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The latest tablets are often a masterclass in the world of cutting-edge tech – from powerful processors and supersized screens to hardworking batteries and masses of storage. However, you don’t need to go over your budget to own a tablet that can hold its own against more expensive models.

Plenty of cheaper tablets often have similar features to flagship devices. If you’re thinking about getting a budget tablet, here’s a selection of devices we’d recommend.

Huawei MediaPad T3 10

Screen size: 9.6-inch
Weight: 460g
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8917
Operating system: EMUI 8.0 + Android 8.0
Memory: 2GB + 16GB
Battery: 4,800mAh

Huawei MediaPad T3 10 specs

Huawei have managed to effortlessly combine power and play with the MediaPad T3 10. See the world in vibrant colour through the vivid 9.6-inch display and use eye comfort mode to adjust your screen brightness to your surroundings. The T3 10’s lightweight, portable body - built with a sleek, single piece of thick aluminium - makes it super-handy for entertainment on the go, and you can even customise your settings so kids can play and learn safely. The custom Android OS is carefully designed for intuitive and easy interactions, and the hardworking 4,800mAh battery can keep up with you all day.

Huawei MediaPad T5 10

Screen size: 10.1-inch
Weight: 460g
Processor: Kirin 695 Octa-Core chipset
Operating system: EMUI 8.0 (Based on Android 8.0)
Memory: 2GB + 16GB
Battery: 5,100mAh

Huawei MediaPad T5 10 specs

An eye-catching tablet with a refined design, the MediaPad T5 10 is a sleek, lightweight device for busy families who love entertainment. The 10.1-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio delivers clear, crisp detail in vivid colours, and Huawei’s Histen audio technology produces rich, multi-layered sound for an immersive cinematic experience. You can even use eye-comfort mode to minimise eye strain if you’re browsing in low light. The octa-core processor provides fast, responsive performance while consuming less power, and the Android-based EMUI 8.0 operating system is designed for a smoother, more intelligent and intuitive user experience. If your children want to have their turn, it’s no problem - just use Children’s Corner to easily manage which apps they can use and how long they spend online by personalising access settings just for them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Screen size: 10.4-inch
Weight: 477g
Processor: Octa-Core
Operating system: Android
Memory: 32GB
Battery: 7,040mAh

Galaxy Tab A7 specs

Get ready to master the art of multi-tasking on this hardworking, affordable tablet from Samsung which was built to impress. It’s just 7mm thick, but the Octa-core processor and powerful RAM pack a punch. Games load smoothly, browsing is fluid and more responsive, and apps load quickly. You can enjoy all your favourite entertainment on the 10.4-inch dynamic display with Dolby Atmos surround sound, and the 7,040mAh battery with 15W Fast Charging will power you through the day. Connect your family’s devices and share photos, reminders and calendar events, and use Google Duo to stay in touch with the people who matter. Plus, if your kids want to join in the fun, Samsung Kids is the perfect space for child-friendly learning, games and entertainment which you can monitor.

Alcatel 3T 10

Screen size: 10.1-inch
Weight: 440g
Processor: Quad-Core
Operating system: Android 10 (Android Q)
Memory: 2GB and 32GB, supports MicroSD card up to 128Gb
Battery: 5,500mAh

Alcatel 3T 10 specs

The Alcatel 3T 10 is a sleek, portable tablet built for helping you stay organised. Voice-controlled Google Assistant lets you multitask hands-free, make calls and ask Google questions - you can even pair it with smart home devices to adjust the lights, control the temperature and see who’s at the door. You can browse in comfort on the 10.1-inch HD display and make the most of your music - the 3T 10’s dual front speakers and double bass enhancement units accurately produce crisp, quality audio. The 5,500mAh battery with smart power management will keep you going all day, and you can even use reverse charging to charge your phone, or any other devices which need a boost.

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