Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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Whether you’re looking to get some work done or just casually surf the web, there are plenty of great Android tablets out there that won’t break the bank. No matter your needs, you’ll find a collection of our favorite affordable slabs below. 

Sure, these devices may not be powerhouses of performance, but they’re perfect couch companions, capable of handling most tasks with ease. Look for tablets that offer loads of battery life or a metal construction. The Android tablet market, on the whole, is a bit of a mess once you look outside of Amazon or Samsung, but there are some solid and viable options if you want to spend less than $300. Keep reading the see the best options that are available now. If you think you can afford to spend a bit more, you can also take a look at our guide to the best Android tablets, period. For now, let’s see what you can get when you go cheap. 

At a glance

Best overall

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+

Best overall

Specifications

Display: 10.9-inch LCD;1920 x 1200; 90Hz

Processor: Snapdragon 695 5G

Memory: 4GB / 8GB RAM; 64GB / 128GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 5MP front; 8MP rear

Battery: 7,040mAh

Dimensions: 257.1 x 168.7 x 6.9mm; 1.06 lb

Colors: Graphite, Silver, Navy

Reasons to buy

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Samsung’s trademark industrial design

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Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos

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Great battery life with fast charging

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Expandable storage up to 1TB via microSD

Reasons to avoid

No S Pen support

Limited to Biometric Face Unlock

No water resistance rating

It’s no surprise that Samsung offers the best cheap Android tablet, as the company provides options for every corner of the Android market. Even with newer tablets like the Galaxy Tab S9 lineup, the Galaxy Tab A9+ is no slouch and includes many features you will want.

Starting with the design, this is a slim aluminum slab with glass on the front, which makes for quite a gorgeous form factor. The 10.9-inch LCD display still looks fantastic and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G, paired with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. In terms of storage, there are two configurations available, but the Galaxy Tab A9+ also supports storage expansion of up to 1TB with a microSD card.

Regardless of what kind of device you are looking for, battery life is always a part of decision-making. You won’t be disappointed with this one as you’ll get excellent battery life out of the 7,040mAh battery that charges up quickly with the included USB-C fast charger. You’ll have plenty of time to sit back and take advantage of the quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support for those times you just want to chill out with a movie.

Best small screen

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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2. Lenovo Tab M9

Best small tablet

Specifications

Display: 9-inch LCD, 1340 x 800

Processor: MediaTek Helio G80

Memory: 3GB / 4GB RAM; 32GB / 64GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 8MP rear

Battery: 5,100mAh

Dimensions: 215.43 x 136.76 x 7.99mm; 0.75 lb

Colors: Arctic Grey

Reasons to buy

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Still features a headphone jack

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Great for media consumption

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Expandable storage

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Includes Google Kids Space

Reasons to avoid

Software support ends in 2025

Only up to 4GB of RAM

We have to admit that we’re disappointed to see Lenovo move away from the two-in-one solution with its Smart Tab lineup. Our previous pick, the Smart Tab M8 (Gen 3) offered a Pixel Tablet-like ability to turn into a smart home speaker. However, that model has been discontinued, and the Tab M9 has taken its place.

That’s not to say that there’s not anything to like about this budget-friendly tablet. Lenovo has (mostly) figured out the formula for those in the market for a cheap Android tablet. To some, the Tab M9 might just be the perfect tablet for you, with its lightweight design and a larger 9-inch screen compared to the 8-inch screen from before.

While the HD display leaves a bit to be desired, it’s not like this is going to be your “do everything tablet” anyway. Instead, Lenovo has positioned the Tab M9 as the perfect couch companion, regardless of whether you want to watch a movie or read your favorite book. 

On one hand, we’re happy to see Google Kids Space onboard, and while you can get the Tab M9 with up to 64GB of storage, it still might not be enough. This can be partially solved thanks to the built-in microSD card slot. However, we still wish Lenovo would have opted for at least 128GB of storage with this tablet. 

Best value

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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Best value

Specifications

Display: 8-inch LCD; 1280 x 800

Processor: Mediatek MT8169A

Memory: 3GB RAM; 32GB / 64GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 5MP rear

Battery: Up to 13 hours

Dimensions: 201.9 x 137.4 x 9.6mm; 0.75 lb

Colors: Gray

Reasons to buy

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12 hours of battery life

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Hands-free Alexa

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Wireless charging

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Expandable storage up to 1TB

Reasons to avoid

No access to Google Play Store

Dock must be purchased separately

Cameras are not good enough to be useful

If you want to get started with the Amazon ecosystem, the Fire HD 8 Plus (2022) is a great way to do so. You’ll get a solid Full HD display with either 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

However, the Fire HD 8 Plus has an extra trick up its sleeve with hands-free Alexa. This turns your tablet into another Echo Dot, and you can even get a stand to use it as a smart display. Amazon also introduced a wireless charging dock for the HD 8 Plus, making it possible to turn this into an Amazon Echo Show-like device, but one that you can grab and take with you. There’s even wireless charging available now, along with Amazon finally making the jump from MicroUSB to USB-C.

Unfortunately, the Fire HD 8 Plus isn’t as great as other options on the market, as you will need to purchase the dock separately if you want to turn your tablet into a smart display. The 2MP front and rear-facing cameras are also not great to use and won’t cut it in 2023. Finally, you will have to deal with Amazon’s version of Android and won’t have access to the Google Play Store.

Best for kids

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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Keep the kids occupied

Specifications

Display: 7-inch LCD; 1024 x 600

Processor: Quad-Core 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB / 32GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 2MP rear

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dimensions: 201 x 162 x 28mm; 0.95 lb

Colors: Blue, Purple, Red

Reasons to buy

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Includes bumper case

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Fantastic parental controls

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Includes Amazon Kids+ for a full year

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A 32GB option is available

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RAM upgrade over the previous generation

Reasons to avoid

The screen can feel small

No access to Google Play Store

The kids need something for some entertainment, too, right? But setting them loose on the world wide web isn’t exactly what many parents have in mind. The Amazon Fire 7 Kids is a 7-inch tablet with a big bumper to keep it from breaking with a built-in kickstand to make it easier to use. Amazon’s parental controls make it easier to stay in control of what your kids are accessing online without needing to hover over their shoulders.

With a free year of Amazon Kids+, your children will access over 10,000 books, movies, and games. You can then set time limits and watch what they are playing, watching, and doing on the tablet. It also has a two-year, worry-free warranty. Should anything happen to the device, Amazon will send you a new one — no matter what.

Under the hood, Amazon includes just 2GB of RAM, which shouldn’t present issues, but your kids could run into some bottle-necking when trying to switch between apps quickly. You can also get the tablet with 16GB or 32GB of storage though Chris Wedel’s Fire 7 Kids (2022) review recommends starting with the larger model since the smaller 16GB model has about half of its storage taken up by the OS out of the box. With the Fire 7 Kids tablet, you are provided with a durable, kid-friendly bumper cover available in three fun colors.

Best rugged

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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5. Oukitel RT5

Best rugged

Specifications

Display: 10.1-inch LCD; 1920 x 1200

Processor: MediaTek MT8788

Memory: 8GB RAM; 256GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 16MP front; 16MP rear

Battery: 10,000mAh

Dimensions: 251.2 x 170 x 14.2mm; 1.9 lb

Colors: Black, Orange

Reasons to buy

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Massive 10,000mAh battery

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Complies with IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810G standards

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Dual 16MP cameras

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Storage is expandable via microSD 

Reasons to avoid

Heaviest tablet on this list

Don’t expect the best performance

Physical RAM is only 8GB, listing shows 14GB

One of the big reasons why Amazon’s Fire Kids tablets are so popular is thanks to the included case, aiming to ensure that the tablet won’t break when it’s inevitably dropped. But, what if you’re a big kid who tends to accidentally drop or break your devices? That’s where the Oukitel RT5 comes in, as this behemoth of a tablet is rated to withstand drops from almost five feet. 

The RT5 is designed for those who work in construction, but there’s little doubt that this tablet wouldn’t be up for almost any durability test. Plus, thanks to the massive 10,000mAh battery, which is rated for 50 days of standby time, you’ll practically never have to worry about running out of juice. 

There’s a lot to like, about Oukitel’s RT5, even if you don’t work on a construction site. However, don’t expect this sub-$300 tablet to keep up with the likes of the Galaxy Tab S9 or iPad. It’s powered by the modestly-performant MediaTek MT8788 and is paired with 8GB of RAM. Don’t be fooled by the listed specs, as you’ll likely see 14GB listed. The “extra” 6GB of RAM comes in the way of virtual RAM, but many product listings don’t account for the physical amount. 

Best screen

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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Best screen

Specifications

Display: 11-inch LCD; 2000 x 1200

Processor: MediaTek MTK8188J

Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB / 128GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 8MP front; 8MP rear

Battery: Up to 14 hours

Dimensions: 259.1 x 163.7 x 7.5mm; 1.08 lb

Colors: Gray

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value for the size

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Beautiful 11-inch display

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Expandable storage up to 1TB

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Great battery life

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USI 2.0 stylus compatibility

Reasons to avoid

Play Store needs to be side-loaded

Accessories sold separately

It’s no secret that Amazon’s ability to provide serviceable tablets is unmatched, especially in the budget market. The Fire Max 11 is the king of the Fire tablets lineup, with a gorgeous 11-inch display and 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage. In fact, you can add up to a 1TB microSD card, which should be more than enough for your needs.

Add in the 12 to 14 hours of battery life and USI 2.0 stylus support, and you really have a no-brainer tablet option. There’s even USB-C on board and a new octa-core processor for more power than ever before in a Fire tablet.

Keep in mind that the Fire Max 11 runs an Amazon-centric version of Android, and it doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store. That’s not to say you can’t still download apps. You just have to take advantage of Amazon’s own App Store or side-load the Play Store if that’s okay with you. And if you want max productivity, you’ll have to purchase the Fire Max 11 accessories separately.

Best for productivity

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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7. Lenovo Tab P11 (Gen 2)

Best for productivity

Specifications

Display: 11.5-inch LCD;2000 x 1200

Processor: Mediatek Helio G99

Memory: 4GB / 6GB RAM; 64GB / 128GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 8MP front; 13MP rear

Battery: 7,700mAh

Dimensions: 269.1 x 169.4 x 7.4mm; 1.15 lb

Colors: Storm Grey, Sage

Reasons to buy

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Minimalistic design

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Comfortable display with a 120Hz refresh rate

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Expandable storage

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Quad Dolby Atmos Speakers

Reasons to avoid

Stylus is purchased separately

First-party keyboard is pricey

Battery life isn’t the best

Lenovo is leaning heavily into the industrial design with this minimalistic style on the Tab P11 (Gen 2). The two-tone dual-material of rubber and aluminum gives this tablet a sleek and slim design that looks good while being light enough to not tire you out if you hold or carry it for a while.

Where the Tab P11 (Gen 2) excels is in the flexibility that’s made available, even if you have to pay a bit more. You can pair this with Lenovo’s Precision Pen 2 and detachable keyboard case to get an excellent on-the-go work tablet. Neither of these is found in the box, so you’ll have to pay a bit more, but it’s definitely something worth considering. 

Unfortunately, when securing your tablet using biometrics, you’ll have to settle for an inconsistent Face Unlock, as there is no fingerprint reader. The Tab P11 Plus also lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you will need to use a USB-C audio adapter or pick up an excellent set of wireless earbuds.

Best Chromebook

Best cheap Android tablet 2024

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Best Chromebook

Specifications

Display: 10.9-inch LCD; 2000 x 1200

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2

Memory: 4GB / 8GB RAM; 64GB / 128GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 5MP front; 8MP rear

Battery: Up to 12 hours

Dimensions: 258.04 x 164.55 x 7.9mm; 1.14 lb

Colors: Storm Grey

Reasons to buy

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Download your favorite Android apps

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Up to 12 hours of battery life

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Includes keyboard and kickstand case

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Bright and beautiful 2K display

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Dual USB-C ports

Reasons to avoid

Stylus is sold separately

ChromeOS isn’t for everyone

Performance could be better

Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet 3 is one of the best Chromebooks and makes for a great cheap tablet that runs Android apps. The original Chromebook Duet was released back in 2020, and while it will continue to be supported until 2028, the updated version offers quite a bit more.

With the Chromebook Duet 3, Lenovo includes a kickstand case and detachable keyboard, allowing you to chill out on the couch or get some work done. The only thing that Lenovo doesn’t bundle is a stylus, so you’ll have to pick up a USI stylus for it. And despite the fact that it retails for more than $300, you can usually find this for under that threshold, making it an easy choice for this roundup.

Between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 and its 12 hours of battery life, we found that there’s plenty of power and juice to make it easily through a day or two. Plus, the dual-speaker system sounds much better than you might expect from an 11-inch tablet. You might need to get used to the ChromeOS platform, but you’ll still have access to all of the best Android apps courtesy of the Google Play Store.

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What to look for in a cheap Android tablet

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When it comes to buying a new device, whether it’s one of the best Android phones, the best Chromebooks, or anything in between, there are a few factors to keep in mind. The first of which is identifying a reason for buying the tablet. 

Do you want a cheap Android tablet that has a great screen for media consumption? Maybe you want something that your kids can enjoy with plenty of parental controls. Or maybe you need a tablet that pulls double-duty and is great for answering emails, but can also transform into a portable Xbox Game Pass machine.

Price-to-performance is always a key factor in any decision, meaning that just because a tablet is more expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best out there. That more expensive tablet could have an incredible display with all of the bells and whistles from a feature-set perspective. But if the internals don’t match with the externals, then you might end up being disappointed.

With this roundup, we took a look at every Android tablet priced under $300 and made our decisions based on what we would look for. There are a lot of tablets that come in under the price threshold, but not all of them are really worthy of consideration. 

What’s the best cheap Android tablet overall?

Finding the best Android tablet in the “budget” market is a bit odd. This is partly because our smartphones come close to the size of a smaller tablet, and a budget-minded tablet can’t hold a cup of tea to the flagship smartphones. With a slight discrepancy between the two, it’s tough for users to spring for another device when they can already do everything the tablet can and, in most cases, in a better capacity. Plus, the market is eclipsed in part by Apple’s iPad, which is ahead of the curve in terms of tablet technology.

While a few things could be improved, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is our favorite “cheap” Android tablet. You get a great design, a beautiful display, and fantastic battery life in a slim and lightweight package. Samsung has even included quad-Dolby Atmos speakers that will fill the room and give you the “punch” that you need. 

Keep the kids occupied

Specifications

Display: 7-inch LCD; 1024 x 600

Processor: Quad-Core 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB / 32GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 2MP rear

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dimensions: 201 x 162 x 28mm; 0.95 lb

Colors: Blue, Purple, Red

Reasons to buy

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Includes bumper case

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Fantastic parental controls

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Includes Amazon Kids+ for a full year

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A 32GB option is available

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RAM upgrade over the previous generation

Reasons to avoid

The screen can feel small

No access to Google Play Store

Keep the kids occupied

Specifications

Display: 7-inch LCD; 1024 x 600

Processor: Quad-Core 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB / 32GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 2MP rear

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dimensions: 201 x 162 x 28mm; 0.95 lb

Colors: Blue, Purple, Red

Reasons to buy

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Includes bumper case

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Fantastic parental controls

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Includes Amazon Kids+ for a full year

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A 32GB option is available

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RAM upgrade over the previous generation

Reasons to avoid

The screen can feel small

No access to Google Play Store

Keep the kids occupied

Specifications

Display: 7-inch LCD; 1024 x 600

Processor: Quad-Core 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB / 32GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 2MP rear

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dimensions: 201 x 162 x 28mm; 0.95 lb

Colors: Blue, Purple, Red

Reasons to buy

+

Includes bumper case

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Fantastic parental controls

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Includes Amazon Kids+ for a full year

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A 32GB option is available

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RAM upgrade over the previous generation

Reasons to avoid

The screen can feel small

No access to Google Play Store

Keep the kids occupied

Specifications

Display: 7-inch LCD; 1024 x 600

Processor: Quad-Core 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB / 32GB Storage w/ microSD card slot

Cameras: 2MP front; 2MP rear

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dimensions: 201 x 162 x 28mm; 0.95 lb

Colors: Blue, Purple, Red

Reasons to buy

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Includes bumper case

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Fantastic parental controls

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Includes Amazon Kids+ for a full year

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A 32GB option is available

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RAM upgrade over the previous generation

Reasons to avoid

The screen can feel small

No access to Google Play Store

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