The Best Gaming Tablet 2021 – An Honest Review

When it comes to portable gaming, there is only one type of device that comes to mind; gaming tablets. Yes, to an extent, phones can somewhat bring a decent gaming experience, but the major drawback to those is that the screen is just too small.

On the flip side, you really don’t want to be carrying around your PC, laptop, or console as it simply isn’t practical. This is why gaming tablets are the perfect middle. In fact, some of the gaming tablets that we will explore in this guide have a near console/PC performance.

To make up our selection of the best 8 gaming tablets, the team at Pure Gaming and I went out and accumulated an extensive list of tablets, which we then compared, analyzed, and reviewed to find the best performing, best value for money, and best budget gaming tablet on the market.

To do this, we laid out strict criteria of 6 very crucial points that we closely analyzed, and pick out the best gaming tablets, which possessed the best features/specs within each of the points laid out in our criteria. You can read more about those in the “How We Picked” section below.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our findings for the best gaming tablets on the market today.

Best Performance

Upon finalising the results from our in-depth research, we came to the conclusion that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is by far the best performing gaming tablet on the market today.

Design

Visually, the S7+ features a very impressive and clean design. This particular product comes in matt-like black though you can also get this tablet in bronze and silver.

Measuring at just 0.22″ x 7.28″ x 11.22″, this gaming tablet weighs only 1.28 lbs, which makes it extremely portable wherever you go.

If we look at the tablet from the front, you will see the display, frame, and front 8MP camera flawless integrated into the right side of the tablet. On the backside, we will find a wide 13MP and ultra-wide 5MP dual back camera.

Performance

In terms of performance, the Samsung Tab S7+ features an impressive 3.09 GHz octa-core processor that is nicely supplemented with 8GB of RAM. This is enough power to beat some of the mid-range computers and newest consoles. All, this, in a super compact product that you can carry everywhere you go.

When it comes to storage, this particular model features a 256GB internal hard drive, which is plenty for you to store and access tens of titles in a matter of seconds. In case that isn’t enough, you can take advantage of the MicroSD slot, which can accommodate external memory of up to 1TB.

The Tab S7+ see an increase of 1.4″ bringing it to 12.4″ in display size as compared to the S7, which is 11 inches. This seemingly large 12.4″ screen display size can comfortably broadcast screen resolution at a maximum of 2800×1752. As if that wasn’t enough, the S7+ can also run this resolution at the very smooth 120Hz for up to an average of 14 hours thanks to the 10090mAh battery.

As for audio, you will need a Bluetooth headset as there is no direct headphones jack unless you purchase an adapter separately. If you don’t need a headset, you can just enjoy the speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

And finally, with this tablet, you can forget about bringing your console or gaming laptop everywhere you go. This is because you can easily plug in and play on this tablet using your console’s controller via Bluetooth.

The price at the time of writing was $829.99.

Best Value For Money

Are you after the gaming tablet that offers your the best value for money? Let us introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

Design

The Tab S5e hosts a rather simplistic and modern design in black. Straight out of the box, we can see that at the forefront, the tablet features an 8MP selfie snapper. At the back, we can find the 13MP rear camera located in the corner.

Measuring at just 0.22″ x 6.3″ x 9.65″, and weighting at only 0.88lbs, the 10.5 display screen size Tab S5e by Samsung is one of the most potable tablets within our selection.

Performance

Featuring an Octa-core 2x 2.0 GHZ & 6x 1.7GHz processor and 6GB of dedicated RAM that is backed up by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 graphics coprocessor, you can really expect a really powerful performance for the relatively low price point that this tablet is listed for.

The 128GB of dedicated hard drive ensures that you have plenty of storage space for all of your favorite titles. If 128GB is eventually not enough, you can easily take advantage of the MicroSD slot on the side of the tablet, which can accommodate external memory of up to 512GB.

At 10.5 inches in screen display size, the super AMOLED display of the S5e can broadcast resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 for a crisp clear image for around 15 hours of active usage.

Though this gaming tablet does not feature a headphones jack, it is fully Bluetooth capable, which means that you can connect any of your Bluetooth headphones with the tablet seamlessly.

If wearing headphones isn’t your bread and butter, you can simply not connect any to the tablet and use the Quad + AKG + Dolby Atmos speakers.

If you are shopping for your child, this tablet also has fantastic parenting control settings to ensure that you child safely plays its favorite video games without any disruptions.

The price at the time of writing was $470.74.

Best Budget-Friendly Pick

Looking for the cheapest possible gaming tablet that can still bring you a decent level of performance? After a rigorous process, we concluded that the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is the best candidate for our budget-friendly pick.

Design

Straight out of the box, we can see that the Tab M10 follows a very simplistic and sleek design in matte grey. When facing the tablet, you will only see the screen, frame, and the 5MP fixed-focus front camera of the Tab M10. On the backside, in the top left corner, you will find the 8MP auto-focus camera with the logo printer right across.

On the side, you will find the power ON/OFF button as well as volume UP and volume DOWN button. Overall, this tablet very much looks like a big phone.

Performance

The Tab M10 hosts a fast and powerful octa-core processor with up to 2.3 GHz main frequency for swifter performance. This is backed up by 4GB of DDR DRAM, which is a standard average for the gaming tablet marketplace.

In terms of storage space, this tablet features 128GB of HDD, which is plenty to store a number of your favorite titles while you are away or want to enjoy mobile gaming. If eventually, 128GB is not enough, you can take advantage of the expandable SD slot, which can accommodate an SD card up to 256GB.

Weighing at just 1.5 pounds, this tablet enjoys a 10.3 FHD inches display size, which can broadcast footage at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 for up to 7 to 8 hours (depending on what the tablet is used for).

As for audio, this gaming tablet has a set of side speakers with Dolby Atmos for an added level of audio quality. If you desire to play using a headset, you can simply either connect to the tablet via Bluetooth or the headphone jack.

Additionally, this gaming tablet is perfect for children. It has a dedicated kid’s mode, which includes child-friendly content, complete parent control, specialized eye protection, and other.

The price at the time of writing was $246.15

How We Picked

When picking the best gaming tablets for our final selection, we came the decision to observe each product on our list for consideration based on 6 key points. Those included screen size, resolution, RAM, storage space, battery life, and connectivity features of the gaming tablet.

We came to the conclusion that those six points are highly important and really make the difference between and average tablet and a portable power-house.

To give you a little bit more of a perspective on how we picked each gaming tablet, below, you can check out each of the six points which we discussed in further detail.

Screen Size

First on our list is screen size. We came to the conclusion that a good average for a gaming tablet would be anything from 10 inches all the way to 13 inches in size. Anything too little, you might as well get a phone, and anything too big, you might as well get a gaming laptop.

Thus, all of the products within our selection in this article will be between 10 & 13 inches in size.

Resolution

The days of praising 720px displays is far gone. Today, tablet manufacturers are battling for producing the best possible resolution so that their consumers can take full advantage of the amazing graphics that mobile games support.

Because of that, we believe it is relevant for us to only focus on gaming tablets that feature a minimum screen display of 1920 x 1080p resolution. Anything better than that really is a big winner.

RAM

Random access memory is crucial for running games smoothly on top of any other applications that you may have open on your tablet. So, we set out a criteria to only include gaming tablets that have at least 4GB, which within itself is more than enough to smoothly run any mobile game.

Thus, anything over any tablet that hosts over 4GB of RAM is considered better than average.

Storage Space

As games become more and more advanced each year, the overall game size can also bump up quite dramatically, leaving gamers with little storage space stranded and put in a position of having to choose the games that they want to be installed on their device.

To solve this annoying issue, we decided to go with gaming tablets that host a minimum integrated storage space of 128GB with only one going under this set standard, which we felt was a great downgrade pick. Besides, we also ensured that these same gaming tablets have an SD slot where you can add external storage space to save even more games on your device.

Battery Life

Tablets are made to be very portable and easy to use on the go. Whether that is the case for you or you just want a gaming tablet that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, it really doesn’t matter. The point is that no one will complain about good battery life, but everyone will if you need to charge your tablet every couple of hours.

Because of that, to suit every circumstance for which you may use your gaming tablet, we decided to make the battery life a very important aspect during our selection process.

Thus, we have excluded pretty much every gaming tablet even if it was great if it didn’t last for at least 7 hours of active usage.

Connectivity

You are a gamer and unless you get a gaming tablet to play Balloon Tower Defense, or Candy Crush, you will care a lot about connectivity.

As an example, you are going on holiday and can’t bring your Xbox Series X or PS5. In that case, wouldn’t it be great if you could just pack your gaming tablet and just bring the controller with you?

I certainly think so. Because of that, we ensured to include a range of gaming tablets within our selection that offer this type of connectivity so you can enjoy your favorite titles wherever you go.

Now, let’s talk about sound. No one wants to listen to you shooting at other players for 5 hours straight. Thus, our vast selection of gaming tablets either feature a headphone jack, Bluetooth headset connectivity, or both.

Who This is For

The main benefit of getting a gaming tablet is its portability. The gaming tablets within our selection weight less than just a few lbs and don’t exceed 13 inches in display screen size.

So, if you are on the go quite a lot, carrying your laptop everywhere you go can be annoying. We won’t even speak about the topic if you have a console or a gaming PC as it is straight up unpractical.

Therefore, if you are travelling or moving out a lot and want to bring a very decent device that you can game on, tablets are the perfect solution to this problem.

In fact, you don’t even need to travel around a lot to decide to own a gaming tablet. If you don’t want to be constrained to the same room, a gaming tablet allows you the flexibility to literally play from anywhere you go, including your car, living room, at work, wherever.

Runner Up

If you are an Apple fan, we quite simply cannot ignore the amazing Apple iPad Pro. This gaming tablet has the largest display from our selection, so, if 10 or 11 inches isn’t large enough, how about 12.9 inches?

Design

Apple are known for manufacturing their products to look very simplistic and futuristic. This very much is also the case for the Apple iPad Pro. At the forefront of the tablet, we can immediately the 7MP TrueDepth front camera, which is also accommodated with a microphone & face ID.

On the backside, we can find 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras with Smart HDR that can record 4K video at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 FPS.

Measuring at just 0.23″ x 8.46″ x 11.04″ and weighing at only 141 pounds, this iPad is extremely portable and can be carried around effortlessly to please your gaming needs.

Performance

The iPad Pro features an A12Z Bionic chip with a 64-bit desktop-class architecture, neural engine, an embedded M12 coprocessor, and 6GB of dedicated RAM which all come together to provide the running power for this gaming tablet.

When storage is concerned, this 12.9-inch tablet hosts a 256GB of internal storage for easy installation, playing, and accessing of all your favorite titles. In case this storage space isn’t sufficient enough for you, you can either get the iPad model with 512GB as this iPad does not accommodate microSD external storage solutions.

As for the display, as we mentioned above, this gaming tablet hosts a 12.9-inch display that can broadcast at 2732 x 2048px resolution for up to an average of 10 hours.

Another downside to this gaming tablet is the lack of headphones jack. In this case, you will be forced to use a Bluetooth headset unless you want to listen out loud via the 4 dedicated speakers.

The price at the time of writing was $1049.99.

Other Great Gaming Tablets

If you didn’t quite find what you were looking for above, don’t worry. Below, you can explore 6 other great gaming tablets, which were all equally worth their place within our final selection.

When it comes to gaming tablets, Microsoft are one of the leaders on the market. After some in-depth research, we concluded that the best pick from Microsoft should go to theSurface Pro 7.

Design

The Surface Pro 7 by Microsoft follows a very solid and durable design. Visually, it is colored in a eye-catching Platinum color, though you can also find this tablet in a matte black.

This compact device measures at 12.74″ x 9.09″ x 1.91″, which adds to its total weight of 1.70 lbs. It is very portable, and can be played on – on the go in pretty much any location.

Performance

As for performance, the Surface Pro 7 features a 10th generation Intel core i5, and 8GB of dedicated RAM, which are pretty incredible specs for a mid-range tablet.

When it comes to storage space, you can enjoy 128GB of integrated SSD storage, which you can use to install, store, and play your favorite titles in a matter of seconds.

At 12.3 inches, the screen can display resolution at a maximum of 2736 x 1824px for over 10.5 hours of active gaming thanks to its 5702 mAh battery.

As a gamer myself, I know how important headsets are to fully immerse yourself and enjoy the games that you are playing. Thus, with great excitement, I’d like to let you know that this device actually has a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, if you aren’t a huge fan of cables and want wireless connectivity, don’t worry as you can use Bluetooth for a seamless connection.

Unlike many of the devices in this selection, the Surface Pro 7 has a USB 3.0, which can be used to connect a mouse and a keyboard or even plug in a controller to fully enjoy your games on the go.

The price at the time of writing was $695.00

Huawei have made very solid entry to the gaming tablet market with the MatePad Pro. After reviewing and analyzing all the information surrounding the product, we simply couldn’t ignore it.

Design

Straight out of the box, the MatePad Pro features a very sleek and sophisticated design. Unlike all other devices in our list, this particular gaming tablet hosts its 8MP front camera in the top right corner rather than down the middle.

The backside is also very neat and clean. There, you will find the logo, and the 13MP main camera. The overall design of this table measures at 7″ x 3″ x 2.5″, and weights just 1lbs, making it very easy to carry around wherever you go.

Performance

From a performance stand point, the MatePad Pro enjoys an octa-core processor and 6GB RAM, which are the main contributors to the pretty great gaming experience that can be achieved from this 10.8 inch tablet.

From a storage stand point, it isn’t as large as some of it’s rivals at this price point, however, in case 128GB isn’t sufficient, you can get expandable storage of up to 256GB.

At 10.8 inches in display size, this gaming tablet can broadcast high-quality image at a maximum resolution of up to 2560 x 1600px for up to 15 hours of active gaming thanks to the 7,250 mAh battery.

In terms of audio, Huawei MatePad Pro can play relatively loud thanks to its quad-speaker sound system. Unfortunately, the MatePad Pro doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack plug, however, you can fully take advantage of a Bluetooth connection to fully enhance your gaming experience.

The price at the time of writing was $699.00.

If you are looking for the perfect mid-range gaming tablet that is also relatively affordable, we couldn’t recommend you the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 enough.

Design

Visually, we really love the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. It is simple, sleek, and modern. Weighing at just 1.62 lbs, and measuring at only 0.22″ x 6.28″ x 9.63″, this gaming tablet is one of the most portable devices on this list.

This particular product is in blue, though you can also find the model in gray and rose. From the front, there is nothing but the screen, sleek frame, and a single 8MP selfie camera.

On the back, you will find a dual array 13MP/5MP camera that can capture footage of up to 4K resolution.

Performance

When performance is concerned, it is all thanks to the Octa-core 2.8 GHz + 3 x 2.4 GHz +4x 1.8 GHz processor and 8 GB of dedicated RAM.

This model hosts a 256GB integrated hard drive on which you can use to store all of your favorite games and access them in seconds. In case this is not enough for your needs, you can use the MicroSD slot to add up to 1TB of external storage.

This gaming tablet in particular hosts a 10.5″ screen size, which is one of the smallest from our selection. While this may seem small, you can expect a resolution output at 2560 x 1600px for up to 15 hours of active usage.

Thus, this tablet is not only one of the most portable from this list but also the longest-lasting, thanks to its 7040mAh battery.

While there is no headset jack, you can easily just use the Bluetooth connectivity to establish a solid and stable audio connection. If you want a wired connection, you can use the USB C port that doubles up as a headphone jack. All you will need is an adapter.

The price at the time of writing was $529.00.

A Cheaper Alternative

If the Tab S6 is a little too expensive for you, feel free to explore the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Design

The Tab S6 lite hosts a 10.4 inches display screen size, 0.1″ less than the standard S6 from above. Design-wise, this gaming tablet isn’t much different. The only core difference is the front camera is 5MP as compared to 8MP, and the rear camera is a single 8MP camera as compared to the dual array 13MP/5MP camera in the standard S6.

Besides a great design, this tablet is also really portable. This is thanks to its weight and size. It measures at just 0.28″ x 6.07″ x 9.63″ and weights only 1.02 lbs.

Performance

In terms of performance, the S6 lite hosts an octa-core 2,3 GHz CPU and 4GB of dedicated RAM. To give you a bity of a perspective, this type of specs will allow you to run pretty much any mobile title without any stutters, lags, or crashes.

As for storage space, this gaming tablet features 64GB of dedicated hard drive, which can be plenty if you only play a few mobile games. However, you shouldn’t worry as this device can comfortably accommodate external memory via the MicroSD slot that supports external storage of up to 1TGB.

As we mentioned above, this gaming tablet enjoys a 10.4″ display size that can support resolution of up to 2000 x 1200px for approximately 13 hours thanks to the 7040 mAh battery.

Some fantastic extras that not many devices within our selection posses, which this tablet enjoys is a 3.5mm stereo headset jack. If you prefer a wireless connection, you could also take advantage of the Bluetooth connectivity.

The price at the time of writing was $389.00.

Which Gaming Tablet is Right For Me?

If you have come this far in our guide, there is a strong chance that you are still not quite sure as to which of the gaming tablets is right for your personal gaming needs.

So, to give you a hand, in this section, we will walk you through a few scenarios to help you pick the one for you.

Let’s say that you want to play FPS games such as Call of Duty or Fortnite using a controller, in such case, we would highly recommend you the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.

On the flip side, if you aren’t a really serious gamer but are still looking for something decent that will do the job, we couldn’t recommend you the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus enough.

In case you are looking for a mid-ranged product that provides the most value for money, we believe that nothing comes close to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

If you still aren’t confident enough, feel free to go back, and take a deeper look at each of the products within our selection.

Final Thoughts

A higher-priced product can really provide you with an amazing gaming experience on the go.

Some gaming tablets can be connected to a controller and used very much like a PC, console, or a gaming laptop with a near-enough performance.

Even the most affordable gaming tablet within this selection is a really great choice, if you are on a strict budget.