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Like any other tech gadgets such as smartphones and laptops, tablets tend to be a costly investment. But of course, there is always a cheaper alternative -- one that offers a good deal of specs and features at a fraction of the price.

Is it worth buying a tablet?

Smartphones may be great and many are embracing larger screen sizes stretching between 6 and 7 inches. Not to mention the combination of bezel-less display and a wider aspect ratio averaging at 18:9 has since become a common sight.

But for a bigger and more productivity-focused tool, tablets are portable hybrids of aL smartphone and laptop. With screen sizes between 8 to 10 inches that do not look too big or too small, tablets are great for viewing web pages, watching movies or playing mobile games on the go.

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What is a tablet good for?

Tablets are also useful for those who do not want to carry a laptop in their backpack. Not only they are considerably lightweight by comparison, but you can connect your tablet with a wireless portable keyboard for a better and easier typing experience.

You can make use of a tablet for mobile presentation purpose while say, meeting your client in a café. They are even great for e-reading, given their bigger screens that you don’t have to squint your eyes at every text.

Now, back to our topic regarding budget-friendly tablets, we have rounded up the best tablet for your respective needs.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Best budget 10-inch Android tablet - also good for Netflix

Price from RM809.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM899.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM809.00

An all-around Android tablet with a wallet-friendly price, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 packs a large 10.1-inch display for a great viewing experience. Housing an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage that’s expandable, you can now watch all your favourite shows on-the-go.

Given its WUXGA resolution at 1920 x 1200 pixel and an aspect ratio of 16:10, the vibrant colours on the wide screen offers an immersive experience while watching Netflix or YouTube channel. Coupled with a massive 6,150mAh battery, you can enjoy continuous video playback or other mobile multitasking up to a solid 10-13 hours.

2. Chuwi Hi10 Air

Best budget Windows tablet - good for drawing and note-taking

Price from RM729.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM999.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM729.00

Here’s a portable yet affordably-priced tablet that runs on Windows 10 OS - the Chuwi Hi10 Air. It features a 10” display with an Intel Cherry Trail chipset, 64GB of onboard storage and 4GB of RAM. Then, there’s the display, all bright and vibrant to look at, thanks to its 1920 x 1200 screen resolution with IPS technology.

The Chuwi Hi10 Air also supports a stylus pen, which particularly comes in handy for those who want to sketch or take notes. And at just 522g and 8.5mm thick, the tablet is lightweight enough to carry with you anywhere.
Other highlights include a durable 6,500mAh battery, a sturdy metal unibody design and various connectivity options such as a USB Type-C port, microSD reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

3. Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Best budget gaming tablet - has a long battery life

Price from RM899.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM899.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM899.00

This performance-driven Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus packs all the essential goodies in a tablet for your mobile gaming needs. This includes a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a large 10.1-inch IPS display at a vibrant 1920 x 1200 pixels. The widescreen’s 16:10 aspect ratio completes your mobile gaming experience.

Since mobile gaming tends to drain the battery faster, rest assure that the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus is able to sustain for long hours. The result? An incredible 10+ hours, thanks to its huge 7,000mAh battery capacity. 

Finally, the tablet’s overall lightweight body at just 475g ensures better portability wherever you go.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen

Best budget tablet with stylus - also good for PUBG

Price from RM1,099.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM1,099.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM1,099.00

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 comes with a pressure-sensitive S Pen, which has a soft tip that makes writing and sketching on a tablet feels natural and comfortable. The tablet also comes with a dedicated slot that allows you to store the pen safely when not in use.

Specs-wise, expect a full HD+ resolution with an IPS technology that offers you better viewing angles and good colour reproduction. The tablet also offers an Exynos 7904 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage to ensure smooth performance of even heavy apps like the game PUBG. 

If you worried about running out of space, there is a microSD slot to support up to 512GB of storage.

5. Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite

Best budget tablet with good screen

Price from RM928.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM928.00

The Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite sports a vivid-looking 1920 x 1200 resolution, complete with a 16:10 aspect ratio for a wider viewing angle. Its overall screen brightness is bright enough for most indoor conditions with a decent enough colour reproduction.

True to its name, the Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite only weighs as light as 310g. Key features include a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, a 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage that’s upgradable via microSD slot. For such a price point, it comes with the reputable sound quality of Harman/Kardon-enhanced speakers.

6. Amazon Fire HD 8

Best budget tablet for reading - also good for viewing PDFs

Price from RM269.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM269.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM269.00

If your tablet is primarily used for reading purposes, here’s an insanely-affordable tablet you might want to consider: the Amazon Fire HD 8. Suitable for reading e-books or PDF files, it packs an 8-inch screen that isn’t too big or small with a reasonably vibrant display at 800 x 1280 pixels.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is equipped with 16GB of onboard storage but it has a microSD slot that allows you to expand your space of up to 256GB. The 3,210mAh battery life is just as impressive, capable of sustaining up to 12 hours of continuous use.

7. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Best budget Chinese tablet

Price from RM799.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM899.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM799.00

If there’s one thing about Chinese tech products regardless of smartphones or tablets, you can find a feature-packed device at a reasonable price. Among the prime example is the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, which sports an 8-inch display with a vibrant resolution at 1200 x 1920 pixels.

In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is both slim and comfortable enough to hold for an extended period. It runs on a mid-range Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The massive 6,000mAh battery gives you ample hours of mobile experience regardless of web browsing or multimedia purposes.

8. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus

Best budget tablet with good camera

Price from RM1,198.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM1,198.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM1,299.00

If you don’t mind splurging a little more, here’s the big brother of Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 with a “Plus”. This tablet comes in a larger 10.1-inch screen while adopting the same Snapdragon 660 processor. The biggest exception is the additional NPE (nerve processing engine) that helps to ensure your tablet runs smoother and lag-free.

Now comes the camera; the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus packs a dual-camera setup including a 13MP rear shooter and 5MP front-facing lens. The camera comes with numerous features such as HDR and facial recognition. 

Accompanying that is its sharp and bright 1920 x 1200 screen resolution while the huge 8,620mAh battery capacity provides sufficient juice for longer hours of usage.

9. Lenovo Tab M10

Best budget tablet with parental control

Price from RM799.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM799.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM799.00

Worry about what your kids might see while using a tablet? With Lenovo Tab M10’s integrated parental control features, it allows you to set up a child user account that restricts certain accesses such as videos, music and games.

As for the rest, the Lenovo Tab M10 packs a Snapdragon 429 quad-core processor that runs on 2GB of RAM with 16GB of onboard storage. Fortunately, there’s a microSD slot which allows you to expand up to 256GB.

The 10.1” HD display together with Dolby Audio dual front-facing speakers provides reasonably crisp sound quality, making movies, listening to music or playing mobile games pleasant and smooth.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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