Best 7 to 8 Inch Tablets

Below we review our picks for the best 7-inch to 8-inch tablets including Android and Apple iOS models. At the bottom of this article we also have a spec comparison chart so you can easily compare one tablet versus another.

If you want a device that you can carry with you everywhere, consume media like music and movies, browse the web, use apps, and play games then a small tablet might be for you. You might say your smart phone can do all those things, but don’t you get tired of looking at that tiny screen?

The small tablet sizes we are reviewing here are those whose screens range from 7-inch to 8-inch (well technically 8.4 inches). For those of you looking for an even bigger screen check out our top picks in the 9-inch to 10-inch range and those even larger.

With prices ranging from about $50 to $500, there are both high-end tablets with amazing performance and dazzling displays to those that are more affordable that get the job done, but don’t look as nice or perform quite as well. 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 4G data. 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.


9.4
#1)

Apple iPad Mini 4

Estimated Price: $399.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7.9, 2048 x 1536, 324
Weight, Size (in): 0.65 lbs, 8 x 5.31 x 0.24
Operating System: iOS 9
Processor, RAM: Apple A8, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16, 64, or 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 10.5 hrs

We chose the Apple iPad Mini 4 as the best 8-inch tablet. It is beautifully designed, lightweight, thin, and the performance will not lag. Although at $400 it is the most expensive model on our list, so for just a bit more money you could step up to the Apple iPad 9.7 or similar device.


9.3
#2)

Huawei MediaPad M3

Estimated Price: $299
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8.4, 2500 x 1600, 359
Weight, Size (in): 0.7 lbs, 8.48 x 4.89 x 0.29
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor, RAM: Kirin Octa-core 2.3 GHz, 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8.7 hrs

We selected the $299, 8.4-inch Huawei MediaPad M3 as the best small Andoid tablet. It has the most pixels per inch of any model on this list at 359 on its 2500 x 1600 screen. The 4 GB of RAM is also the most you can find in a tablet this size.


9.3
#3)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Estimated Price: $297.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 2048 x 1536, 320
Weight, Size (in): 0.58 lbs, 7.82 x 5.31 x 0.22
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor, RAM: Exynos 7 1.9 GHz, 3 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 7.8 hrs

The $298 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 could just as easily be our choice for second best small tablet and is a worthy contender to the iPad Mini 4. This Android device is the thinnest and lightest 8-inch tablet on the market at just .22 inches thick and weighing just .58 pounds. It has outstanding performance, however the battery life was bit disappointing with some tests coming in at under 7 hours.


9.2
#4)

Nvidia Shield K1

Estimated Price: $199.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1920 x 1200, 283
Weight, Size (in): 0.78 lbs, 8.7 x 4.96 x 0.36
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor, RAM: Tegra K-1 Quad-Core 2.2GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8.6 hrs

The $199 Nvidia Shield K1 is the best gaming tablet you can buy, if you can find it in stock. This thing was built with gamers in mind and uses the vastly superior Tegra K-1 processor compared to other units this size. You can also get a Shield controller, hook up the device to an HDTV, and play games just like a console experience. While this 8-inch model can handle anything, if you don’t need high end graphics for your use then you might want to consider another choice. Negatives of the Shield K1 include small internal storage at just 16 GB, the cameras are really mediocre, and it does not include a charging/Micro USB cable.


9.1
#5)

Asus ZenPad S 8

Estimated Price: $179
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 2048 x 1536, 326
Weight, Size (in): 0.67 lbs, 8 x 5.3 x 0.26
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Atom Z3580 Quad-Core 1.3GHz, 2 or 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8 hrs

Perhaps the best value 8-inch tablet is the Asus ZenPad S 8 which sells for about $179. It performs strongly enough for most tasks, has a quality design, and great front-facing speakers. However, it comes loaded with unnecessary software and the battery life is just OK at about 8 hours.


8.8
#6)

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016)

Estimated Price: $89.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1280 x 800, 189
Weight, Size (in): 0.75 lbs, 8.4 x 5 x 0.4
Operating System: Fire OS 5
Processor, RAM: Quad-Core 1.3GHz, 1.5 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 11.9 hrs

The best 8-inch tablet under $100 is the Amazon Fire HD 8. Nothing about this model will blow you away, but it does get solid battery life of around 12 hours and if you belong to Amazon Prime video service then you might as well take advantage of that with this cheap tablet.


8.7
#7)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Estimated Price: $147.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1024 x 768, 160
Weight, Size (in): 0.69 lbs, 8.2 x 5.43 x 0.29
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 1.5 or 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 11.8 hrs

A cheaper Samsung 8-inch tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 at around $148. It uses cheaper components that downgrade the overall performance of the unit, but the most disappointing feature of the Tab A is its low resolution screen of just 1024 x 768 pixels and 160 ppi. However, those features do boost battery life to around 11.5 hours.


8.6
#8)

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8

Estimated Price: $169.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8, 1280 x 800, 189
Weight, Size (in): 1.03 lbs, 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.33
Operating System: Android 5.1
Processor, RAM: Snapdragon 1.3GHz quad-core , 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 18 hrs

If long battery life is the most important feature for you, then we highly recommend the $170 Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8. It gets around 18 hours of battery life with mixed use. The innovative design puts a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the of the device which lets you hold, stand, or hang it up. It also has a rotatable 8 MP camera and Dolby Atmos speakers that sound great. On the downside the processor is a bit weak and may struggle with gaming or other processor-intensive programs.


8.5
#9)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0

Estimated Price: $146.24
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7, 1280 x 800, 216
Weight, Size (in): 0.61 lbs, 7.36 x 4.28 x 0.34
Operating System: Android 5.1
Processor, RAM: Quad-Core 1.3GHz, 1.5 GB
Internal Storage: 8 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 11.9 hrs

If you want a 7-inch Samsung tablet then the $147 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is for you. The Tab A 7.0 won’t wow you, but it has decent performance and it gets pretty good battery life of almost 12 hours.


8.1
#10)

Amazon Fire 7"

Estimated Price: $49.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 7, 1024 x 600, 171
Weight, Size (in): 0.69 lbs, 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.4
Operating System: Fire OS 5
Processor, RAM: Quad-Core 1.3GHz, 1 GB
Internal Storage: 8 or 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 7.9 hrs

If you just want a really cheap tablet or a tablet that costs under $50 then the Amazon Fire 7″ is the right model for you since it only costs $49.99. Obviously at this price, it does not really compare to more expensive devices in terms of performance or the display. However, it is a good choice for kids or anyone who just wants to do basic tasks like web browsing, watching videos, or checking email.


7 to 8 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*
Apple iPad Mini 4 9.4 $399.99 0.65 lbs 8″ 5.31″ 0.24″ 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 324 iOS 9 Apple A8 2 GB 16, 64, or 128 GB No Proprietary Lightning Connector Yes Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0 4G LTE available Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS (3G/LTE model only) 8 MP 1.2 MP 1080p Yes Yes Yes Yes 10 hrs 10.5 hrs
Huawei MediaPad M3 9.3 $299.00 0.7 lbs 8.48″ 4.89″ 0.29″ 8.4″ 2500 x 1600 359 Android 6.0 Kirin Octa-core 2.3 GHz 4 GB 32 or 64 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.1, A2DP No Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 8 MP 8 MP 1080p@30fps Yes Yes Yes Yes 12.5 hrs 8.7 hrs
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 9.3 $297.99 0.58 lbs 7.82″ 5.31″ 0.22″ 8″ 2048 x 1536 320 Android 6.0 Exynos 7 1.9 GHz 3 GB 32 or 64 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.1, A2DP 4G LTE available Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 8 MP 2.1 MP 1440p Yes Yes Yes Yes 8 hrs 7.8 hrs
Nvidia Shield K1 9.2 $199.99 0.78 lbs 8.7″ 4.96″ 0.36″ 8″ 1920 x 1200 283 Android 6.0 Tegra K-1 Quad-Core 2.2GHz 2 GB 16 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band v4.0, A2DP No Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 5 MP 5 MP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9 hrs 8.6 hrs
Asus ZenPad S 8 9.1 $179.00 0.67 lbs 8″ 5.3″ 0.26″ 8″ 2048 x 1536 326 Android 5.0 Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core 1.3GHz 2 or 4 GB 32 or 64 GB microSD up to 128 GB USB Type C USB Type C No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac v4.0 No Yes, GLONASS 8 MP 5 MP Yes Yes No Yes Yes 8 hrs 8 hrs
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) 8.8 $89.99 0.75 lbs 8.4″ 5″ 0.4″ 8″ 1280 x 800 189 Fire OS 5 Quad-Core 1.3GHz 1.5 GB 16 or 32 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n v4.1, A2DP No No 2 MP VGA 720p Yes Yes Yes No 12 hrs 11.9 hrs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 8.7 $147.99 0.69 lbs 8.2″ 5.43″ 0.29″ 8″ 1024 x 768 160 Android 5.0 Quad-core 1.2 GHz 1.5 or 2 GB 16 or 32 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band v4.0 4G LTE available Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 5 MP 2 MP 720p Yes No Yes No 12 hrs 11.8 hrs
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 8.6 $169.99 1.03 lbs 8.3″ 5.7″ 0.33″ 8″ 1280 x 800 189 Android 5.1 Snapdragon 1.3GHz quad-core 2 GB 16 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0 No Yes w/ A-GPS 8 MP 8 MP Yes Yes No Yes Yes 18 hrs 18.1 hrs
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 8.5 $146.24 0.61 lbs 7.36″ 4.28″ 0.34″ 7″ 1280 x 800 216 Android 5.1 Quad-Core 1.3GHz 1.5 GB 8 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0 No Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 5 MP 2 MP 720p Yes No Yes No 13 hrs 11.9 hrs
Amazon Fire 7″ 8.1 $49.99 0.69 lbs 7.5″ 4.5″ 0.4″ 7″ 1024 x 600 171 Fire OS 5 Quad-Core 1.3GHz 1 GB 8 or 16 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.1, A2DP No No 2 MP VGA 720p Yes No Yes No 8.4 hrs 7.9 hrs
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 8 $112.46 0.68 lbs 7.6″ 4.6″ 0.42″ 7″ 1024 x 600 170 Android 4.4 Quad-Core 1.3GHz 1 GB 8 GB microSD up to 128 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0 No Yes 2 MP VGA VGA Yes No Yes No 12 hrs 10.1 hrs
ASUS ZenPad 7 – Z170C 8 $72.99 0.58 lbs 7.4″ 4.3″ 0.37″ 7″ 1024 x 600 172 Android 5.0 Intel Atom Quad-Core 1 GB 16 GB microSD up to 64 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0 No Yes w/ A-GPS, GLONASS 5 MP .3 MP Yes Yes No Yes No 9.9 hrs 8.7 hrs
Lenovo Tab 3 8 7.9 $104.59 0.73 lbs 8.4″ 4.9″ 0.36″ 8″ 1280 x 800 189 Android 6.0 MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core 2 GB 16 GB microSD up to 64 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0, A2DP GSM/HSPA/LTE Yes w/ A-GPS 5 MP 2 MP Yes Yes No Yes Yes 15.7 hrs 13.1 hrs
Lenovo Tab 3 7 7.8 $99.99 0.57 lbs 7.5″ 3.9″ 0.35″ 7″ 1024 x 600 170 Android 6.0 MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core 1 GB 8 or 16 GB microSD up to 32 GB Micro USB 2.0 Micro USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes 802.11 b/g/n v4.0, A2DP GSM/HSPA/LTE Yes w/ A-GPS 5 MP 2 MP Yes Yes No Yes Yes 12 hrs 10.2 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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