Tablets exist in a space between phones and laptops that is becoming increasingly muddled. As phones become more powerful and gain larger displays, laptops continue to get lighter. Tablet manufacturers haven’t been resting on their laurels, though. Many of the more recent tablets we’ve seen are looking to bridge the gap in terms of performance and, in select cases, handle some tasks more efficiently than both phones and laptops.
The tablet spectrum is varied, too. Inexpensive models like the Amazon Fire HD 10 make for excellent media streaming devices, while those in Microsoft’s versatile Surface lineup can easily serve as ad-hoc laptops when paired with an optional folio-style keyboard. Then there’s the ubiquitous iPad, a slate that has become the go-to tablet for anyone searching for something in the Apple ecosystem (and for many outside of it).
Below, we’ve rounded up deals for a number of Android, iPadOS, and Windows tablets. We’ve also broken down the deals by manufacturer to make things easier, and we will continue to update this post regularly as new discounts and sales become available.
Amazon tablet deals
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids
Amazon’s tablet may not be the best choice for getting work done when you’re away from a laptop or desktop, but the kid-friendly model of the Fire HD 8 and HD 8 Pro, with its ruggedized, kid-proof case, is perfect for media streaming and light app usage. Currently, neither tablet is available at a true discount; however, you can save $84 on your total at checkout when you purchase two or more of the HD 8 or 8 Pro. This lowers the cost of a pair from $279.98 to $195.99. You can even mix and match models and colorways.
The key difference between the standard and Pro model is that the latter features a slimmer case and browser with fewer restrictions. Otherwise, however, the hardware is the same. The kid-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 uses the same 8-inch display and 2GB of RAM and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. The storage is limited to just 32GB but can be expanded with up to an additional terabyte of storage via a microSD card. Another selling point is the tablet’s two-year extended warranty, which will have Amazon send you a new tablet if your current one stops working for any reason.
If you’re in the market for just one of these tablets, Amazon is currently offering a 20 percent discount on the purchase of a single Fire tablet with an eligible trade-in. As an added bonus, you’ll also receive an Amazon gift card equal to the appraised value of your old device. Besides older model Fire tablets and Kindles, other devices eligible for trade include tablets from Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Even some select models of graphing calculators are accepted if you’re looking to really stretch your dollar.
Apple tablet deals
2020 iPad Air
The recent announcement of a new iPad Air has led Apple to significantly discount its last-gen predecessor, the 2020 iPad Air. The older model may lack Apple’s blazing-fast M1 chip, but its A14 Bionic processor is still capable of delivering plenty of power and should be fast enough for the vast majority of apps. The tablet is also compatible with various iPad Air accessories, which allow you to transform it into an ad-hoc laptop using add-ons like Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers a terrific Retina display with 2360 x 1640 resolution and a wide color gamut as well, not to mention a USB-C port for charging. Normally $749, the 256GB, Wi-Fi-equipped iPad Air is on sale at Amazon and Walmart in select colorways for $599.99. Read our review.
2021 iPad Mini
The latest model of the 64GB iPad Mini usually sells for $499.99 but can currently be found at Walmart and Amazon for around $410. The best price yet for the miniature Apple tablet. This model brings a number of welcome changes to the hardware, including removing the home button to make room for a larger display and adopting the USB-C charging standard instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.
The 8.3-inch display has a resolution of 2266 x 1488 and 500 nits of brightness, along with True Tone technology that allows you to fine-tune the display based on the lighting in your environment. The Mini also features back- and front-facing 12MP cameras and can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. All this is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU. Until Apple releases an iPad Mini with an M1 chip — or some variation thereof — the latest Mini is the one to beat.
While it is compatible with the second-gen Apple Pencil, note that this version of the iPad Mini won’t work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard Folio. It can, however, work with a number of third-party Bluetooth keyboards if you need a larger typing surface. Read our review.
10.2-inch iPad (2021)
Apple’s latest iPad remains a solid, popular tablet that’s suitable for just about anyone. Normally $479, the 256GB model with Wi-Fi is on sale right now for just $429 at Walmart and Amazon. The smaller, 64GB model is also available at both retailers (Amazon, Walmart) for $309 instead of $329, a modest $20 discount.
The 2021 iPad features a 10.2-inch, True Tone Retina display, one with a resolution of 2160 x 1620. It’s worth noting, however, that with the release of the most recent iPad Pro and Air models, the base model has become something of an odd duck with an outdated design. At this point, the standard model is the only Apple tablet that still uses a Lightning connection, as opposed to USB-C, and is only compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. Perhaps more importantly though, it’s also the only tablet in Apple’s current lineup that doesn’t use an M1 series CPU, opting instead for an A13 processor that will be fast enough for most users.
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021)
In many ways, the iPad Pro is the scaled-up version of the most recent iPad Air. The 12.9-inch Pro features Apple’s M1 chip, the same all-aluminum form factor, and the option for 5G connectivity. The 12-inch iPad Pro includes a larger Mini LED display, though, along with a superior camera array, support for Face ID, and a variable refresh rate.
The 128GB model with Wi-Fi normally costs $1,099.99 but can currently be found on Amazon for around $999. The current discount is appealing, but bear in mind that this particular model has maintained this price for several months, so we wouldn’t recommend paying more than $1,000 if you’re planning to pick one up. Read our review.
HP tablet deals
HP Chromebook x2 11
If you can’t decide between a laptop or a tablet, the HP Chromebook x2 11 is a great way to compromise. Usually available for $599.99, Best Buy has discounted this model to just $299.99, its lowest price to date. This 11-inch tablet features a built-in kickstand and comes packaged with a keyboard folio and pen to provide a more laptop-adjacent experience.
The x2 is powered by ChromeOS, lending it similar functionality to the other Android tablets on our list, but features a display resolution of 2160 x 1440, a cut above what’s offered by some of the more expensive tablets here. Some other specs to take note of include the tablet’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable memory. In addition to a microphone and 5MP camera, the tablet is also equipped with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card slot that can be used for data transfer or storage. The USB-C ports don’t have Thunderbolt 4 support, however, so the x2 won’t play well with an external dock.
Overall, the HP Chromebook x2 11 offers good bang for your buck. We only scored it a 5.5 out of 10 in our review last year — namely due to its cramped keyboard and occasionally choppy performance — but the tablet is far more appealing now that it’s half the price. If you’re looking for a tablet that’s great for browsing and comes packaged with a stylus for note-taking, the x2 11 is certainly not a bad way to go at this price. Read our review.
Lenovo tablet deals
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is a bit of an odd one. It doesn’t conform to the typical design conventions used by other midrange tablets, but the differences allow for some interesting applications that other tablets might struggle to replicate. And while it typically retails for $369.99 when bundled with Lenovo’s Precision Pen 2, it’s currently available with the stylus for just $199.99 at Best Buy. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this tablet (with or without the added stylus).
Easily the most distinctive feature of the Yoga Tab 11 is its large, adjustable handle. Besides providing a convenient way to hang the tablet on a variety of surfaces, this also allows the tablet to serve as an external monitor for any device that can be connected either via USB-C. The extended area that juts from the tablet also houses the large stereo speaker, lending it a much broader sound profile.
The 11-inch touchscreen display has a resolution of 2000 x 1200 with a refresh rate of 60Hz and support for Dolby Vision, which allows for greater depth of color. While some of these features may give the Yoga Tab 11 the appearance of a laptop, it still runs Android 11 and uses a MediaTek Helio G90T mobile CPU, though its 4GB of RAM makes it slightly more capable when running several apps in tandem. While the tablet is packaged with 128GB of storage, the Tab 11 also features a microSD card slot if you need some additional space. Yoga Tab 11 is nearing the end of its supported life, however, which is important to note.
Lenovo Tab P11 and P11 Pro
The 11-inch Lenovo Tab P11 Plus normally starts at $249.99 but is currently discounted at Lenovo and Newegg to $189.99, its best price to date. This model comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage out of the box, however, thanks to its microSD card slot, you can upgrade it post-purchase. The low-end Android tablet also has a display resolution of 2000 x 1200 and features an 8MP front-facing camera for video chatting, as well as a 13MP rear camera for taking photos. While the P11 Plus is compatible with an optional keyboard dock, the tablet’s MediaTek Helio G90T processor and limited RAM prevent it from performing much heavy lifting, rendering it more suitable for light browsing and media consumption.
Microsoft tablet deals
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
If you don’t mind a limited port selection and are in need of a tablet that offers plenty of performance in a lightweight chassis, Microsoft’s high-powered Surface Pro 8 might fit the bill. The attractive, modern slate feature a 13-inch touchscreen, along with 2880 x 1920 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate — a rarity outside of the gaming sphere. It’s also a great teleconferencing device thanks to its far-field studio microphones and 5MP front-facing camera. Best of all, it serves as a competent stand-in laptop when using the integrated kickstand and the optional keyboard cover.
Right now, a bundle containing the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro keyboard is on sale at Microsoft for $1,099.99, saving you a cool $240 off the price if you were to purchase these items separately. This particular model comes with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. If you need extra room, you can always expand the storage of this tablet down the line with microSD cards. Read our review.
Samsung tablet deals
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and S7 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and S7 Plus still manage to hold their own, even with the recent release of the Tab S8 series. Both can run on Android 12, feature quad-speaker systems, and come packaged with Samsung’s S Pen. While both tablets are roughly the same size, the S7 Plus is clearly the more powerful tablet, one that boasts a more powerful Snapdragon 865+ chip, a better camera array, more RAM, and an OLED display. The S7 FE, by comparison, uses an LCD panel with a 778G Snapdragon processor and is limited to 4GB of RAM in its 64GB configuration.
As for deals, Best Buy and B&H Photo are offering the S7 FE for $449.99, about $80 off its original retail price. The S7 Plus, meanwhile, is on sale at both Amazon and Walmart, where you can pick up the 128GB, Wi-Fi-equipped model for $649.99 instead of $849.99. This is the best discount we’ve ever seen on this tablet, however, given the recent introduction of the S8 line, we don’t expect retailers — including Samsung — to offer either model much longer. Read our S7 and S7 Plus reviews.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus, and S8 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series may have just launched, but you can get up to $100 in Google Play credit when you purchase any model in the Tab S8 lineup at Samsung. To be specific, purchasing the standard Tab S8 ($699.99) gets you a $50 gift card, while the S8 Plus ($899.99) and the S8 Ultra ($1,099.99) net you a $100 gift card. You’ll also receive a free pair of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 in the lavender colorway when you purchase any of the three tablets.
While there are some clear upgrades across the S8 line, there are a number of similarities as well. They all use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, feature quad-speaker arrays, run on Android 12, and come packaged with a Samsung S Pen stylus. Each model also supports Wi-Fi 6E and comes equipped with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, but the S8 Ultra is available in 12GB and 16GB configurations as well. The S8 and S8 Plus essentially serve as direct replacements for their Tab S7 predecessors, while the S8 Ultra is a more feature-packed model with support for 5G connectivity and a 14.6-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 2960 x 1848 resolution.
During our time testing the S8 and S8 Plus, we like the fidelity of the display paired with the performance provided by the upgraded CPU. The form factor for both models was also particularly slim and lightweight, lending them exceptional portability. However, while both models play well with other devices in the Samsung ecosystem, Android apps still struggle with optimization for tablets. Read our reviews of the Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus
We were also impressed with the OLED display on the S8 Ultra, and its incredible performance. However, despite its attempts to bring iPad-level productivity to an Android tablet, neither the OS nor the additional keyboard case is really up to the task. Read our review of the S8 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, and A7 Lite
The Galaxy Tab A7 is a fantastic budget-conscious Android tablet that’s currently available for its lowest price ever at Best Buy. Normally $229.99, the Tab A7 is on sale for $195.99, its best price to date. This 10.4-inch tablet features a 1080p display and a battery that’s capable of supporting up to 10 hours of video streaming, which teams up perfectly with the robust sound quality provided by its speakers. The build quality of this 32GB tablet is excellent and is compatible with microSD storage if you need a little extra space for apps. Unless the tablet you’re shopping for needs to double as a workstation or have an excellent camera, the Tab A7 handles the basics at a very approachable price. Read our review.
If you’re in the market for a barebones entertainment device — whether for yourself or your kids — the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a tablet to consider, one that essentially functions as a smaller and less powerful version of the standard A7. Unlike the A7, however, the Lite is currently available at Amazon and Target for a mere $129.99 instead of its typical list price of $159.99. The 8.7-inch display offers just 1340 x 800 resolution, though the base model also comes equipped with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, just like the larger model. While it is less powerful, it’s also difficult to find a tablet with these specs that’s available at this price point.
The A7 and A7 Lite are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor and a Mediatek Helio P22T CPU, respectively. While the Snapdragon 662 is marginally more powerful than the Helio P22T, neither processor is particularly well suited to do much heavy lifting. They’ll easily handle media streaming, but our advice is to use these tablets for play, not work.