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
This year’s 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 currently available at Walmart for $549.99. The 64GB variant is also on sale exclusively for Walmart Plus members, who can pick it up right now for $399.99 ($140 off), the tablet’s lowest price to date. 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 13 and Tab 11
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 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 $579.99, it’s currently available for just $379.99 at Lenovo. The like-minded Yoga Tab 11 is also on sale at Lenovo and Walmart with a Lenovo Yoga Pen for $269.99 instead of its usual price of $369.99. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for either of these tablets.
On the design front, both the Tab 13 and Tab 11 feature a large, adjustable handle on the back of the display. Besides providing a convenient way to hang either tablet on a variety of surfaces, the distinct feature allows each to serve as an external monitor for any device that can be connected via USB-C. The extended area that juts from the base of each model also houses a large stereo speaker, lending both a broader sound profile.
The Yoga Tab 13 has a 13-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2160 x 1350, 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 13 the appearance of a laptop, it still runs Android 11 and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile CPU, though its 8GB of RAM makes it slightly more capable when running several apps in tandem.
The Yoga Tab 11 has many of the same features as its larger counterpart, including the same speakers and connectivity options. However, the Tab 11 uses a slightly less powerful MediaTek processor and only 4GB of RAM. This may cause the tablet to struggle a bit with several apps running at once. The Tab 11 has the same IPS display with Dolby Vision and a 60Hz refresh rate, but sports a resolution of 2000 x 1200 on its 11-inch screen.
Both tablets come packaged with 128GB of storage and feature a microSD card slot if you need some additional space. However, both of these devices are nearing the end of their supported life, which is important to note for applications that might require compatibility with Android 12.
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, the Surface Pro 8 is on sale at Microsoft for $879.99, saving you a cool $240 off the regular $1,099.99 price. 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 S7 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus still manages to hold its own, even with the recent release of the Tab S8 series. It can run on Android 12, features a quad-speaker system, and comes packaged with Samsung’s S Pen. The S7 Plus also boasts a powerful Snapdragon 865+ chip, an impressive camera array, 6GB of RAM, and an OLED display.
As for deals, the S7 Plus is on sale in the 128GB, Wi-Fi configuration on Amazon for $649.02 instead of $849.99. Walmart Plus members, however, can grab the same model for $499.99 for a limited time. This is one of the largest discounts we’ve ever seen on the tablet since its release in 2020, 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 Plus review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus, and S8 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series just launched earlier this year, but you can already find discounted configurations across the S8 lineup at Amazon and Best Buy. The 128GB, Wi-Fi configuration of the standard Tab S8 ($699.99), for instance, is discounted to $629.99 right now at Best Buy, while the same configuration of the S8 Plus ($899.99) is on sale for just $803.02 at Amazon. As for the S8 Ultra, the best discount currently available is at Samsung, where you can pick up the 128GB, Wi-Fi model for $999.99 ($100 off) with a $200 Samsung credit.
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 that touts a 120Hz refresh rate and 2960 x 1848 resolution.
In our Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus review, we noted how much we enjoyed both displays and the performance provided by the upgraded CPU. Both models are also slim and lightweight, too, lending them exceptional portability. However, while both play well with other devices in the Samsung ecosystem, many Android apps still struggle due to poor optimization.
The S8 Ultra, on the other hand, impressed us with its mammoth OLED display and snappy performance. Despite its attempts to bring iPad-level productivity to an Android tablet, however, neither the OS nor the optional 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 on Amazon 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.