Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is easily the best Android tablet to date, headlined by an HDR-ready display, four powerful speakers and an upgraded S Pen that’s included inside the box. The keyboard folio is a worthwhile extra.
It shocks us to say this, but it’s actually a bit too future-proofed in some ways. Its HDR screen looks great, but the trove of promised content from Netflix and Amazon isn’t here yet – at least not on tablets. But that shouldn’t stop you from considering Samsung’s latest and greatest if what you’re after is a top-tier Android tablet.
Google Pixel C
The Pixel C comes loaded with a 10.2-inch display. This makes it one of the smaller convertible options on the market. The iPad Pro features a giant 12.9-inch screen, while the Surface Pro 4 packs a similarly large 12.3-inch display.
This may put off people looking for a bigger tablet, but again reinforces the Pixel C’s travel-friendliness.
The tablet’s 517g weight means it’s fairly comfortable to hold and suitably satchel-friendly, although its front edges are a little sharper than I’d like.
Amazon Fire HD 8 2017
Amazon’s $79.99 new Fire HD 8 (16GB) is the best sub-$100 tablet available right now. With a lower price, stronger Wi-Fi, and better audio than last year’s model, it takes the crown away from its less-expensive sibling, the $49.99 Fire 7. While you shouldn’t expect to compete against the iPad at this price point, the Fire HD 8 fits the bill for media consumption and light gaming, making it our Editors’ Choice for affordable tablets.
Huawei MediaPad M3
Created by HUAWEI, the Kirin 950 powers the HUAWEI MediaPad M3 to new performance heights. Offering superior efficiency, the Kirin 950 gets through even the most computationally intensive tasks with ease. Created on a 16nm FinFET+ process and clocking in at 2.3GHz, the newly designed architecture further boosts memory bandwidth, whilst optimizing energy efficiency, making the HUAWEI MediaPad M3 a class-leading powerhouse.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
Xiaomi hasn’t changed it’s iPad mini rival much but it’s still a good choice for a small Android tablet.
Never fear because there are upgrades and the first is that the tablet now comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The latter helps performance and the additional storage is especially handy as Xiaomi doesn’t offer expandable storage via a microSD card slot.
The processor is different with a move from Intel to a Mediatek MT8176 which is a hexa-core chip (3×2.1 GHz Cortex-A72 & 3×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) and has a PowerVR GX6250 GPU.