Ameya DalviSep 23, 2022 18:35:06 IST
Not too long ago, with smartphone screen sizes increasing every quarter, it seemed like tablets were all but gone. The Apple iPad range was perhaps the only exception. But more than anything, the pandemic has changed its fortunes and brought about a resurgence in the category. Thanks to the work and homeschooling culture, many are looking at tablets as an alternative to laptops.
Whether participating in online lectures or group video calls (both private and professional), the tablet seemed much more convenient. And, of course, it served as an extra screen for home entertainment – bigger than a smartphone, but personal when needed. Now that we’ve established that tablets are here to stay a little longer, we’ll try to answer the most frequently asked question. Which tablet should you buy under Rs 20,000? Here are your top 5 options right now.
Realme Pad X (Wi-Fi Only)
The Realme Pad X is the most powerful tablet in the pack. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which you’ll find in many budget 5G phones in this price bracket. Incidentally, the Realme Pad X is also 5G enabled, but the Wi-Fi + 5G option is not available at this budget and you will have to make do with Wi-Fi only. Even without the 5G element, this chip offers enough processing power to handle most of what you need in this tablet. The Adreno 619 GPU is capable of handling the game even at medium settings.
You get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and you can add another 1TB via a microSD card. This tablet has a large 11-inch WUXGA+ display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels and emits little blue light. Thanks to the 240 Hz touch sampling rate, you can also use the Realme pencil (stylus) with it, which you have to buy separately, but you have the option. Dolby Atmos-compatible quad speakers add to the entertainment quotient.
The Realme Pad X has a few cool tricks up its sleeve. For example, the Limelight function monitors the position and movement of one or more people in the frame in real time through its 105° wide-angle front camera. It also simulates zooming and panning to keep you focused during video calls. The large 8340 mAh battery will last for several days of moderate use and more importantly supports 33W Dart charging, which is a must for tablets considering their large batteries. It runs on Realme UI 3.0 for Android 12 Pad.
Realme Pad X (Wi-Fi only) Price in India: Rs 17,999 for 64GB storage
Realme Pad (Wi-Fi + 4G)
If you want a tablet with an equally impressive (but slightly smaller) 10.4-inch WUXGA+ display and design, and data connectivity is important to you, then the Realme Pad (no X) would be a very good option on current sales. the price is. It is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 SoC with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU and you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can expand it up to 1 TB using a microSD card. The G80 processor is powerful enough for daily browsing, watching videos, making video calls or listening to music, and some casual games.
It runs on Android 11 with close user interface. Watching OTT content on this tablet is a pleasant experience. The four speakers here perform admirably for the most part, and Dolby Atmos compatibility gives it a wider soundstage than you’d expect from built-in speakers on a tablet. Browsing the web or reading e-books is also an easy experience here thanks to multiple viewing modes. The 7100 mAh battery will keep it running for several days under moderate load. Overall, the Realme Pad is a versatile tablet for content consumption.
Realme Pad (Wi-Fi + 4G) Price in India: Rs 15,999 for 64GB storage
Oppo Pad Air (Wi-Fi Only)
The Oppo Pad Air is another neat option, but you only get its Wi-Fi option at this budget. It is powered by the Snapdragon 680 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot for further expansion. Given the current Rs 5,000 price difference between the two models, we think the 64GB variant offers much better value for money. This tablet also has a 7100 mAh battery and four speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos.
You get a sharp 10.36-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels and supports a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. As a result, like the Realme Pad X, you can use a stylus with the Oppo Pad Air, but it’s not part of the package. It runs Android 12 out of the box. Did I mention that the Oppo Pad Air is less than 7mm thick?
Oppo Pad Air (Wi-Fi Only) Price in India: Rs 14,999 for 64GB storage; 19,999 for 128GB storage
Motorola Tab G62 LTE (Wi-Fi + 4G)
The Tab G62 LTE from Motorola offers, as the name suggests, Wi-Fi and LTE data connectivity. Its 10.6-inch display is similar to the tablets above. The metal construction gives it a solid feel. Like the Oppo, this tablet is also powered by the Snapdragon 680 SoC and offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s no 128GB option, but you do get a memory card slot here.
The Motorola Tab G62 LTE runs on Android 12 with a custom UI and some privacy-focused features. It has a high capacity 7700 mAh battery and integrates a 20W charger to make it relatively faster. For your entertainment needs here too, the high-resolution display is supported by four Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers. If you don’t need a data connection, you can get the WiFi-only variant of this tablet for Rs 2,000 cheaper.
Motorola Tab G62 LTE (Wi-Fi + 4G) Price in India: Rs 16,999 for 64GB storage
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Amazon is offering a significant discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, slashing the price of its 64GB Wi-Fi only variant by up to Rs. But its Wi-Fi + LTE variant is still selling for around 20k. This difference is a bit excessive in our opinion. But the WiFi-only option for 14K is a big deal for a Samsung-branded tablet. It has a 10.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and yes, four speakers with Dolby Atmos are also present here.
It is powered by a UniSOC T618 octa-core processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card. It runs on Android 11 and has a few software tricks. Powering it is a 7040 mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging, which isn’t really fast in this day and age. A good all-round package for the current price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Price in India: Rs 13,999 for 64GB storage (Wi-Fi only); 19,990 for 64GB (Wi-Fi + LTE).
In case you were wondering, all the tablets on this list have an 8MP camera on the back and either a 5MP or 8MP front camera. They get the job done, especially video calls, but not as enthusiastically as almost every tablet under 20k.