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The Best Tablets

Q1 2024 update. When it comes to couch usage, gaming while out and about, taking notes, or even conducting research for school or work tablets have become increasingly popular and attractive devices. Even if Apple managed to establish itself as a dominant force in the tablet market they are not the only ones, and various exciting alternatives by numerous OEMs are available alternatively. Below, you will find the highest-ranking tablets we have had in review.

Apple’s first iPad literally jump-started the tablet market from scratch. However, in recent years the choices have become fewer and fewer. On the one side, tablets are getting attacked by ever growing smartphones. On the other side, convertibles have become increasingly popular in the notebook space. What is left are a few established OEMs with various tablets for sale. In addition, numerous Chinese manufacturers are trying to attract potential customers through low prices. In return, you should not expect too much in regard to warranty and potential software updates. Please also consider the following lists before making any decisions:

The Best Tablets

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Refresh Rate
Resolution
OS
191.3 %
10/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Qualcomm Adreno 740
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
5.7 mm586 g12.40"120 Hz2800x1752Android 13
290.9 %
10/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Qualcomm Adreno 740
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
5.9 mm500 g11.00"120 Hz2560x1600Android 13
390.6 %
09/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 UltraSamsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Qualcomm Adreno 740
12 GB Memory, 512 GB 
5.5 mm732 g14.60"120 Hz2960x1848Android 13
489.6 %
02/2024
New!
Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2
HiSilicon Kirin 9000W
HiSilicon Maleoon 910
12 GB Memory, 512 GB 
5.5 mm580 g13.20"144 Hz2880x1920Huawei HarmonyOS
589.3 %
09/2023
Google Pixel TabletGoogle Pixel Tablet
Google Tensor G2
ARM Mali-G710 MP7
8 GB Memory, 128 GB 
8.1 mm493 g10.95"060 Hz2560x1600Android 13
689.3 %
04/2023
OnePlus PadOnePlus Pad
MediaTek Dimensity 9000
ARM Mali-G710 MP10
12 GB Memory
6.5 mm552 g11.61"144 Hz2800x2000Android 13
789.1 %
09/2023
Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Qualcomm Adreno 730
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
6.53 mm750 g14.00"120 Hz2880x1800Android 13
888.8 %
08/2023
Xiaomi Pad 6Xiaomi Pad 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650
6 GB Memory, 128 GB 
6.51 mm490 g11.00"144 Hz2880x1800Android 13
988.8 %
08/2023
Lenovo Tab ExtremeLenovo Tab Extreme
MediaTek Dimensity 9000
ARM Mali-G710 MP10
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
7.2 mm740 g14.50"120 Hz3000x1876Android 13
1087 %
11/2023
New!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE PlusSamsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE Plus
Samsung Exynos 1380
ARM Mali-G68 MP5
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
6.5 mm627 g12.40"090 Hz2560x1600Android 13

The table above contains an overview over the best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

The Samsung S9 tablets conquered our list last quarter, after which the manufacturer pushed the Samsung S9 FE (Plus) behind them. The non-Plus variant is only just behind it in terms of rating, but just missed out on making it onto our list. The very good Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2, which came in at number 4, did well instead.

Alternatives that just didn't make the list:

Former top tablets:

1st – Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+ (Plus) 5G

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 has too little memory and the Tab S9 Ultra is too expensive? Then Samsung offers the Galaxy Tab S9+, a variant with up to 512 GB of storage and a 12.4-inch screen. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, you save considerably and still get a fast SoC, a high-resolution AMOLED screen and pen support.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9+ is a high-quality 12.4-inch tablet with extremely high performance, a good screen and a great sound system. There is still room for improvement in terms of energy efficiency.

Interested buyers can order the Galaxy Tab S9+ (Plus) from Samsung's online store.

Price comparison

2nd – Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G

Samsung has only slightly revised the Galaxy Tab S9 5G compared to its predecessor. New features include the most powerful Snapdragon on the market and a switch to OLED technology for the display. The Tab S9 still comes with an S-Pen and masters both work and pleasure.

The Samsung Galaxy Pad S9 is a great piece of hardware with sophisticated software. It leaves hardly any room for criticism and impresses in productive use, gaming and streaming. 

In the US, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 (Wi-Fi, 256 GB) is currently available from Amazon for around $786.

Price comparison

3rd – Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra aims to unite two worlds: Work and leisure. In our test, the Galaxy tablet reveals strengths in gaming and multimedia use, but also impresses in the area of productivity, including the S Pen. It uses the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy and an updated Dolby Atmos AKG quad speaker system.

There is not much to criticize about the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. If you have the money to spare, you can get one of the best tablets currently available with long-lasting support.

All the storage and color versions of the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra are available from Samsung directly starting from $1,200.

Price comparison

4th – Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2 (Kirin 9000W)

Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2
Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2

The MatePad Pro 13.2 not only offers a large display, but also a stylus with NearLink technology for the first time, which promises a significant improvement in terms of precision and latency. Entertainment is not neglected either, with HDR support and six speakers. With its very slim design and many premium specifications, the Huawei tablet is immediately recognizable as a high-end product.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2 offers an appealing overall package, whose biggest shortcoming is the lack of software.

Huawei devices are not available in North America.

Price comparison

5th – Google Pixel Tablet (Tensor G2, Mali G-710 MP7)

Google Pixel Tablet
Google Pixel Tablet

With the Pixel Tablet, Google offers an exciting alternative to the Apple iPad 10 or Galaxy Tab S9. The 10.95-inch Pixel Tab is not only a classic tablet, but also a smart home control center or a smart speaker á la Apple HomePod including an XXL display with its docking station. Google wants nothing less than to change the usage behavior of tablet lovers with the Pixel Tablet. Tablets are often seen as a possible laptop replacement and offered with a keyboard case, but not so with Google. The US manufacturer rather offers a versatile all-in-one solution consisting of a classic tablet, smart home center and smart speaker. This is made possible by a docking station to which the Pixel Tab can be attached magnetically and with pogo pins.

The concept of the Pixel Tablet makes us look forward to more. We can only hope that Google will also provide resources for optimizing Android for tablets. 

The Pixel Tablet starts with an RRP of $499 and is available at online dealers such as Amazon, or on the Google Store.  

Price comparison

6th – OnePlus Pad (Dimensity 9000)

OnePlus Pad
OnePlus Pad

OnePlus has finally ventured into Android tablets with the OnePlus Pad, an area that has been almost entirely ceded to Apple and Samsung. Equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC and a fast, vibrant 144 Hz display in a 7:5 aspect ratio, the OnePlus Pad aims to stand out from the competition with a number of accessories like the Magnetic Keyboard and the OnePlus Stylo.

The OnePlus Pad looks like a solid alternative to the Apples and Samsungs of the tablet world. The OnePlus Pad is definitely not a laptop replacement, but in combination with the optional accessories, it can be more than just a device for media consumption.

In India, the OnePlus Pad can be purchased directly from OnePlus.in or via Amazon India.

Price comparison

7th – Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14 (SD 8+ Gen1, Adreno 730)

Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14
Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14

The Xiaomi Pad 6 Max is an exciting alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, but the Xiaomi tablet is only half the price of a Tab S9 Ultra. Fans of large tablets will be delighted to find an affordable alternative to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra or Lenovo Tab Extreme. With the Pad 6 Max, Xiaomi is adding its largest tablet to date to its portfolio, which is equipped with a 14-inch IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

If you are interested in an XXL tablet and don't want to fork out €1,000 or more, the Xiaomi Pad 6 Max is an exciting alternative from the Far East.

The Xiaomi Pad 6 Max is available for around $580, including from Trading Shenzhen.

Price comparison

8th – Xiaomi Pad 6 (SD 870 5G, Adreno 650)

Xiaomi Pad 6
Xiaomi Pad 6

The mid-range tablet Xiaomi Pad 6 shows improvement in many aspects compared to the Xiaomi Pad 5 in our review. The attractively priced 11-inch tablet offers many arguments for a purchase with its 144 Hz display, Snapdragon SoC, high value and pen support.

The Xiaomi Pad 6 does many things better than its predecessor and is a very interesting choice in the mid-range price segment.

 At the time of writing, the Xiaomi Pad 6 (128GB + 8GB) is available for $342 on Amazon US.

Price comparison

9th – Lenovo Tab Extreme (Dimensity 9000, Mali G-710 MP10)

Lenovo Tab Extreme
Lenovo Tab Extreme

With 14.5 inches, the Lenovo Tab Extreme is hardly a match for anyone in terms of size. It is aimed at professional users who get a creative tool and workhorse with the precise pen input, the elegant aluminum case and the high price. Lenovo thus manages a very good entry into the league of professional tablets. A big plus point is that you get an extensive accessory package with a folio cover and stylus included, which keeps the investment lower overall than Apple's iPad Pro 12.9.

The Lenovo Tab Extreme is a high-quality tablet with a very large screen that is very well suited for professionals thanks to pen support and keyboard cover. Home users can also take a look, the tablet is also a great entertainer.

In the US, interested users can order the Tab Extreme (with keyboard and pen) via Lenovo's online store for $1,000.

Price comparison

10th – Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ (Exynos 1380)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+

The Galaxy Tab S9 FE Plus stands out in the upper mid-range tablet class with long updates and IP certification. It also has a large display and optional 5G support. The cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Tab S9 Plus once again does without an AMOLED display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in its big brother also has to make way for the comparatively less powerful Exynos 1380, although the 12.4-inch TFT panel is now 90 Hz fast and eSIM functionality is also possible with the optional 5G version.

Samsung has improved its FE model in many areas and is an alternative to the OLED competition due to the lack of PWM flickering.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is available from various retailers, Amazon US, for example.

Price comparison

Top 10 Tablets in Comparison

Size Comparison

327.8 mm / 12.9 in 210.8 mm / 8.3 in 7.2 mm / 0.2835 in 740 g1.631 lbs326.4 mm / 12.9 in 208.6 mm / 8.21 in 5.5 mm / 0.2165 in 732 g1.614 lbs318.58 mm / 12.5 in 206.1 mm / 8.11 in 6.53 mm / 0.2571 in 750 g1.653 lbs289.1 mm / 11.4 in 196.1 mm / 7.72 in 5.5 mm / 0.2165 in 580 g1.279 lbs285.4 mm / 11.2 in 185.4 mm / 7.3 in 6.5 mm / 0.2559 in 627 g1.382 lbs285.4 mm / 11.2 in 185.4 mm / 7.3 in 5.7 mm / 0.2244 in 586 g1.292 lbs258 mm / 10.2 in 169 mm / 6.65 in 8.1 mm / 0.3189 in 493 g1.087 lbs258 mm / 10.2 in 189.4 mm / 7.46 in 6.5 mm / 0.2559 in 552 g1.217 lbs253.95 mm / 10 in 165.18 mm / 6.5 in 6.51 mm / 0.2563 in 490 g1.08 lbs254.3 mm / 10 in 165.8 mm / 6.53 in 5.9 mm / 0.2323 in 500 g1.102 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs
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