Love the idea of watching Netflix in bed on a tablet, but not ready to splurge on an iPad Pro? Looking for a cheap tablet in Singapore doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you are looking for one to doodle while you sip on a cuppa, or perhaps an easy-to-use one for your kids, we’ve got you sorted with some of the best budget android tablets in town! From affordable Samsung tablets and Huawei Matepad to Wacom’s drawing tablets, here are our best finds under $500 to save you from burning a hole in your pocket.
The best cheap tablets in Singapore
For overall use
1. New Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 LTE 2019
We cannot start the list of best cheap Android tablets in Singapore without mentioning the Samsung Galaxy A 10.1 LTE 2019 (available on Samsung Official Store). It’s a great tablet for work, watching movies and even taking photos — with the 5MP front facing camera and 8MP back-facing camera. The 10.1-inch display is coupled with a 1920 x 1200px resolution that’ll display sharp text and pictures while allowing you to watch your favourite Netflix dramas. This tablet can also be used to play video games on the go, however, you might notice some slight stuttering when playing in HD mode, especially when playing more intensive games. The 3D dual speakers provide a home theatre movie-watching experience while the integrated Samsung Kids Home for your kids. For its affordability and features, this is definitely one of the best budget Android tablets to get right now.
For a Huawei run tablet
2. HUAWEI MatePad (10.4-inch) LTE
Even without Google, Huawei tablets are a force to be reckoned with — think sleek designs and powerful processors. The price point of their MatePad Pro may seem high for the average folk but with the Huawei MatePad 10.4 – inch Tablet (available on Huawei Official Store) going for just under under $500, you might be able to finally experience the hype of this brand’s tablets.
The MatePad 10.4 tablet boasts an excellent overall build and quality with a good battery life, 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM of storage and a more than decent 8 MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera. The 2000 x 1200 pixels crystal-clear display allows you to play video games or watch shows on. While the Kirin 810 processor offers blistering fast speeds and supports games like Call of Duty(Mobile) at the highest graphics quality setting.
The biggest setback is that you won’t be able to access Google’s apps like Instagram or video-streaming apps like Netflix. However, you can continue streaming from Asian video streaming apps like TVB and Viu. If you’re not too fussed about having Google apps or want a tablet for gaming or taking Zoom calls, then the Huawei MatePad can do the job for you!
For streaming movies and songs
3. Lenovo Tab 4 8
Non-iPad buyers can rest assured that there are many capable Android tablets that are able to hold their own against the glitzy world of their Apple counterparts. Lenovo is one of the top choice brands in the laptop world so it’s hardly a surprise that Lenovo tablets are popular too.
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 (available on Lenovo Official Store) comes with 2GB RAM — expandable up to 128GB with a MicroSD card, a 4,850mAh battery and an 8-inch display. The dual front-facing speakers is a feature to highlight here. With both speakers at the front and stereo separation included, you can expect to immerse yourself in a quality movie-watching or listen to your favourite songs. At 7mm thin and weighing just 300g, this is one cheap tablet in Singapore you’d want to be seen with!
For a smart cheap tablet
4. Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
Add this cheap tablet in Singapore to your smart home device collection! The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab (available on Lenovo Official Store) can be used to stream movies and your favourite music beats when paired with your Google Assistant device! You’ll notice that the design of this tablet is more distinctive compared to the rest of the tablets on this list. It boasts a curved, sturdy edge with a kickstand for easy placement on tables or use on-the-go. The curved side also allows for a comfortable grip when you hold it in portrait orientation.
However, one thing to note is that its Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 is a mid-range chipset and does not perform as well for intensive tasks like gaming. The 320nits display may also cause the display to go dark and may not work well outdoors. However, a major plus point is Google’s Assistant Ambient mode which you can use with voice commands. With its smart features, this is definitely one of the best budget Android tablets to own.
For kids (and grown-ups)
5. Samsung Tab A 8.0 2019
If you’re looking for a cheap tablet in Singapore that’s suitable for your kids to use, then consider getting the Samsung Tab A 8.0 2019 (available on Gadgetaffair). It’s similar to the Samsung Tab A 10-inch tablet above, but much more affordable at just $170. With the price drop, the tablet performs well enough to support basic use like surfing the net, watching videos and gaming. However, don’t expect this tablet to perform well for intense gaming sessions — as the Snapdragon 429 chipset isn’t equipped to handle that.
This is also one of the best budget Android tablets to distract your toddlers or even laptop alternatives for your teens! Design wise, the Galaxy Tab 8-inch is lightweight and compact enough to hold with one hand. Similar to the Tab A 10-inch, this device also comes integrated with Samsung Kids Home with native apps and a handy Parental Control feature so you can monitor usage. Coupled with the price, non-premium and basic features, we think this is one of the best budget Android tablets to get for your kids or even for yourself.
6. Wacom Intuos Pro M Graphic Drawing Pen Tablet
Whether you’re a professional or budding graphic designer, you would have surely heard of the drawing tablet brand, Wacom. Wacom Cintiq tablets are well-known for being some of the best drawing tablets but many may be put off by the hefty prices. This is where the Wacom Intuos drawing tablets come into play. These cheap tablets in Singapore may be lower in price but are still high in quality and are your perfect design companion if you aren’t too fussy about having to draw directly onto the screen. Looking for recommendations?
The Wacom Intuos Pro M Graphic Drawing Pen Tablet (available on Wacom Official Store) comes with a sensitive Pro Pen 2, a multi-touch touchpad and eight customisable ExpressKeys that’ll come handy when chasing deadlines. To use this tablet, all you’ve got to do is to connect it to your computers and draw on the tablet to see your designs appear on the screen. Think it’ll be hard for you to master that hand-eye coordination between this drawing tablet and computer screen? The Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition (available on Wacom Official Store) is slightly pricier but boasts a unique paper drawing feature that allows you to place a paper on the tablet, draw on it and later refine your work digitally. How cool is that?
7. Huion 2020 Kamvas 13 Pen Display Drawing Tablet
Huion tablets are another popular brand on the market. If you’re on the hunt for a cheap drawing tablet in Singapore that you can stow away in your backpack and whip out when the creative bug hits, then you might want to consider the Huion 2020 Kamvas 13 Pen Display Drawing Tablet (available on huion.sg) which comes is slim, compact and light — weighing in at 980g. However, take note that you’d still need to connect this to a laptop or desktop to work on.
This cheap tablet in Singapore comes with a PW 517 Pen with high-level pressure sensitivity and 60-degree tilt recognition. The tablet has a Full HD resolution and comes with an anti-glare laminated screen for better accuracy when drawing. This tablet, like other Huion tablets, are compatible with Microsoft Office and Adobe software. It’s also compatible with other Android devices so you can connect and upload your work directly to your phones!
Ready to tap or draw away on your tablets?
We hope you’ve got a better idea on the roundup of cheap (but good) tablets in Singapore. If you don’t require the portability of tablets, invest in laptops. Check out these best cheap laptops or customise your own computer rig with this guide on how to build a PC for a truly rewarding experience.
This article was updated on 13-11-2020. Additional research done by Abigail Chang.
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