Many of us are looking for a screen larger than those on our smartphones to catch up on an episode or a YouTube video right before bedtime. While others just want to keep their kids busy for a moment so that they can have a sigh of relief. Such use cases don’t necessarily need a tablet that is packed with the best of the best specifications and in most cases, you can easily get away with an inexpensive tablet costing anything below $200, and at times even $80!
In the Android space, you can get a plethora of options to choose from and many major brands, including Samsung and Amazon, position their tablets in this space. You can get a decently-specced tablet for under $200 which should be good enough for watching movies or some light use like going through your emails and internet browsing.
We have thoroughly tested and reviewed all the tablets mentioned in this list and they all have proved their worth in one department or the other. For a more granular look at any of these devices, you can head to their detailed reviews following the links provided under their respective sections. Now, we shall move ahead.
These are the best budget tablets under $200 in 2019.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
We get that the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 isn’t exactly a $200 device but leaving it out would’ve been a sin for the great value it offers. Holding a price tag of $229, the budget Samsung tablet brings a solid metal build and comes powered by the latest One UI skin based on Android 9 Pie. Its battery life isn’t outstanding but should be fine for your use at home which is usually less taxing.
Over at the front, you are presented with a 10.1-inch full HD screen which looked quite decent in our review. The speakers are only on one side of the tablet but they sound fine while with the uses an octa-core Exynos processor, the tab should get away with most tasks. The base model has just 2GB of RAM which can feel limiting at times.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 Review
Huawei MediaPad T5 10
Chinese tech giant Huawei also has a couple of tablet models in the sub-200 USD segment, one of them is the 10.1-inch MediaPad T5 10 that gives a wholesome experience on a budget. The said display has an FHD resolution and the panel used is of IPS variety. The tablet’s back is made out of metal, instead of plastic, for a better in-hand feel. The base variant of this device also has 2GB of RAM while a variant with 3GB of RAM is also available.
Powered by the mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, you should expect respectable performance levels while the tablet also has a 4G LTE model. It comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI which is unlikely to get any major updates and you won’t find a fingerprint reader either. Plus, the cameras included have nothing to write home about.
Read: Our Huawei MediaPad T5 10 Review
Lenovo Tab M10
The Lenovo Tab M10 is one of the cheapest 10-inch tablets from the company and it gets the basic job done fairly well. A 10.1-inch display takes most of the space on the front and flaunts a full HD resolution. Its display doesn’t stand out in any case but you wouldn’t be left disappointed and similar is the case with its performance as well.
A Snapdragon 450 processor powers the tablet which is just fine for normal day-to-day usage. It comes running Android Oreo without any kind of heavy skin from Lenovo and many will appreciate this aspect. Having said that, the battery life of this tablet is shorter than what you’d come to expect and its speakers are also weak. It is pleasing to know that the company retained the 3.5mm audio jack and included a USB Type-C port.
Read: Our Lenovo Tab M10 Review
Amazon Fire HD 10
It was 2017 when Amazon last announced its Fire HD 10 tablet and it is expected to refresh the device soon. But the 10-inch tablet continues to be our recommendation since it manages to get the basics right while being good at what it is meant to do. For the unaware, the Amazon tab is primarily an entertainment screen which cannot do anymore either owing to the lack of the Google Play Store.
The company uses a decently color-calibrated 10.1-inch full HD display on the tablet that doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles, which isn’t expected either at a starting price of $149.99. This inexpensive device is plagued by a ton of Amazon ads which you can avoid by paying a little more with the price still staying under $200, at least for the cheapest model.
Read: Our Amazon Fire HD 10 Review
Chuwi Hi9 Pro
Maybe unknown to many in the west, Chuwi has continued to be a popular tablet maker from China, thanks to its affordable product pricing. In our review, the Hi9 Pro proved to be a good device for a certain sect of users but you’ll need to go the extra mile and import it from Asia. The biggest plus point of this device is its 4G LTE connectivity over its dual SIM card slots which also supports the calling feature.
For this affordable price, the Chuwi Hi9 Pro gets an 8.4-inch 2K display which, despite looking great when indoors, isn’t bright enough for using under the sun. The product is made entirely out of metal, except for the antenna part, and offers decent performance, though gaming experience wasn’t that appealing. Its overall battery life and speaker quality also didn’t earn any brownie points.
Read: Our Chuwi Hi9 Pro Review
Amazon Fire HD 8
This Amazon tablet is the cheapest one on the list with a tag of $79.99 and for that price, you’re getting a lot. An 8-inch HD display sits on the front and if you’re invested in the Alexa ecosystem, then you get support for an optional Show Mode Charging Dock which, using Alexa hands-free, turns the tablet into a cheaper Echo Show alternative, albeit with a few compromises.
It is entirely made out of plastic making it far less delicate than glass sandwich design and safer for handing it to kids. The Fire HD 8 proved to be a battery champ in our review scoring a running time of 14.5 hours. However, we found its display to be on the dimmer side while its cameras weren’t any good either. Like other Fire-branded tablets, the base model of this one also presents you with a ton of ads.
Read: Our Amazon Fire HD 8 Review