When you need more screen real estate for seeking out the infamous chicken dinner of PUBG or simply want extra space to see where you’re dropping in the mobile version of Fortnite, you need one the best gaming tablets. Since the market is absolutely flooded with different gaming tablets, where do you start? What do tablets have that your phone or Nintendo Switch can’t deliver for you?
We’ve got several options to help you make a decision that makes sense for you, whether you want to dedicate a tablet to gaming or want one that can handle your favorite titles as well as media streaming, drawing, chatting with family and friends, or even work. No matter what kind of device you’re looking for, we’ve rounded up a series of major devices to help you discern which is the best gaming tablet out there for you, with respect to all budgets.
The best gaming tablet of 2019
Weight: 468g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm (9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 in) | OS: iOS | Screen size: 11.0 inches | Resolution: 1668 x 2388 pixels (~265 ppi density) | CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 1TB, 6GB RAM or 64/256/512 GB, 4GB RAM | Battery: 7812 mAh | Rear camera: 12 MP | Front camera: 7 MP
- Incredibly versatile
- Excellent HDR Retina display
- Now uses USB-C
- Very expensive
If you want to game on iOS, there’s no device that can beat the 3rd generation iPad Pro. We chose the 11-inch model since it’s a bit lighter and easier to hold, but the 12.9-inch model is just as capable if you prefer a larger screen. The A12X Bionic chip finally brings the iPad Pro’s features up to par with the iPhone. Touch ID has been eliminated in favor of Face ID which makes for a smaller bezel and a more attractive design. The screen is big enough that you can use a tablet stand to place it on a table and connect a controller for more precise play, and with such a powerful device there’s no worry about lag.
With the iPad Pro you also get a capable device for artwork, watching movies or TV shows, or whatever you can imagine. This device is the pinnacle of tablet design, and paired with the Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard it rivals products like the Microsoft Surface Pro.
The best Android gaming tablet you can get
Weight: 482g (Wi-Fi), 483g (LTE) | Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm (9.81 x 6.47 x 0.28in) | OS: Android | Screen size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~287 ppi density) | CPU: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/256 GB, 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM | Battery: 7300 mAh | Rear camera: 13 MP | Front camera: 8 MP
- Amazing AMOLED HDR display
- Great sound
- Android OS is very customizable
Galaxy Tab S4 improves upon the S3 in a multitude of ways spec-wise but provides much the same experience as its predecessor. That’s a good thing, though, because the Tab S3 was terrific for gaming. The AMOLED screen of the Tab S4 packs even more pixels and includes support for HDR, which is a feature that is absent in most of its competitors. Quad stereo speakers will help get you into the action and can output Dolby Atmos surround sound for an audio experience that belies the tablet’s small size.
The biggest issue with the Galaxy Tab S4 is its retail price. Like the iPad Pro, this is a premium device, and the $649.99 price tag for the base model of the S4 might be a big turn off for those who are just interested in a tablet for gaming. If you’re looking for a great all-around tablet with quality features and design the Tab S4 is current amongst the best choices when it comes to an Android OS powered device.
A more affordable, but still brilliant, iPad
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
- Most affordable full-sized iPad
- Screen quality is wonderful
- Storage options are more limited than other models
Okay, okay, so not everyone can afford an iPad Pro, or necessary wants the all-singing, all-dancing top end iPad tablet offering. So instead, check out the new 9.7-inch iPad, which is the best gaming tablet for anyone on a bit more of a budget. It’s considerably cheaper than any of the iPad Pro models, but still comes with a crisp display, excellent tech running things behind the scenes and all the access you need to all that iOS gaming goodness. It comes with Apple Pencil support, if that’s your bag, but more importantly it comes packing the Apple A10 Fusion chipset, which means a lightning fast iPad experience, both for gaming and productivity. It’s a brilliant option for those looking for the Apple gaming experience, and definitely worth a look. There’s a reason this is number 3 in our list, and it’s not just because it’s cheaper.
Affordable but with a brilliant screen
Weight: 500g | Dimensions: 262 x 159 x 9.8mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: Quad-core | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: Up to 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA
- Seriously affordable
- Full HD display
- Plastic design lets it down
If you want a tablet for your children, or for someone who’s a casual gamer, you actually can’t go wrong with the Amazon Fire HD 10. It still has a huge screen with a lovely full HD resolution, and some lovely design aesthetics (apart from the plastic design), but you’re paying a fraction of the cost of other gaming tablets on this list. If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you get a load of other perks, but even non-members can take advantage of the Amazon Underground game store, which offers a tonne of excellent Android games for the very low price of absolutely free. Bonus. It does run the slightly awkward Amazon Fire OS, but for those looking for an affordable table with the majority of the bells and whistles of something at least twice the price, you can’t fault the Fire 10 HD.