With the turn of the year it’s that time again to check out some of the best new Android tablets and 2-in-1s on the market, which might be especially helpful if you’re actually searching for your first tablet or 2-in-1 or a new tablet or 2-in-1 device to replace an existing unit. While the Android tablets may not be as popular as they once were, there are still new units being released and with quite a few options out there, this should help to narrow down which ones are worth your time of looking into.
10. Chuwi HiBook Pro 2-in-1 Ultrabook
Chuwi is a brand very few people have heard of. This company is coming from China, and they more or less specialize in releasing 2-in-1 devices, like the one that’s listed here, the Chuwi HiBook Pro 2-in-1 Ultrabook. This laptop comes with both Android and Windows pre-installed, while it is fueled by an Intel Atom SoC, and 4GB of RAM, while a 10.1-inch touchscreen display is also a part of this offering. A keyboard dock is also an option here, which makes this a rather versatile device, it can serve you as a laptop, or as a tablet, if you detach the keyboard dock.
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) is Samsung’s latest ‘Galaxy Tab A’ tablet out there. As its name says, this device sports a 10.1-inch display up front, and we’re looking at 1920 x 1200 resolution here. In addition to that, you’re also getting 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on which variant you opt for, and if you choose to purchase the 3GB RAM model, you’ll also get the company’s S Pen stylus which will certainly come in handy in some situations. This tablet is fueled by the Exynos 7870 64-bit octa-core SoC, and it is Samsung’s mid-range tablet offering.
8. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the few 10.1-inch tablets that were introduced in the last year or so. This tablet comes in two variants, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE models. These two models are essentially identical, save for the fact that the 4G LTE variant comes with a SIM card slot, of course. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is not exactly cheap, both variants of this device are quite pricey, but you are getting a really nice set of specs for that price, and a really solid build, as we’re used to seeing from Sony. The Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB of RAM and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor.
7. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1
The NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 was introduced back in November 2015, but it’s still a rather nice option for those of you who are looking for an 8-inch Android-powered tablet. This tablet is fueled by the Tegra K1 quad-core SoC, while it packs in 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. A 5-megapixel camera is placed on the back of this tablet, while you’ll find one such camera up front as well. The tablet ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but you can upgrade it to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
6. Acer Chromebook R 13
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is one of the very few Chromebooks currently available that can run Android applications, and that is a huge plus for this device from the get-go. The Acer Chromebook R 13 comes with a 13-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, while it also packs 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This Chromebook is fueled by MediaTek’s MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core SoC, and you’re also getting a 4,670mAH battery, which the company claims will last you up to 12-hours of use.
5. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
ASUS had introduced the Chromebook Flip C302 during this year’s CES in Las Vegas. This is a rather versatile device, as it comes with both a touchscreen, and a keyboard, so you can use it as both a tablet and a laptop. This device runs Chrome OS, of course, and it comes with a support for Android apps. The Chromebook Flip C302 is quite thin, and features a 12.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is fueled by an Intel Core m3 SoC, and you also get two Type-C USB ports here.
4. Google Pixel C
The Google Pixel C is Google’s tablet which launched alongside the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones back in October 2015. This is not the most recent tablet, but it’s the latest Google has to offer. The Pixel C features a 10.2-inch 2560 x 1800 display, 3GB of RAM and comes in both 32GB and 64GB flavors. NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 64-bit quad-core SoC fuels this tablet, and you’re also getting an industrial build here, the Tegra X1 is made out of metal. An 8-megapixel camera is available on the back of this tablet, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on it, but you’ll be able to upgrade it to Android 7.0 Nougat the moment you fire it up.
3. Samsung Chromebook Plus & Pro
Samsung had introduced two Chromebooks during CES 2017, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro models. Both of these Chromebooks come with rotatable displays (up to 360-degrees), and a touchscreen, which makes them very convenient no matter whether you’d like to utilize them as laptops or tablets. These two devices run Chrome OS, and both have support for Android applications. These two Chromebooks are quite similar, but the ‘Pro’ variant is a more powerful option, as it is fueled by a more powerful processor, the Intel Core m3.
2. Lenovo Yoga Book
The Lenovo Yoga Book is a truly versatile device. This device comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. The Lenovo Yoga Book is fueled by Intel’s Atom X5-Z8550 SoC which is clocked at 2.4GHz, and you’re getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box here. The Lenovo Yoga Book’s display is sensitive to touch, and the company is selling quite a few official accessories for the device. The Halo Keyboard which comes with the Yoga Book is a touchscreen keyboard with haptic feedback, and you can use it for sketching and what not.
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
If you’re in a market for a nice Android tablet, which is just a tablet, and nothing else, well, then the Galaxy Tab S2 might be just right for you. This tablet was announced back in mid-2015, and it comes in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants. This is Samsung’s best tablet offering still, as the company is expected to announce the Galaxy Tab S3 in the coming weeks. Both variants of this tablet boast a Super AMOLED display, while you’re also getting 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Tab S2 comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box, but you can upgrade it to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.