You don’t often get to see cheap Android tablets advertised on tv, radio, newspaper or huge billboard ads and your social media feed; that’s because those cheap tablets don’t make it to the marketing department of their manufacturers. Or even if they did they’ll only get a meager amount of the budget allocated for products slated for sale on the market. Your best option would be to do a Google search for cheap Android tablets, which would redirect you to our site, for example, or on Amazon or some other obscured sites that you’ve probably never heard before.
So, since you’re already here, allow me to help you find cheap Android tablets that are still closer to the mid-tier range of Android tablets.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1
The first Android tablet on our list is the NVIDIA Shield K1. It turns out that this is just a repackaged version of the first Shield tab, because the older model had a stylus, a charging cable and wall adaptor, and the K1 does not. You may consider it a downgrade in certain respects and maybe the company is trying to save on manufacturing cost and sacrifice profits for the sake of market share. But still, the NVIDIA Shield K1 is every bit the same as its predecessor was and even better is that they’ve cut down the price for this one too! You can get it for only $200 on Amazon. If you’re lucky you might even get a discount!
Although the Shield K1 was not designed for children you could still control the content they’ll access through it by adjusting the settings and your account settings in Google Play Store. You may also want to buy a tablet impact protector to safeguard it against your toddlers. The NVIDIA Shield K1 sports a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 processor, the ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU, 2 GB RAM + 16GB ROM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, GPS and GLONAS, microUSB 2.0, 8-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has 16 million colors with 1920 x 1200 dpi resolution. This tablet screams with amazing specs and clearly NVDIA has sacrificed a lot just to compete with top brands as well as other cheap Android tablets in the consumer electronics market.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Whatever Asus’ marketing team is doing to promote their products they’re doing it right, because we’re casually exposed to various Asus smartphones and tablets daily. However, the electronics giant based in Taiwan knows how to play their hand on the mobile device industry by creating low, mid and high-end products to cater to people from all walks of life and make cheap Android tablets commercially available yet also sports some great features. Looking into the specs of the ZenPad S it features a bigger IPS screen with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution on it. Its Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3580 quad-core processor packs a punch when it comes to maximizing its performance, plus it also has an onboard PowerVR G6430 GPU which helps process the graphics on the tablet, which is why they gave it a higher resolution than their other tablets in this range.
The ZenPad S 8 ranks second in the price depart after the NVIDIA Shield K1 which sells for $179. Once again, do check on the tablet’s settings to make it safe for your child to use. It has an Android default parental controls options where you can make adjustments to further filter the device when it attempts to access content on the web.
Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8
The Amazon fire tablets, which I’ve included here in our cheap Android tablets list, does not actually run on an Android OS, but with the proprietary Fire OS. However, the manufacturer based it on the original Android OS from Google. The Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are their frontline products which were designed with the intention to make it compatible with their content. They also have a “for kids” version of the Fire tablets which I recommend you get instead of these, but since they can also be customized for kids, then I see very little difference in your buying preference.
The Amazon Fire 7 comes with the 7 inches 600 x 1024 pixels IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors, Mediatek MT8127 chipset, 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 2980 mAh battery life, and a 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM built-in memory as well as an expandable microSD slot that can allocate up to 256 GB more of storage space. Like all Amazon Fire tablets the Fire 7 has an autodetect sensor that knows when you’re reading books online and will dim the LED lights on the screen to adjust to your viewing pleasure and protect your eyes. It’s a great tool for reading and learning for you and your kids and it’s only $79.99 on Amazon.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 on the other hand is a glorified version of the 7 and everything has been made larger than its predecessor. An inch wider than the 7, the Fire HD 8 is as its name states – high definition display which is 800 x 1280 pixels and is also an IPS capacitive touchscreen. It sports the customized Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or what we call the Fire OS, Mediatek MT8135 chipset with the 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, excellent WiFi and Bluetooth technology plus the 1GB RAM and up to 16GB ROM! Quality performance at an affordable price is what you’ll get from Amazon as the Fire HD 8 is only $99.99, which is satisfyingly low for a great device.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 (8)
The Chinese really must have access to raw materials that this advantage allows them to create cutting-edge devices and sell them for an annoyingly cheaper price. Other tablet brands must really be jealous at big electronic companies in China that they undermine products that are made in China. I’m not saying that there aren’t bad products from China, because there are, but brands like Lenovo and Xiaomi makes western companies cringe over the billions of dollars that these companies make each year. To show you just how good some of these Chinese tablets are, allow me to present the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 (8) – the one that competes with the likes of Apple and Samsung in terms of specs, but will break its competitor’s grip on the pricing gauge when you make a side-by-side comparison and do a cost-benefit ratio.
For starters it comes with an 8-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors, an 8 megapixel camera, 1GB RAM + 16GB ROM and a tough-to-beat 6200 mAh battery! It also sports the Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 chipset with a 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor and a Dolby Atmos audio enhancement loudspeaker. WiFi and Bluetooth also works perfectly under optimal conditions and its ergonomic design is pleasing to the eyes and comfortable to the touch. It cost $169.99 which is $10 cheaper than the Asus ZenPad S 8 and yet it boasts awesome specs and features.
Lenovo Tab 2 A10
Perhaps the largest tablet in this list and yet the prospect of acquiring it for a meager $199 makes this Lenovo Tab 2 A10 tablet very difficult to overlook when you’re scouting for cheap Android tablets around. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is loaded with high-end specs and great features that will make your kids scream at the sight of it due to its awesomeness! For instance, it sports a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1200 x 1920 HD resolution, it comes with 2 chipset types which are the Mediatek MT8732 built for the 4G model and the Mediatek MT8165 which is also for the Wi-Fi model, plus a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. It also has the most powerful battery compared to other cheap Android tablets on this list, because its non-removable Li-Ion 7000 mAh battery will allow for a 15 hours and 30 minutes of talk time – it will last twice as long on idle mode. This tablet is ideal for everyone in the family including your children as it is great for multimedia applications also.