Best 11, 12, or 13 Inch Tablets

Below you will find our picks and reviews for the best 11-inch, 12-inch, or 13-inch tablets including models with Android, Windows 10, and iOS operating systems. At the bottom of this article you will also find a spec comparison chart so you can easily compare each tablet versus each other.

The largest tablets available today feature screens that are up to 13 inches and could truly be considered laptop replacements. Many are considered 2-in-1’s, in that they combine a tablet with a physical keyboard. Not just for the usual web browsing, games, and apps, these versions are great for getting work done and also provide an amazing visual experience compared to smaller displays.

Some of the disadvantages compared to the smallest models with 7 and 8-inch screens and those between 9 to 10 inches include: less portable, heavier to hold, and much more expensive.

Prices for these super-sized tablets range from about $125 up to over $1200. Buyers should note that the prices we list are for the cheapest option of that model available – you will have to pay more for things like more storage or cellular 4G data. These versions tend to cost more and be geared more towards actual office work, although anyone can still use them around the home like a smaller one. One spec you might really look for is pixels per inch, or PPI, which tells how good your display will look – the higher the better.


9.2
#1)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Estimated Price: $640
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12.3, 2736 x 1824, 267
Weight, Size (in): 1.7 lbs, 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Processor, RAM: Intel Core M, i5, or i7, 4, 8, or 16 GB
Internal Storage: 128, 256, 512 GB, or 1 TB
Expandable Storage: microSD
Average Battery Life*: 8.0 hrs

The best Windows tablet and the best 12-inch tablet is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Starting at $640, it is available in several hardware configurations including Intel Core M, i5, or i7 processors and your choice of 4, 8, or 16 GB of RAM. At 267 ppi, the high resolution screen provides the most ppi on any large tablet, even better than Apple’s new iPad Pro. The main downside is that Microsoft does not include the Type Cover keyboard, so you have to buy that separately. We wish the battery life were just a bit better, but is still decent at about 9 hours.

Overall it is expensive, but the Surface Pro 4 is truly a laptop replacement that works great for anyone who needs a Windows device or just wants a great large-screen tablet.


9.2
#2)

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Estimated Price: $799.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12.9, 2732 x 2048, 264
Weight, Size (in): 1.57 lbs, 12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27
Operating System: iOS9
Processor, RAM: Apple A9x 1.5 GHz, 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 10 hrs

Apple’s newest and larget tablet is the iPad Pro which starts at $799 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version up to $1079.99 for the 128 GB LTE version. We rank the iPad Pro as the best 13-inch tablet. It comes with a powerful A9X processor which provides a lag-free experience that also lets you easily edit 4K video on the go. You can also add the $99 Apple Pencil to draw and sketch. The screen is bright with a 264 ppi display and the battery life is good for about 10 hours. The cons are that iOS does not multitask as well as a laptop operating system and there is no mouse support.

At this price, the Apple iPad Pro is useful for creative professionals, but really expensive for the average user.


9
#3)

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Estimated Price: $699.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12, 2160 x 1440, 216
Weight, Size (in): 1.53 lbs, 11.4 x 7.8 x 0.25
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Processor, RAM: Intel M3-6Y30 Dual-Core 2.2GHz, 4 GB
Internal Storage: 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 9.94 hrs

The $699.99 Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is Samsung’s slim large screen (12 inches) Windows tablet. The AMOLED display is really good, but the Core M processor is a bit sluggish. The Galaxy TabPro S gets about 10 hours of battery life on average. It also includes a keyboard cover.

One other negative of the Galaxy TabPro S is that there is no microSD slot.


8.9
#4)

Acer Switch Alpha 12

Estimated Price: $544.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12, 2160 x 1440, 216
Weight, Size (in): 2.76 lbs w/key, 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.62
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Processor, RAM: Intel i3, i5, or i7, 4 GB or 8 GB
Internal Storage: 128, 256, or 512 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 6 hrs

Starting at $545 the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a 2-in-1 device that offers a 12-inch display and is available with different processor choices including i3, i5, or i7 Intel processors. Overall this Windows device has excellent performance and a solid design with a good detachable keyboard. The display is good, but not quite as vivid as some others in this category.

The biggest weakness of the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is the battery life of just over 6 hours on average. This is better than some laptops, but pretty poor when compared to tablets.


8.8
#5)

Huawei MateBook Signature Edition

Estimated Price: $443.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12, 2160 x 1440, 216
Weight, Size (in): 1.4 lbs, 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.28
Operating System: Windows 10
Processor, RAM: Intel m3 or Intel m5, 4 GB or 8 GB
Internal Storage: 128, 256, or 512 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 7.9 hrs

The $445 Huawei Matebook is the best 12 inch tablet under $500. That price, however, just includes the tablet and you have to pay extra for a keyboard or stylus. It includes Windows 10 and has a fast fingerprint sensor. The screen and speakers are excellent.

On the downside the performance can be a bit lagging at times, especially when launching apps. Also the battery life is just average at about 8 hours of life.


8.7
#6)

Lenovo Miix 510

Estimated Price: $569.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12.2, 1920 x 1200, 186
Weight, Size (in): 2.76 lbs w/key, 11.81 x 8.07 x 0.62
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Processor, RAM: Intel i3-6100U, 4 GB
Internal Storage: 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 6.4 hrs

The Lenovo Miix 510 is another option for a 2-in-1 tablet PC that sells for $569. It has a 12.2-inch display with 186 ppi. One nice feature is the hinged kickstand which gives you a lot of positioning flexibility. The included detachable backlit keyboard is excellent except for a tiny right-hand shift key.

As for negatives, there is no memory card expansion slot and the active pen costs extra. The battery life is also pretty poor at about 6.5 hours on average.


7.9
#7)

Lenovo A12

Estimated Price: $299.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 12.2, 1280 x 800, 118
Weight, Size (in): 2.18 lbs, 11.04 x 8.06 x 0.43
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor, RAM: Atom x5-Z8550 Quad-core 2.4GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSDHC up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 12.5 hrs

A 12-inch Android tablet is getting very hard to find. So if that is what you are looking for then the $300 Lenovo A12 might be for you. The A12 is an 12.2-inch Android 2-in-1 with an attached keyboard that does not disconnect, but can be folded back behind the screen. It remains really thin in that mode so thickness is not an issue. Battery life is really good for a large screen tablet at about 12.5 hours.

However, the keyboard is quite frankly awful. There is also no 5 GHz Wi-Fi, no stylus or digital pad functionality. The screen is low res and performance is a bit weak.


6.9
#8)

RCA 11 Maven Pro

Estimated Price: $114.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 11.6, 1366 x 768, 128
Weight, Size (in): 2.78 lbs, 12.91 x 8.58 x 2.68
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor, RAM: MT8127 Quad-Core 1.4GHz, 1 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD
Average Battery Life*: 6 hrs

An 11-inch Android tablet for $115 sounds pretty appealing. Unfortunately other than the price there is not much to like about the RCA 11 Maven Pro. It is heavy, bulky, and has a low res 11.6-inch screen of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is also lacking in performance and features, but it does include a detachable keyboard which is nice.

Overall if you just want a cheap large Android tablet to run simple apps like browsing the web or just watching videos then the RCA 11 Maven Pro is a decent option for the price. Just know there are far superior devices, although they will cost much more money.


11, 12, or 13 Inch Tablet Comparison Chart

Tablet Rating Price Weight Height Width Depth Display
Size
Display Resolution PPI
(Pixels Per Inch)
Operating
System
Processor RAM Internal
Storage
Expandable
Memory Storage
USB Input Computer
Connector
Fingerprint
Scanner
Speakers Microphone Headphone Jack Wi-Fi Bluetooth Mobile Data GPS Rear-Facing Camera Front Facing Camera Video Recording Accelerometer Gyroscope Ambient Light Sensor Compass Other Feature Claimed Battery Life
(mixed use)
Average
Battery Life*
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 9.2 $640.00 1.7 lbs 11.5″ 7.93″ 0.33″ 12.3″ 2736 x 1824 267 Windows 10 Pro Intel Core M, i5, or i7 4, 8, or 16 GB 128, 256, 512 GB, or 1 TB microSD USB 3.0 USB 3.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0 No No 8 MP 5 MP 1080p Yes Yes Yes No Keyboard sold separately 9 hrs 8.1 hrs
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 9.2 $799.99 1.57 lbs 12.04″ 8.69″ 0.27″ 12.9″ 2732 x 2048 264 iOS9 Apple A9x 1.5 GHz 4 GB 32 or 128 GB No USB 3.0 Proprietary Lightning Connector Yes Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0, A2DP, EDR 4G LTE available Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS 8 MP 1.2 MP 1080p Yes Yes Yes Yes 10 hrs 10 hrs
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 9 $699.99 1.53 lbs 11.4″ 7.8″ 0.25″ 12″ 2160 x 1440 216 Windows 10 Home Intel M3-6Y30 Dual-Core 2.2GHz 4 GB 128 GB No USB 3.1 Type C USB 3.1 Type C No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.1, A2DP No Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS 5 MP 1080p Yes No Yes No Includes Keyboard 10.5 hrs 9.9 hrs
Acer Switch Alpha 12 8.9 $544.99 2.76 lbs w/key, 2.01 w/o key 11.5″ 7.93″ 0.62″ 12″ 2160 x 1440 216 Windows 10 Home Intel i3, i5, or i7 4 GB or 8 GB 128, 256, or 512 GB microSD up to 128 GB USB 3.0 USB 3.1 Type C No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0 No 5 MP 2 MP 1080p Yes No Yes No Detachable Keyboard Included, Stylus sold separately 8 hrs 6.1 hrs
Huawei MateBook Signature Edition 8.8 $443.99 1.4 lbs 10.9″ 7.6″ 0.28″ 12″ 2160 x 1440 216 Windows 10 Intel m3 or Intel m5 4 GB or 8 GB 128, 256, or 512 GB No USB 3.0 Type C USB 3.0 Type C Yes Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO v4.1 No 5 MP 1080p Yes Yes Yes No Keyboard and Stylus sold separately 9 hrs 7.9 hrs
Lenovo Miix 510 8.7 $569.99 2.76 lbs w/key, 1.94 w/o key 11.81″ 8.07″ 0.62″ 12.2″ 1920 x 1200 186 Windows 10 Home Intel i3-6100U 4 GB 128 GB No USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Type C No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0 No Yes, with A-GPS, 5 MP 2 MP Yes Yes No Yes No Detachable Keyboard Included, Stylus sold Separately 8 hrs 6.4 hrs
Lenovo A12 7.9 $299.99 2.18 lbs 11.04″ 8.06″ 0.43″ 12.2″ 1280 x 800 118 Android 6.0 Atom x5-Z8550 Quad-core 2.4GHz 2 GB 32 GB microSDHC up to 128 GB USB 3.0 USB 3.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.1 No Yes w/ A-GPS 720p 720p Yes Attached Keyboard 13 hrs 12.5 hrs
RCA 11 Maven Pro 6.9 $114.99 2.78 lbs 12.91″ 8.58″ 2.68″ 11.6″ 1366 x 768 128 Android 6.0 MT8127 Quad-Core 1.4GHz 1 GB 32 GB microSD Micro USB 2.0 USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n No Yes Yes Detachable Keyboard Included 8 hrs 6 hrs


* Average Battery Life is determined by averaging numerous real-world battery life tests conducted by different websites and/or organizations.


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