When it comes to portable gaming hardware, tablets are far superior to any smartphone as tablets come with a much bigger screen, larger battery and overall better processing power. If you have a gaming tablet you can also enjoy Netflix or YouTube on that big screen.
But there are many tablets available on the market from various brands with some interesting feature set. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung are trying there best to catch your attention with their latest innovation. So to decide which one is the best for you is kind of a hard task. On the rescue, we have made this list consists of 10 best gaming tablets you can buy now.
10 Best Gaming Tablets of 2020
1. Apple iPad Pro 11 (2018)
When it comes to raw performance, none can beat the iPad Pro 11, thanks to the Octa-core A12x Bionic processor. It comes with an 11-inch screen with a resolution of 1668 x 2388 pixels. You can also connect a controller for better precision in-game. For biometric security, Apple switched to Face ID from Touch ID, so the bezels are pretty thin.
It has also support for the Apple Pencil so when you are not playing games, you can use it for illustration and doodling. It also comes with a 12 MP camera on the back and 7 MP on the front. Finally, thanks to the Retina Display, consuming content is bliss in iPad Pro 11.
Price: $1,199 (Amazon)
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
If you prefer Android over iPad OS, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is your best option. The tablet comes with Qualcomm SM8150 octa-core processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory which you can expand up to 512GB and a single nano-SIM slot. The battery performance is also pretty good on this device. For gaming, you can play any games from Google Play Store and the 10.5-inch vivid display makes it a wonderful experience. The display resolution of Tab S6 is 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Unlike the iPad, Tab S6 has support for S Pen which comes inside the box, so you can easily utilize it as a digital painting or illustration device. On the back of the device, there are one ultra-wide camera and a normal camera. For video calling and selfie you will get a front camera with f2.0.
Price: $649 (Amazon)
3. Apple iPad 10.2 (2019)
If you do not want to spend a fortune on your portable gaming device but still want to stick with Apple eco-system iPad 10.2 will be a good choice. It comes with the Apple 10 Fusion processor which is still good enough for the most demanding games and the same Retina display as iPad Pro 11 with a smaller footprint with a resolution of 1620 x 2160 pixels. There are some bezels as for security it still relies on the Touch ID.
Besides the raw power, it has support for the Apple Pencil and the smart keyboard. But if you want to take some good quality images and selfies, the 8MP back camera and 1.2 MP front camera will not make you happy for sure.
Price: $329 (Amazon)
4. Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft is another brand which is coming up with some innovative tablet design and Surface Pro is one of them. If you want to play your desktop games on the go, there is no better option as in this tab you can play your Steam games. Because the Surface Pro is compatible with the Signature Type attachments, you can connect a mouse and keyboard and turn this into a full-fledged laptop.
Surface Pro comes with a 12.3 inch 1824 x 2736 display and Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor. Obviously, for gaming, you want to get the maxed out variant. It is also equipped with an 8 MP rear and 5 MP front camera. So technically you can also stream your games.
Price: $749 (Amazon)
5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
From the Android side, Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is another good tablet you can check out. It comes with a 10.1 inch 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution display and great-sounding 4 JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos. Other than that with average usage, it can run up to 15 hours. In addition to the rotating projector, the battery cylinder also has a rotatable base, making the design unique.
On the back, there is a 13 MP and on the front 5 MP fixed focus camera. Although you can take some images with it, do not expect astonishing results. If you want to play Android games on the go on a product which does not cost a fortune, Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a good option.
Price: $579 (Amazon)
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6. Amazon Fire HD 10
If you are a casual gamer and want to spend the least for gaming on the go Amazon Fire HD will fulfil your needs comfortably. It comes with a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display and plastic back design. If you are invested in Amazon products and services this tablet will also be a great addition.
For gaming, it takes advantage of Amazon Underground game store, which offers a tonne of excellent Android games for the very low price of absolutely free. When it comes to camera performance it falls flat with a 2 MP rear and a VGA front camera. But in this price range, it is something expected.
Price: $149 (Amazon)
7. Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)
If Apple eco-system is something you care about and do not want to spend a fortune, iPad 9.7 is your solution. Although it is a bit smaller than the other tablets on this list, it still boasts the same Apple A10 Fusion processor which can run all the latest games from the AppStore. From the name you can guess the display size is 9.7 inch which has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels.
Just like the Apple iPad 10.2, it has an old school Touch ID and big bezels, but to be honest that should help you to hold the device while gaming intensely. Although the battery life is great, the camera side is not that much good, thanks to the 8 MP back and 1.2 MP front cameras.
Price: $347 (Amazon)
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10
Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a cheaper alternative if you want to stick with Samsung brand. It comes with a 10.1 inches 1920 x 1200 resolution display with minimum bezels. When it comes to sound, it has dual AKG tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos. When it comes to storage you can get 32 GB with expandable memory up to 512 GB.
For taking pictures you can use the 8 MP rear or 5 MP front camera. Other than playing games from the Google Play Store you will enjoy consuming video content as we all know Samsung makes the most beautiful displays.
Price: $239 (Amazon)
9. Apple iPad Mini (2019)
If you want a tab with a small form factor with good performance, the iPad Mini should be your tab of choice. It has a 7.9 inches small screen with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. For security, it has the Touch ID, so there are some bezels. But when it comes to performance it is jam-packed with A12 Bionic chip and 3 Gigs of LPDDR4X RAM.
To capture your special moments iPad Mini comes with 8 MP camera on the back and 7 MP for selfies. To be honest, this tab is the must needed upgrade iPad Mini 4 was waiting for. It has support for the Apple Pencil, so creating some masterpieces should not be any problem.
Price: $399 (Amazon)
10. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
The last but not the least on our list is Asus ZenPad 3S 10 which is equipped with a 9.7 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution display and Mediatek MT8176 processor. Yes, it has some bezels and is not one of the latest tabs available, but it does the job pretty well for casual gaming.
When it comes to the camera it has 8 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing sensors. As this is an Android tab the PlayStore is available for you and the vibrant and bright display makes the games more enjoyable. If you are looking for something in the middle price bracket, it is a good choice indeed.
Price: $290 (Amazon)
When it comes to gaming tablets, your decision should mostly depend on the operating system, hardware capability, the screen quality and finally your budget. Keeping those in mind you should be able to choose the best tablet for you from the list. Also if you have any other tablet in mind, do let us know in the comments below.