The Samsung Galaxy S22 flagships may have hogged the limelight at the brand’s Galaxy Unpacked event last week, but we were equally excited about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is probably the best Android tab to pick right now. However, if you’re looking to buy a tab and have a different price point in mind, here are some of the best options to consider:
Apple iPad Pro : It’s the most formidable iPad with the processing power and a spec sheet that can knock out many premium laptops. The Apple iPad OS has also enhanced the productivity capabilities of the iPad. The 2021 iteration the Pro is powered by the ultra-quick M1 chip that is the heartbeat of the newer Macs. It sports an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display in two sizes: 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The rear-cam set up now includes a 12MP lens that also shoots 4K video, and a new 10MP ultra-wide cam that zooms out two times for a much wider field of view. (From Rs 71,900)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra: It’s the expansive 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that has our attention. This is probably the tablet display to beat right now. Samsung has expanded the screen:body ratio with ultra-thin bezels (just 6.3mm) that make it truly immersive. It’s backed by a 4nm chip with expandable storage up to 1 TB with an optional micro SDcard. While the Tab S8 Ultra’s India price hasn’t been revealed yet, you can pre-reserve this device on the Samsung India website.
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: The P11 Pro tab makes a strong pitch for a work+play device. It’s remarkably thin—at just 5.8mm and weighs under 500gm—with a unique dual-tone finish and a keyboard pack crafted with high-quality fabric.
The 11.5-inch OLED display (2560×1600 pixels) with Dolby Vision and HDR support is just what you need for those Netflix binge sessions. It has the hardware to get stuff done—a Qualcomm 730G Octa-core processor, 6GB RAM, 128 GB of onboard memory, and a robust 8600mAh battery. (Rs 41,999)
Small Tablet Space
Apple iPad Mini: The iPad Mini has almost been unrivalled in the small tab segment; perfect for flipping through e-books or gaming. The Mini gets a complete makeover with a new 8.3-inch display that shaves off the bezels and maintains its compact footprint despite a larger display. Just like the revamped iPad Air, Touch ID is now added to the power key, making it easy to unlock.
At its heart is the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the new iPhone 13 quartet. The camera gets an overhaul but it’s the USB-C port and support for the latest Apple Pencil that makes it extra handy. (From Rs 46,900)
Tabs Under Rs 20K
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: The A8 tab sports a 10.5-inch WUXGA (widescreen ultra-extended graphics array) display (1920 x1200 pixels) that’s perfect for WFH mode or online classes. Dolby Atmos surround sound on the quad speakers adds to the tab’s entertainment cred.
Samsung has improved the design aesthetic over its predecessor (the Tab A7) and kitted it with a faster Unisoc Tiger T618 chipset under the hood. It’s measure under 7mm and weighs about 500gm, making it both portable and comfortable to clasp for extended gaming sessions. (From Rs 17,999)
Realme Pad: This ultra-slim tab weighs just 440gm and is 6.9mm thin (Rs 15,949), you can slip it into your thinnest tote. The tab boasts a screen:body ratio of 82.5 percent; the 10.4-inch WUXGA+ display (2000×1200 pixels) is backed by a robust 7100mAh battery with 12 hours of video playback.
The 18W charger powers up this tab quickly. This tab is propelled by a Mediatek Helio G80 gaming processor. (Rs 15,949)