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It’s quite backward to think that tablets are only kids’ gadgets. Even after regular phone updates, tablets are still considered to fulfil many purposes such as watching movies and other videos on a bigger screen, playing games with a better experience or even just checking emails on the go instead of reaching out for a laptop.
In the market full of 7 inches and 10-inch tablets, a new addition of 8-inch tablets seemed a little unique. However, it is still handy as you get a little more screen as compared to 7-inch tablets and more compactness as compared to 10-inch tablets.
Also read: best 7 inch tablet
Comparison of Best 8 Inch Tablets
|Tablet Name||Processor||Editor's Score||Price|
|1. Asus Memo Pad 8||1.33 GHz||9/10|
|2. Fire HD 8||1.3 GHz||8/10|
|3. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3||1.3 GHz||8.5/10|
|4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A||1.8GHz, 1.6GHz||9.5/10|
|5. Nvidia Shield||2.2 GHz||8.5/10|
|6. Apple Ipad Mini Gold||A12 Chip||10/10|
|7. Huawei Mediapad T3||1.4 GHz||8/10|
|8. HP Slate S8||1.8 GHz||9.5/10|
|9. Toshiba Encore 2||1.4 GHz||8/10|
|10. Dell Venue 11 Pro||1.60GHz||9.5/10|
Best 8 Inch Tablets in 2020
1. Asus Memo Pad 8
“Slim And Lightweight”
- 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor,...
- 16 GB Storage expandable by 64 GB with...
- 8-inch HD IPS Display
- Over $270 worth of content and services...
Being one of the lightest and slimmest tablet options in the price range, the Asus Memo Pad 8 comes with a Zen User Interface to make it stand out.
The 1.33 GHz, Intel Atom processor, makes the Asus Memo Pad 8 run smoothly for everyday tasks like web browsing, typing, and checking emails. However, for extensive gaming and multitasking, the tablet starts lagging; thus the 1GB RAM plays out. Even if you want to game on this tablet, it is recommended to close all the background apps for a better outcome.
The performance of the screen is quite outstanding. The 8inch screen is an IPS panel that displays bright, sharp and colour-accurate pictures and videos like a dream. The 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution gives quite a premium touch to the overall features of the tablet.
Design and Portability
The design catches the eye first than any other specification, and it is safe to say Asus Memo Pad 8 tablet has almost all the winning features for this contest. This tablet fulfils the slim-and-thin code of this generation by all means. It is easy to carry as it is just 0.7 pounds. The tablet has rounded edges to give it a soft look.
Asus Memo Pad 8 has a comfortable thin texture at the back that gives you a better grip while holding. The overall build of the tablet looks premium even at such a price. It comes in various colours: purple, white, black and blue.
This tablet contains the right size of bezels around the screen that make it look very high-end. The left and right bezels are quite thin, to make your screen look bigger when holding in portrait mode. While the top and bottom bezels are thicker for resting your fingers when holding the slate in landscape mode.
The button placement is quite confusing, though. At the top, there is a Micro USB port for charging and connecting with other devices along with the headphone jack. At right, there is a volume up, and down button, very close to the power button, users might confuse the volume button with the power button in a hurry.
On the left hand, there is a MicroSD card slot. The speaker placement is at the back on the bottom of the tablet. One drawback of placing the speaker at the bottom is, it blocks the sound when playing games or watching the videos in landscape mode.
The Asus Memo Pad 8 has 5MP back and 2 MP camera with fun modes to play around. The quality of the picture is just satisfactory. However, the depth mode makes the camera stand out considering the price you are paying.
Also, the battery is quite healthy. It lasts for 9 hours with heavy applications, and for moderate use, it can even last for a day! So, take this buddy to your next trip, and it won’t budge.
The Asus Memopad 8 is quite affordable for what you get. It is a jam-packed feature gadget that is portable as well. This tablet is the best travel buddy.
2. Fire HD 8
- 8" HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal...
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Hands-free with Alexa, including on/off...
- 1.5 GB of RAM
Amazon’s low price 8-inch tablet, Fire HD 8 is an amazing device until you put it under pressure. Is it more of a refresh for its predecessor rather than a new thing in the market!
With Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, the Fire HD 8 is all set up to be your movie buddy. You can’t ask for more with this processor paired with 1.5 GB RAM. It is all good and well for daily tasks and video streaming, apart from that not even close to satisfactory.
The one interesting thing about the screen that sets its bar a little more from the average is its brightness. The tablet has fair brightness to work outdoors or indoor light sources without straining eyes. Another feature it lacks is colour accuracy. The colours are not sharp and accurate even for the price point.
Design and Portability
The design is comfortable rather than flashy. The Fire HD 8 is made of all plastic, don’t let that get you, it is sturdy for sure. At the back, you can find an Amazon logo and back camera. We’d rather term this design for people who value cash more than the flashy design.
The sides of the tablet are smooth, else the top. At the top, you’ll find volume buttons along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, power button and a micro USB port (yes all at the top!). At the right side of the tablet, it holds a slot for a microSD card, and on the left, there are small cutouts for speakers.
The Fire HD 8 is not the most lightweight tablet out there, but it isn’t that heavy as well. It weighs around 0.75 lbs, which is quite practical to carry around in your school bag.
The battery of the Fire HD 8 is adequate. It lasts around 10 hours, which means you don’t have to rush it for charging every now and then, but also it is not your partner for long travels. However, the battery consumes quite some time to fully charge.
You get 2MP cameras, both at the front as well as at the back. And, what do you expect from 2MP cameras? The pictures captured lack details and colours; rather it gives a blurry, noisy outcome which is unbearable. But, many people don’t buy tablets as the primary gadget to take pictures, so this can be a pass on that term.
The tablet ranks somewhere around average, and the reasons are crystal clear. The satisfactory screen and bad camera make the buying decision hard. But, still, as cheap as it is, you can’t demand more.
3. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3
- A big-screen android tablet optimized...
- 10 point multi touch
- Built-in dual speakers and Dolby Atmos...
- At less than 2 lbs, this ultra-portable...
- Camera : 8 MP 180° rotatable camera
Even with the rotatable camera and the spiny design, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 serves the purpose of tablet well rather than just being fancy. It is packed with all the necessary features that you are looking for in a tablet; nothing more and nothing less.
Like almost all other tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is quite good for surfing the web, checking emails and streaming videos. But, when in the pressure it starts lagging slightly.
With the 1.3GHz processor, the simple mobile games are smooth as butter, and the added stand makes it more comfortable to play laid back games. And, slightly heavier games work good enough too when you close the background apps and stop downloading.
Design and Portability
The design of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is very familiar to the other members of the Yoga Tab family. It is a bit on the chunkier side, mainly due to the spine, with the velvety smooth finish. When held in hand, the grip is quite good too; it feels like you are holding a book.
The spine isn’t for design purposes only. It bears the power button, front camera and speakers. And, the slim side contains a MicroUSB port along with volume buttons.
The design is quite unique and sturdy. The Yoga tab 3 also has a stand that pops out, so you don’t have to hold the device when you are watching something.
The camera of Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is not like other typical ones; It is unique and the best. It has an 8MP camera that rotates 180 degrees on the spine, so it serves as front as well as the rear camera. Apart from the fancy design, the camera itself has a high-quality result. It takes sharp, bright and colour accurate pictures.
The battery claims for this tablet are quite high, i.e., 20 hours. And, fortunately, it holds up to the claims. For basic tasks, the battery lasts around 20 hours, and in extensive usage, it lasts around 14 hours, which is quite great for the price!
If you are someone who doesn’t believe in slim-and-thin is the perfect kind, the Lenovo Yoga tab 3 might attract you in many ways. And, apart from the design, the features and specifications that you get are market-competitive at such price.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A
- 8.0 inches, TFT LCD capacitive...
- 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM, Supports microSD, up...
- Main Camera: 8 MP, AF ; Front Camera: 5...
- SM-P200 - Wi-Fi Only (No SIM Card Slot /...
- International Model, Does not have US...
Samsung has come with some great tablets. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s mini version is the perfect tablet when you need to get the job done on the go.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes with a snappy processor with 2GB making it a little quicker than the tablets with 1 and 1.5 GB RAM at the same price. The tablet carried out basic tasks without even blinking for a second. And even the games worked buttery smooth, but a bit slower response is noticed when a few apps are running in the background.
The 8-inch TFT display of this tablet gives a good result when streaming videos and drawings with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The brightness is excellent; you won’t have any problem working outdoors on this tablet.
Design and Portability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a mix of plastic and aluminium, but mind you, it doesn’t feel cheap; rather, it is quite sturdy and nice. 1.23 lbs might sound a bit heavier, but when holding in hands, it didn’t seem bulky even on a busy train. The button placements are comfortable.
On the right, there is a power button and the volume buttons. At the bottom, a USB C charging port as well as a speaker is located. While on the left, there is a MicroSD slot.
The battery is quite good for a budget laptop. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A lasts around 6-7 hours when playing HD videos at full brightness. However, you can get more out of this tablet’s battery when used in a conservative manner.
The camera is quite ok-ish, the rear camera is 8MP that takes satisfactory pictures in the daytime while the lowlight pictures are blurry. The front camera is 5MP which makes the video calls just passable.
The tablet comes with the Android 9.0 Pie software installed. However, it is upgradable manually. Despite the old software version, you still get a lot of free perks preinstalled.
This compact Samsung Tab A is a very affordable tablet if you want a gadget to keep you entertained with the binge Netflix series and Android games. The decent specifications of this tablet make it a good purchase.
5. Nvidia Shield
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 Processor
- Advanced Android Gaming
- GRID Game Streaming Service
- 16 GB Storage, 8" Full HD (1920x1200)...
- Integrated Stylus
Nvidia is the well-known name in the gaming industry, and with the Nvidia shield tablet, it has proved its presence. It is packed with powerful specifications to make your daily life easier and gaming experience better.
It is the first tablet to hold Nvidia’s very own Tegra K1. The Tegra K1 is a very powerful graphics processor; it is like a dream for gamers. Even though this processor is capable of handling robust games, there aren’t many gaming options to choose from.
There are only a few games that can work on Tegra K1 to dully test its capabilities. The display performance is quite good because it has an IPS panel with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution. It can easily accommodate 1080p, and many gamers don’t even require beyond that.
Design and Portability
The Nvidia Shield Tablet is made up of matte plastic, which looks a little underwhelming, to be honest. And, even pressed, it flexes a little. It has Shield embossed in a glossy finish at the back.
The tablet weighs around 0.75 lbs, which is standard for all the market competitive 8-inch tablets. It is safe to say that it isn’t the lightest tablet around. However, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable even when holding for quite some time.
Nvidia is known for gaming, but the outlook of this tablet doesn’t give away the gaming vibe. It is rather a simple designed black tablet.
The Nvidia shield tablet battery lasted for 10 hours when put under the test of streaming videos in high-quality. Nvidia’s claim that this tablet can last for six hours while playing extensive games is quite true. It didn’t even drop battery percentage while on sleep mode.
The Nvidia Shield tablet comes with a stylus. The stylist can be used for multiple purposes, and it is quite practical. It is a great accessory to include in the box, as many people use tablets for note-taking or for doodling in their free time.
It is a very good deal for what you get; a powerful processor, good display and sturdy design. If you are a gamer and need a side gadget, this might be the one for you!
6. Apple Ipad Mini Gold
Going smaller in size and bigger with the internal hardware, the Apple iPad Mini is going to be the only portable tablet you’d like to consider if you are ready to spend.
Don’t go on its size; it is a beast underneath that Retina display. This small iPad is capable of handling 3D games as well as rigorous productivity apps without blinking for a second.
It inherits the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s A12 Bionic chip, and it is safe to say with that chip it has left many competitors behind. This robust chip makes multitasking buttery smooth without slowing down.
However, the limited screen size makes it a bit uncomfortable in viewing. But, apart from that, this iPad is powerful enough to entertain the needs of on-the-go artists, as it can handle heavy-duty applications like Photoshop and Adobe easily. The Apple iPad Mini has a laminated Retina display that is bright at the same time.
That means the glass on the top of the screen and the screen digitizer is very closely packed, to give better results. And for this reason, when you draw on it with an Apple pen, it seems more natural like sketching on paper.
Design and Portability
Apple has always aimed to go big with the displays, be it phones or tablets. However, they finally decided to come up with a compact size to roam your fingers around the screen easily while holding it. Apart from the size, obviously, it’s mini, the design has little to no changes as compared to previous iPads.
However, it is lightweight, perfect for carrying in your bag or even holds in your hands as it is just 0.6 pounds. Even though the design is sleek and cool to carry around everywhere, the bezels around the screen are thick, which kinda makes it look outdated.
Even though the camera’s specifications hold little to no importance in a tablet, still this mini-sized tablet has an applaudable camera result. It comes with an 8MP back camera and 7MP front camera, which is enough for a tablet. The pictures captured aren’t as good as an iPhone would capture, but for a tablet, the quality is amazing.
The battery performs far more than what it claims. It worked smoothly for 11 hours at screen-on. Also, it works equally good on standby without losing any battery percentages overnight.
Apart from the remarkably good battery health, the battery recharges fast too with fast charging USB-C-to-lightning cable.
The compact size and powerful chipset make Apple iPad Mini a worthy option in our list. It is one of the most selling and likeable tablets, and the reasons are obvious.
7. Huawei Mediapad T3
“Full HD Screen”
- A 4800 mAh battery delivers long-lasting...
- Rear camera: 5 MP and auto focus, Front...
- Made from a solid piece of sleek...
- See the world in crisp and vivid color...
- Delivers power and smooth usability...
Mediapad is a cheaper lineup for Huawei, and the Huawei Mediapad T3 stands firm on that statement.
For the performance, you get the same specifications as it’s bigger brother, i.e., Huawei Mediapad t3 10”. The Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB RAM is great but not something extraordinary. However, it gets the job done.
It comes with an IPS panel with 1280 x 800 pixel Full HD display. Yes, a full HD display is quite obvious in every phone; however, for a tablet, it is a pretty big deal as none of the other competitors offers a full HD at such price. The colours and contrast are good, and there aren’t many reflections making it easier to use outdoors.
Design and Portability
The design of the tablet is premium with the metal back held in a plastic frame. The build quality looks great and feels nice when holding in hands. It comes with two options black and white front.
One unique feature is that it doesn’t hold any chunky home button. All it got is software buttons and the Huawei logo as a replacement for the home button. The bezels of the tablet aren’t thin.
The Huawei Mediapad T3 isn’t very thin, and neither is it the lightest. However, you won’t feel any trouble when carrying. You don’t get a USB Type C port in this tablet. Instead of that, you get a standard USB connector for charging the device and connecting other accessories as well.
On top of the tablet, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack while on the side you can put your MicroSD card in the given slot.
The Huawei Mediapad T3 comes with a 5MP back camera and a 2MP front camera. The front camera is ok for the video call, and the back camera falls in the same average category.
The Huawei uses the same battery as the bigger version of this same tablet. However, the size is small, which means less power is required; therefore, the battery will last a little longer. It lasts up to 13 hours with the video playback with normal screen brightness which is amazing.
With good battery life, sturdy build quality and performance just fine, it’s not the best out there but so isn’t the competition. So, if you are at the same budget range, considering the Huawei Mediapad T3 would be a good decision.
8. HP Slate S8
“Long Battery Life”
- 8 inches Display
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.8 GHz
- 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
- 10.75-hour battery life, 1.0 pounds
HP has earned its name with some of the best laptops out there in the market, but their decision to step in tablet business hasn’t been any different. This feature-full HP Slate S8 Pro tablet is worth every penny.
The HP Slate S8 comes with the Tegra 4 processor, which is known for its robust performance. It makes 3D gaming and high-quality drawing applications work easily as a dream. However, the minor issue is RAM. It comes with only 1GB RAM, which is not enough, a 2GB RAM would have been better to get the most out of such a powerful processor.
Design and Portability
The HP Slate S8 has a polycarbonate build with glass on the front side for the screen. The back is rubberized to give a good grip when you hold it. The back cover is unremovable, just like all other tablets these days.
This tablet is 9.9 mm thick but still torsion-resistant. However, it is quite hefty, i.e.,1 lb as there other options in the same category that weigh lower than this.
It comes with two cameras 8MP at the back and 0.9MP on the front. The back camera is quite decent, however, lacks contrast and noise, sometimes considering the light. And, the front camera is very unusable considering the 0.9MP.
A unique feature that makes this tablet stand out is that you can capture a picture and sync to other devices right away. Also, you can print the documents sitting around anywhere around your house.
The battery life is a plus. It lasts around 11.5 hours, so you can get more fun and get more work done without running out of battery.
Powerful performance but 1GB RAM, good back camera but extremely awful front camera makes the HP Slate S8 tablet a mix and match of pros and cons. But, if we look at the bigger picture, it is overall a good deal at a price!
9. Toshiba Encore 2
“Great Quality Build”
- 8.0-Inch Display
- Intel Atom Z3735G 1.4 GHz Processor
- 32 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
- .84 pounds
The Toshiba Encore 2 is an all-rounder tablet that helps you in on-the-go tasks. You won’t be disappointed with this tablet if you are planning on a movie marathon.
The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet comes with an Intel Atom 1.4 GHz processor paired with 1 GB RAM that is not expandable. The 1 GB RAM is a bummer because it’s not enough to carry out multiple tasks.
With the streaming, reading, writing and other daily tasks, it worked normally. However, one thing was noticeable that it cleared out memory when a few applications were running in the back. So, if you are working on some important task or playing a game and reached a high score, it is not good news for you as the screen will refresh under pressure.
Design and Portability
The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet is among those tablets that are made of the plastic body; however, still, feel sturdy and decent. This tablet is very lightweight and comfortable to use for extended periods. Therefore, it is quite easy to slip it in a school bag or even a purse.
The black and silver colour is a very common colour when it comes to the tablets, the Toshiba Encore 2 breaks those norms with a mix of white and gold colour, and that looks pretty attractive, to be honest. At the back, you’ll find a small Toshiba logo on the side, which is kinda good as it is not spread all over the middle.
The tablet is surrounded by wide equal-sized bezels around the screen, which makes it look a little outdated. It would have been appreciated if there was more screen room in this tablet.
The rear camera of Toshiba Encore 2 is just average as it is only 5MP. In the daylight, it is enough to get the job done. However, in low light, the pictures captured are grainy, noisy and blurry.
The battery health is one of the upsides you can look for. If you are someone who spends most of their day outside without having any access to a charging spot, this is the guy for you. It lasts up to 11 hours in normal usage, which makes it a travel companion.
This tablet is to be ranked as a companion rather than a replacement for a laptop, as it can only handle some light entertainment and productivity apps. So if you want a gadget to keep you entertained while you are on a commute, go for this!
10. Dell Venue 11 Pro
- Intel Core i5-4300Y 1.60GHz Processor
- 8GB DDR3 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive...
- Windows 8.1 Professional 64 bit...
- 10.8 IPS Full HD Touchscreen Display...
Thanks to its long battery life and variable docking options, this much affordable version of the Dell Venue 11 Pro is one of the better Windows 8 tablet values. Add in the keyboard, and you have a compact hybrid that could be used both as a laptop and a tablet.
Dell Venue 11 Pro boasts a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4300Y CPU with 8GB of RAM which makes it more than a capable machine for your daily tasks, add in a 256GB SSD, and you have one snappy machine in your hands. For the graphics, it holds an Intel GT2 GPU which is not the best in the market, but the price to performance-wise is a pretty good deal all together.
Full HD screen makes sure that you have the best video experience while watching movies. The screen maxes out at 389 nits which gives you quite a sharp image. And with an IPS display and Dell’s brightness, you will always get inky darks and light colours.
Design and Portability
The Venue 11 Pro is designed to be rugged, but that doesn’t mean we can’t say it isn’t stylish. The back panel is a soft-touch material that makes it less slippery and doesn’t smudge and attract fingerprints.
The frame is made from sturdy magnesium alloy, which gives this tablet it’s sturdiness and gives a premium feel while holding it. Other than great build quality this tablet is also very versatile, it includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI connector, a microSD card slot and a removable rear to swap batteries.
The Tablet Keyboard plays a huge role in Venue’s versatility, which on top of a full-size keyboard and trackpad adds a second battery as well. Simply clip it on and work it as a laptop or snap the button on the keyboard to detach it and use it as a tablet, Venue has it all covered.
Venue Pro has a 36Wh battery, combine it with a 28Wh unit in the keyboard, and you will have almost 12 hours of battery life on web browsing, productivity tools and video playback. And almost 7 hours when used as a tablet device.
There are no second thoughts that the Dell is a capable machine at the high-end of the Windows 8 tablet market thanks to its sturdy build quality and versatile design, its Intel Core i5 processor and a Full HD IPS screen are easily good enough to get most jobs done. All in all, the Venue remains competitive when accessories are considered.
Here marks our end to the “10 best 8-inch tablets” list. These are almost all the known and mention-worthy products to decide from if you have made up your mind to get an 8-inch tablet.
There are many factors that come in the play when buying a tablet (or any gadget) and endless options out there make the decision process more confusing. However, it is recommended to decide a budget range that you are willing to spend first and then lookout for the best specifications in that given range. This technique will keep your mind at ease if you are torn between the choices.
Last update on 2021-01-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API