Best Tablets & 2-in-1s: December 2017

As most of you probably already know, not many tablets and 2-in-1s launch on a monthly basis, which is why there are not many changes in our list compared to last month. The Galaxy Tab S3, Google Pixelbook and Samsung’s Pro and Plus Chromebooks are still leading the race, as expected, while there are some compelling devices following those four devices. As it’s usually the case, we’ve singled out ten tablets / 2-in-1s to share with you this month, well, 11, but the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus are sharing the same spot on the list. Having said that, read on if you’re interested.

10. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet had been introduced way back in March 2015, and it’s still a part of this list, which actually says a lot about the state of tablets in today’s market. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is made out of metal and glass, and it comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. The device sports a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, while it packs in 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. This tablet is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, while a 6,000mAh battery is also included in this package. At the moment, only the 4G LTE variant of the Xperia Z4 Tablet is available on Amazon (even though Sony released a Wi-Fi variant as well), and it is priced at $599.97.

9. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

Amazon’s 2017 Fire HD 10 tablet is a budget option for those of you who are not planning to break the back in order to get a tablet. This gadget comes with on-screen buttons, while it sports a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) is fueled by the MediaTek MT8173 64-bit quad-core processor, while the device comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. This handset ships with a customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it also packs in a set of stereo speakers, which is a nice addition having this tablet’s price in mind. Speaking of which, the 32GB storage variant of this tablet is priced at $149.99, while the 64GB storage model costs $189.99.

8. Google Pixel C

The Google Pixel C was announced back in 2015, and it’s still more than powerful enough. This tablet is made out of metal, it comes with a 10.2-inch 2560 x 1800 display, and it offers stock Android on the inside. The device originally shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, though you can upgrade it to Android 8.0 Oreo now. The device is fueled by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 64-bit quad-core processor, while it sports 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. On the back of the Pixel C, you’ll find an 8-megapixel camera, while stereo speakers are also included here. The Pixel C can be purchased for $530 over on Amazon.

7. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is the first 2-in-1 gadget on our list. This device serves as both a Chromebook, and a laptop, as it has a touchscreen installed. The Chromebook Flip C302 is the middle-of-the-road Chromebook, it sports a 12.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, while it also comes with 4GB of RAM. This device is made out of metal, and its build is quite sturdy all around. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is fueled by the Intel Core M3 SoC, and if you’re interested in buying one, you’ll be glad to know that it is currently available on Amazon, and it costs $449 at the moment.

6. Huawei MediaPad M3

The Huawei MediaPad M3 was announced over a year ago at this point, but this metal-clad tablet is one of the better tablets out there at the moment. This tablet comes with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, while it also packs in 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. Stereo speakers are also a part of this package, and the same can be said for a 5,100mAh non-removable battery. An 8-megapixel snapper is located on the back of this tablet, and one such camera is included on the front side of the device as well. The Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet is available via Amazon as we speak, and it’s currently at a discount, it is priced at $219 at the moment (27 percent off).

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung had introduced two variants of its Galaxy Tab S2 tablet back in July 2015, an 8-inch and 9.7-inch models. These two tablets are quite similar, as they share most of their spec sheets. Both of these tablets ship with the Snapdragon 652 or the Exynos 5433 SoC, depending on in which market you purchase them. On the inside of the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets, you’ll find 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage, while both tablets also come with an 8-megapixel main camera. The smaller Galaxy Tab S2 tablet packs in a 4,000mAh battery, while the larger one comes with a 5,870mAh battery pack.

4. Lenovo Yoga Book

The Lenovo Yoga Book is yet another 2-in-1 device on this list. This versatile gadget had been announced a while back as well, but it still belongs on this list. The Lenovo Yoga Book comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage. The device is fueled by the Intel Atom X5-Z8550 SoC, while the device comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8,500mAh non-removable battery. The device is available in Gunmetal Gray and Champagne Gold color variants, and if you’re interested in purchasing the Lenovo Yoga Book, you can do so via Amazon, the device is now discounted to $329.94 (34 percent off).

3. Samsung Chromebook Plus & Pro

The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro were announced earlier this year, and they both have the capability of running Android applications out of the box, just like every other Chromebook that was announced this year. These two handsets are made out of metal, and the ‘Pro’ model is more powerful than the ‘Plus’ variant, but it’s also more expensive, of course. Both of these devices come with a touch-sensitive display, so you can basically use them as both tablets and laptops. The Samsung Chromebook Plus is priced at $399 at the moment, while you can get the Samsung Chromebook Pro for $536 from Amazon.

2. Google Pixelbook

The Google Pixelbook is the most expensive Chromebook out in the market, but many would say it’s also the best one. This device is made out of metal, and Google really did go all out when it comes to its design. The device is fueled by either the Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, depending on which variant you decide to get, while these two SoC variants come with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, respectively. Much like Samsung’s Chromebook offerings that are third-placed on this list, the Google Pixelbook can run Android applications. The 8GB RAM variant of the Google Pixelbook is available from Amazon, and it is priced at $1,099.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Galaxy Tab S3 is the most powerful tablet Samsung has released to date. This tablet was announced earlier this year, and it is made out of metal and glass. The Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor, while it also sports a 6,000mAh non-removable battery, and a set of stereo speakers, four of them, actually. Android 7.0 Nougat comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Tab S3, and the device is available on Amazon for $477.99.

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