Top 10 Best Budget 10-inch Tablets

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Not only do we want affordable tablets but reliable ones too. Here are 10 such tablets that fit the bill. These are tablets from reputable names such as Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Amazon and Asus.

There is never a better time to get a big tablet. Big tablets are better for entertainment, productivity and gaming. While they may be heavier than small tablets, they make up for better handling, usability, ergonomics and visibility.


But what if you are not prepared to fork out for an all-singing all-dancing super tablet up there to rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple iPad Air 2. We search and compare the web for budget tablets that do not cut corners and are just as reliable as the premium alternatives.

10 Best Budget Big Tablets with 10-inch Display

Here is a quick look at our top 10 affordable and best, budget tablets.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch Tablet
  2. LG E10 LG V700 10.1-inch Tablet
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch Tablet
  4. Lenovo A10-70 10.1-inch Tablet
  5. Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet
  6. Lenovo Tab 2 10-inch Tablet
  7. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10-inch Tablet
  8. Linx 1010 Tablet – WINDOWS 8
  9. Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C 10-inch Tablet
  10. Asus TF103c 10.1-inch Tablet

BONUS: Toshiba Encore 2 WT10-A32 10-inch Tablet – WINDOWS 8

A Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at each of these tablets and how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch Tablet – GOOD BATTERY LIFE, SLIMMEST & LIGHTWEIGHT, MORE MEMORY

Just like the smartphone market, Samsung tries to cover all market segments and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is one for the entry level. Available in smoky blue, white or black, this latest offering from Samsung uses the tried and tested screen ratio of 4:3 similar to that of the iPad. The 9.7-inch display is packed with only 1024 x 768 pixels, not even HD but is plenty for most applications.

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As it is an entry level device, it does not have the most powerful processor neither does it have Samsung’s Super AMOLED display but it does come with 1.5GB of RAM memory and 16GB of storage space. It is also the only other tablet that can go against Lenovo Yoga 2’s record battery life at 15 hours. WiFi only version is available with out without S Pen stylus and a WiFi and cellular (4G) model is also available.


  • Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core, Qualcomm APQ 8016
  • Screen: 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 pixels PLS TFT display
  • Memory: 1.5GB DDR3 – MORE MEMORY
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC storage
  • Expansion: MicroSD card expansion up to 128GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP and rear-facing 5MP cameras with 720p HD video capture support
  • Battery: 6,000 mAh Li-ion battery with up to 15 hours usage (Internet) – GOOD BATTERY LIFE
  • Connectivity and Sensors: 802.11 b/g/n Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz, HT40) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi Direct, Micro USB Port v2.0, Accelerometer, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor. Location technology: GPS, Glonass, Beidou.
  • Dimensions and Weight: 242.5mm x 166.8mm x 7.5mm, 450grams – SLIMMEST & LIGHTWEIGHT

LG E10 LG V700 10.1-inch Tablet – GOOD BATTERY LIFE

The LG G Pad 10.1 (v700) tablet features My Launch Pad, the tablet that is aimed at making your life simple, with multitasking, expansive 10.1-inch IPS display, long lasting 8000mAh battery, seamless connectivity with Q pair 2.0 and Knock Code for security and instant access.

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The Tablet is powered by quad-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM enough to power you through every day use and ensure smooth performance.

Customisations such as QPair to connect with an Android Smartphones to send and receive calls and text from the tablet, Dual Window for multitasking with split pane, one for each app with the ability to drag and drop content between window and QMemo to share notes between the tablet and smartphone are great for productivity.

The 10.1-inch screen delivers vibrant colours and details, and together with dual stereo speakers makes the G Pad a good entertainment tablet. For security, there is the Knock Code for secure access giving the tablet the versatility of being business tool as well as for play.

Q pair 2.0 lets you pair with any Android Smartphone. If you are an iPhone user, you will be familiar with the cloud integration between the iPhone and Mac laptop and computer. You can receive important phone calls and text from the tablet.

Dual window mode lets you split the screen for cross tasking. Open two different apps on the tablet and drag and drop content from one window to the other to efficiently use the big display for multitasking.

The smart custom keyboard is more intuitive allowing for easy input, smooth and seamless writing experience. The digital keyboard includes many easy to use features and adapts to your unique writing style.

Another noteworthy feature is the dual stereo speaker offering bigger more powerful sound with less distortion and more detail.

  • Processor:Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 with Adreno 305
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, MicroSD Slot supports up to 64GB
  • Screen: 10.1-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixel resolution with IPS (in-plane switching) technology
  • Cameras: 5MP auto focus rear facing camera with 1080p HD video recording and auto focus , 1.3MP Front facing camera
  • Battery Life: Up to 13.5 hours of mixed use with 2 Cell 8000 mAh Li-ion battery – HIGH CAPACITY, GOOD BATTERY LIFE
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, dual speakers
  • Dimensions & Weight: 260.9 x 165.9 x 8.9 mm (10.27 x 6.53 x 0.35 in), 523 g (1.16 lb)
  • OS:Android™ 4.4 KitKat (Includes free upgrade to Android™ 5.0 Lollipop)
  • Colours: Black or Red

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch Tablet – MORE MEMORY

Equally impressive successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 packs some extra punches with a quad core processor and some extra memory. While the dimensions are nearly the same, the Tab 4 is 23 grams lighter. Better battery life is also slighthly better and it comes with an LTE option. In terms of design, the old Tab 3 has slightly curved edges while the new Tab 4 favours straight lines.

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  • Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM – MORE MEMORY
  • Storage: 16GB, MicroSD Slot supports up to 64GB
  • Screen: 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA TFT
  • Cameras 3MP (Rear) , 1.3MP (Front)
  • Battery Life: 10 Hours (Internet Usage) Li-Ion 6800 mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi 802.11 abgn, BT4.0, GPS
  • Dimensions & Weight: 243.4 x 176.4 x 8 mm, 487grams – SLIM & LIGHTWEIGHT
  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Colours: White, Black

Lenovo A10-70 10.1-inch Tablet

Based on the low cost MediaTek Quad Core 1.3GHz processor with 1GB memory and 16GB storage running Android 4.2 (upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat). It’s best features are the 10.1″ IPS display and front facing dual firing Dolby Digital Plus speakers nicely concealed at the edge of the screens. The 8 hours battery life is reasonable.

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  • Processor: MTK 8121Quad-Core processor, 1.3GHz
  • Screen: 10.1″ HD 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution IPS display
  • Storage: 16GB eMMc built-in storage, 1GB LPDDR3L memory
  • Expansion: MicroSD card expansion up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP and rear-facing 5.0MP cameras
  • Battery: Li-ion polymer battery with up to 8 hours usage
  • Connectivity and Sensors: Micro-USB (with On-the-Go support), 3.5mm audio jack, Accelerometer, GPS, e-compass, Brightness Sensor, 802.11bgn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual front facing Dolby enhanced speakers.
  • Dimensions & Weight: 264.1 x 176.5 x 9 mm (10.40 x 6.95 x 0.35 in), 550 grams
  • OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system (upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat)

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet – LIGHTEST

Changing its focus from high-end to mid-range and entry level tablets, Amazon launched the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 at price points that make even budget tablet makers look twice. With the usual Amazon build quality but even lighter and slimmer, the Fire HD 10 measures only 7.7mm thick and weights 432 grams.

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Build to consume content mainly from Amazon, the tablet’s simple and intuitive interface is bound to be a hit with users that care not for fiddling or tweaking but just want to get in front of their movies, books, magazines and TV shows. Prime members can also download Prime Video movies and TV shows to watch offline.

  • Processor: MediaTek Quad-Core: 2 @ 1.5 GHz + 2 @ 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB, MicroSD Slot supports up to 128GB
  • Screen: 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (149 ppi) with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and advanced polarising filter
  • Cameras 5MP rear facing camera with 1080p HD video recording , HD Front facing camera
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of mixed use
  • Connectivity: Dual band WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions & Weight: 159 x 262 x 7.7 mm (6.3″ x 10.3″ x 0.3″), 432 grams – SLIM & LIGHTEST
  • OS: Fire OS 5 “Bellini” based on Android
  • Colours: Black or White

Lenovo Tab 2 10-inch Tablet – DOUBLE MEMORY, FHD DISPLAY, HIGHEST RESOLUTION

Don’t be fooled by its normal exterior and unassuming slate look, there is a lot of fire power underneath the hood with this tablet. The quad core processor, double memory at 2GB, high resolution front and rear cameras and most importantly the Full HD display with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, the highest in our list.

Lenovo Tab 2 A10 Pearl White Hero

The Lenovo TAB 2 A10 has a brilliant Full HD Screen and multi-speaker Sound Bar enhanced with Dolby Atoms 3D cinema sound making it a great tablet for watching that hot TV season finale, getting in a few laps in a racing game, or listening to your favorite band’s latest album and music video.

The Tab 2 A10 is less than 9mm (.35 inch) thick for maximum portability. And it comes in a brilliant, Midnight Blue color that stylish as well as functional.

  • Processor: 64-bit quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT8165 chipset
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM – DOUBLE MEMORY
  • Storage: 16 GB Flash Memory, microSD slot supports up to 64 GB
  • Display: 10-inches FHD IPS LCD (1920×1200) Display (218 ppi pixel density) – HIGHEST RESOLUTION
  • Cameras: 8MP rear facing and 5MP front facing cameras – HIGH RES. CAMERAS
  • Battery Life: 10-hour battery life with Non-removable Li-Ion 7000 mAh battery
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0,
  • Dimensions & Weight: 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm (9.72 x 6.73 x 0.35 in), 509 grams
  • OS: Android KitKat 4.4 upgradeable to 5.0
  • Colours: Pearl White or Midnight (Navy) Blue

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10-inch Tablet – BEST BATTERY LIFE, HIGH RES. SWIVEL CAMERA

Now in its third generation, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a multi-mode tablet with super long battery life, that is if you can forgive the bulge or what we like to call the rolled canister edge where the battery is stored. It also doubles as speaker chamber for a pair of front firing speakers and rotatable camera.

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The third generation Yoga Tab 3 is all grown up, now in a dark metallic shade but maintains the original design with four ways to use the tablet. This has primarily been the selling point for the Yoga range. A kick stand from the back close to the rolled edge lets you operate the tablet laying on its back in tilt mode, or stood up in stand mode.

The kick stand also flips all the way around to reveal a loop or hole. This together with a suitably sturdy wall hanger, allows the tablet to be hung. Finally, with the kick stand stored away, use the fairly weighted rolled edge as a handle in hold mode. This to some is more comfortable and easier to grip than the conventional tablets that all but want to be super thin.

What is new in this generation and not seen in previous Yoga Tab is the rotatable camera. The 8MP camera can be swiveled 180 degrees and works with pre-loaded software that lets you use gesture to control the camera. Simply open-close your hand to take a shot. The integrated front firing speakers push Dolby Atmos sound for louder, clearer and more dynamic audio, perfect for entertainment.

Another new feature with the Yoga Tab 3 is the Lenovo AnyPen technology. The display detects any conductive object as pen. This allows you to use any pen on the tablet as a stylus to take notes, sketch and draw. Did we mention it has a super long battery life of up to 18 hours, the only tablet that can achieve this, it is the best in-class for those looking to stay away from the wall socket for as long as possible.

A higher model the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pros is also available with Intel Atom x5-Z5800 processor clocking at 1.44GHz with Burst Frequency of up to 2.24GHz and ultra high definition 10.1-inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

  • Processor: Quad Core 1.3GHz Qualcomm APQ8009/MSM8909
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB RAM, MicroSD Slot
  • Screen: 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (149 ppi) with IPS (in-plane switching) technology
  • Cameras 8MP rotatable auto focus camera – HIGH RESOLUTION CAMERA
  • Battery Life: Up to 18 hours of mixed use with 8400 mAh non-removable battery (up to 125 days standby time) – BEST BATTERY LIFE
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS, G-sensor, Vibrator, Hall Sensor
  • Dimensions & Weight: 9.7″ x 0.37~0.13″ x 7.28 (253 mm x 9.5 ~ 3.5 mm x 185 mm), 655 grams
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.0
  • Colours: Slate Black

Linx 1010 Tablet – WINDOWS 8

The overnight success which is Linx came to be with its ultra affordable Windows tablets. Heavily subsidized by Windows and Intel, the Linx range of tablets, available in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch are even cheaper than the Windows licence and Office subscription put together which by the way are included.

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The built quality is good, connectivity options aplenty, display and performance, not something you would expect from a budget tablet. For the 10-inch version you can also an origami case and keyboard from Linx as a bundle for a bit more money.

We prefer the Linx 10 as this comes with double the memory at 2GB compared to its smaller siblings which you would need if you are running a full Windows 8.1 32-bit (with desktop access) and Bing smart search. The bigger 10-inch display also makes it easier when you switch from metro UI to Desktop mode and multitasking.

To make it easier connectivity wise, Linx has included the USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable (micro USB to USB converter) for external USB drives and input device. So all you need is a Mini HDMI to Full HDMI adapter, big scree, Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse and you have your own Windows desktop setup when you are back at base.

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F Quad Core processor up to 1.83 GHz Burst speed (1.33 GHz) 2MB cache
  • Screen: 10 Point Capacitive Multi-Touch IPS LCD 1280 x 800 resolution display
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3L
  • OS: Windows 8.1 32bit with 12 months Office 365 Personal and 1TB OneDrive storage
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC storage
  • Expansion: MicroSD card expansion up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP and rear-facing 2MP cameras with 720p video capture support
  • Battery: 7,900 mAh Li-ion polymer battery with 6- 8 hours usage
  • Connectivity & Sensors: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with Dual antenna, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G or 4G with external USB dongle, WiFi Direct, Micro USB Port, Mini HDMI ports, Gravity Acceleration Sensor (G-sensor), Support for mouse and keyboard both wired or Bluetooth.
  • Dimensions & Weight: 172.6 H x 258 W x 10.5 D (mm) 601 grams

Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C 10-inch Tablet – DOUBLE MEMORY

The new range of tablets dubbed the ZenPad sees Asus streamlining their tablet offering and introducing tablets that uses the new Intel Atom x3 processor. The ZenPad 10 comes in two different version, the Z300C and ZD300C. The later includes a keyboard dock, pioneered by Asus since the Transformer tablet. Apart from the keyboard, everything else is identical.

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The Z300C spots a new stylish design focus on modern, simplistic and clean lines. While the body is plastic, the polished metallic band frames the edge of the tablet giving it a bold visual accent and luxurious feel. The back plate features an embossed leather pattern and rolls over the top edge to round it off for better ergnomics, grip and a premium look.

With a screen to body ratio of 72%, Asus has managed to maintain a bare minimum bezel without compromising handling and usability. This top edge of the tablet when placed in landscape mode also houses dual front firing front speakers with DTS HD Premium Sound, with Asus’s own Sonic Master technology and support for aptX codec making it perfect for entertainment.

For colours, choose from a choice of black, white and aurora metallic finish, each with a unique back plate and body shades.

  • Processor: Intel Atom x3-C3200 Quad Core processor 64-bit with Mali-450 MP4
  • Memory: 2GB RAM – DOUBLE MEMORY
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB or 32GB, MicroSD Slot supports up to 64GB
  • Screen: 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (149 ppi) with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, Corning Glass, Anti fingerprint coating and ASUS Tru2Life technology
  • Cameras 5MP rear facing camera with 1080p HD video recording and auto focus, 2MP Front facing camera (certain models comes with only 2MP rear facing and 0.3MP front facing camera)
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of mixed use with 18Wh non-removable battery
  • Connectivity: Dual band WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.0, Miracast support, GPS & GLONASS, G-sensor, E-compass, Light Sensor, Hall Sensor
  • Dimensions & Weight: 251.6 x 172 x 7.9 mm (LxWxH), 510 grams
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.0
  • Colours: Black, White or Aurora Metallic

Asus TF103c 10.1-inch Tablet

You can get the Transformer Pad TF103c with Keyboard bundled or on its own, with a small price difference. On its own, it is a cheap Android tablet with Asus’s proven track record for built-quality and performance, just look at the Nexus 7.

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Based on the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 quad core processor with up to 1.83GHz speed, there is nothing this tablet can’t do. Not only does the processor performs well, it is also good on the battery with the TF103c running up to 9.5 hours of usage life.

The tablet also supports wireless streaming to the big screen with Miracast. You will need a Miracast dongle or Miracast enable HDTV to support streaming of multimedia content from the Transformer Pad. This is also the new generation Asus tablets that adopts the Asus ZenUI skin with over 1000 upgrades and feature enhancements over the stock Android.

  • Processor: Intel® Atom™ Z3745 Quad-Core, 1.33 GHz, up to 1.86 GHz, 64bit
  • Screen: 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen IPS Panel with 10 finger multi-touch support and anti-fingerprint coating
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB eMMC with 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
  • Cameras: 0.3MP front facing and 2MP rear facing
  • Battery9.5 hours with 19Wh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Connectivity and Sensors: WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, Miracast support, Stereo Speakers MicroUSB, Combo Audio Jack, MicroSD slot, USB 2.0 port mobile dock, G-Sensor, E-compass, GPS and GLONASS.
  • OS: Android 4.4
  • Dimensions and Weight: 257.46 x 178.4 x 9.9 mm, 550 grams (Tablet Only), 257.46 x 178.4 x 19.8 mm, 550 grams (Dock Only), 257.4 x 178.4 x 19.8mm, 1100 grams (Tablet with Dock)
  • Colours: White or Black

BONUS: Toshiba Encore 2 WT10-A32 10-inch Tablet – WINDOWS 8

If you are not so sure about going with a newcomer when considering a Windows 8.1 Tablet, what about an old timer. Toshiba’s second generation Encore 2 WT10-A-102 offers everything the other guy has in a solid and reliable built quality and satin gold finish with matching bezel.

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Check out the specifications below and compare this to the ultra low budget Linx 10 Tablet above. You do get a little more in way of sensors , better rear facing camera, longer battery life, lighter, thinner and Dolby Digital Plus surround audio, an overall more convincing package if you don’t mind the price.

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F Quad Core processor up to 1.83 GHz Burst speed (1.33 GHz) 2MB cache
  • Screen: 10.1″ panel 1280 x 800 resolution Toshiba multi-touch high brightness display with wide viewing angles, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3L (1333MHz)
  • OS: Windows 8.1 32bit with 12 months Office 365 Personal and 1TB OneDrive storage
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC storage
  • Expansion: MicroSD card expansion up to 128GB
  • Cameras: Front 1.2MP and rear-facing 5MP Full HD camera with auto focus
  • Battery: 8.5 to 11 hours usage
  • Connectivity and Sensors: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, wireless display technology support, built-in microphone, combo audio socket, micro USB2.0, micro HDMI out, microSD card slot with SDHC™ / SDXC™ UHS-I support, 3D Acceleration sensor, Compass, GPS, Gyroscopic sensors
  • Dimensions and Weight: 258.9 x 175 x 8.96 mm, 550 grams