovo Legion Y700 (2023)0.77lbs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A90.73lbs
Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro0.67lbs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite0.8lbs
Amazon Fire HD Plus 80.75lbs
Lenovo Tab M80.67lbs
Amazon Fire HD 80.74lbs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.40.68lbs

iPad Mini 6 is the lightest 8-inch tablet. Weighting only 0.65lbs the WiFi model. The WiFi + Cellular model weighs a bit more: 0.66lbs.

Why I Ranked The iPad Mini(8.3″) 6th gen Above The Amazon Fire 8 Plus(8″)

The iPad Mini 6 trumps the Amazon Fire 8 Plus in every meaningful capacity.

  • It has a better display 🖥️
  • It has a better processor ⚡
  • It has stylus support ✏️
  • It has better software 👨‍💻
  • It has a better camera 📷
  • It has better speakers 🔊

Both of the tablets have excellent battery life. 🔋

All in all, they are both great tablets, but the iPad Mini 6 offers a bit more of everything. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better for everyone. If you just want a tablet for video-watching, e-reading, or other basic tasks, Amazon Fire makes a lot more sense. It’s also a lot cheaper than the iPad Mini 6.

iPad Mini Costs ~$499, while Amazon Fire costs ~$134

Is There a 9-inch Tablet?

In April 2023, Lenovo introduced the impressive Lenovo Tab M9.

Notably, it stands out since it’s the only 9-inch tablet from respactable tablet brands, making it a unique choice for tech enthusiasts.

9-inch tablet
Lenovo Tab M9
  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a sharp 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
  • Powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 processor for seamless performance
  • Offers up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage
  • Equipped with a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera to capture your precious moments
  • Features dual stereo speakers for an immersive audio experience
  • Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for versatile connectivity options
  • Boasts a slim and lightweight design, making it highly portable
  • Features a long-lasting battery for extended usage
  • Available in stylish Storm Grey and Platinum Grey color options

Alternative Sizes

8-inch tablets are considered in the small category of tablets, but there are even smaller ones, there are a lot of tablets to choose from in the mid-range area (10-11 inches), and there are quite a few in the large screen category(12 inches and above.

Take a look at these categories:

7-inch tablets
10-inch tablets
12+-inch tablets

Verdict: What’s The Best 8-inch Tablet?

At present, there are no competitors for the iPad Mini 6 in the 8-inch category of tablets. It’s boasting an impressive 8.3-inch display. It stands out with its exceptional screen quality, robust battery life, and superior audio performance compared to other tablets in this category. Moreover, none of its competitors can match the processing power of the iPad Mini, making it capable of handling even the most demanding games and a wide range of applications.

All of us have different preferences, but this is my list and here are my top picks:

  • iPad Mini 6 Is the best overall.
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is the best budget pick.
  • Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro is my personal favorite. (It surprised me)

The Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini really surprised me. It costs less than $200 but offers value as it would cost $400+.

Best OveralliPad Mini 6
Best BudgetAmazon Fire HD 8 Plus
Editor’s ChoiceiPlay 50 Mini Pro

The tablets on the list cost anywhere from $100 to $499. If you decide to go for a cheaper option, I suggest you lower your expectation of what the tablet is capable of, don’t use your brand new premium smartphone as a comparison.

Most of the tablets on the list are for basic tasks: web browsing, email checking, lightweight apps, video and movie watching, and, of course, games, but if you want to game on your 8-inch tablet, I suggest picking a tablet with a power processor.

8-inch tablets are bigger than smartphones but are considered small in the tablet category.

Due to their size, they are portable and lightweight, making them a great gadget for traveling.

With an 8-inch tablet, you can play games, watch movies, browse the web and social media, get some reading done, and give it to your kids to get an hour of peacetime.

The 8-inch tablet market has shrunk over the years because smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, eliminating the need for small-size tablets.

ipad mini compared to iphone size 8inch tablet vs iphone 6 inch

Where To Buy 8-inch Tablets?

You can buy 8-inch tablets from a variety of retailers, both online and in physical stores. Here are some popular options:

Amazon
BestBuy
Wallmart
Ebay
etc.

FAQ

Is there an 8-inch Windows tablet?

There’s an 8-inch tablet running Windows operating system. It’s called KBJPADS W801. It costs ~$199.

Is there an LG 8-inch tablets?

Yes, there’s a LG G Pad 8.0 that was released in 2014 and is discontinued for years now, you can’t update it to the latest software, but you can still buy it in some used technology marketplaces.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.