Best Tablets & 2-in-1s: January 2018

We did not really get all that many tablet and 2-in-1 device launches in the last couple of months, so you won’t exactly see many changes on this list compared to December last year. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 still leads the pack, while a couple of Chromebooks are following it. In the provided list, you will a couple of budget tablets, on top of the Galaxy Tab S3, while several 2-in-1 devices are also listed down below. If you’re interested in checking out the list itself, and / or perhaps get one of the mentioned devices, well, read on.

10. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

The Xperia Z4 Tablet had been announced way back in March 2015, and it’s still a solid offering if you’re looking for a new tablet, as this tablet is still available for purchase. The device is made out of metal and glass, while it sports a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor fuels this tablet, while you’re getting a 6,000mAh non-removable battery as part of the package. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, and you can still grab it from Amazon if you’re interested. The 4G LTE variant of the tablet is available on Amazon for $599.99, in case you’re interested.

9. Google Pixel C

Much like it’s the case with the Xperia Z4 Tablet, the Google Pixel C was announced back in 2015 as well, in October. This tablet has been out there for quite some time, but it’s still available for purchase. This tablet is fueled by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 64-bit quad-core processor, and it comes with a 10.2-inch 2560 x 1800 display. This tablet sports 3GB of RAM and it was announced in both 32GB and 64GB storage variants. A 9,240mAh non-removable battery is also included in this package, while Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes out of the box. Do keep in mind that this tablet is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo, though. The Pixel C can be purchased for around $500.

8. Amazon Fire HD 10

Last year, in September, Amazon introduced two new tablets, the Amazon Fire HD 8 and HD 10. Having said that, we’re here to talk about the larger model, the Amazon Fire HD 10, which comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. On the inside of this tablet, you will find 2GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of expandable storage. MediaTek’s MT8173 64-bit quad-core processor fuels this tablet, while a customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed on the device. This tablet also comes with a set of stereo speakers, and if you’re interested in getting either 32GB or 64GB storage variants of this tablet, links are available down below. The 32GB storage model is priced at $149.99, while the 64GB storage variant costs $189.99 on Amazon.

7. ASUS Chromebook Flip C302

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is one of the 2-in-1 gadgets that were announced last year. By 2-in-1, we mean that it can be used as both a tablet and a laptop, thanks to its touch-sensitive display. In any case, this device is made out of metal, while it can be considered to be a mid-range Chromebook. It sports a 12.5-inch fullHD display, while it comes with 4GB of RAM. Intel’s Core m3 or Core m5 processor (depending on the variant) fuels this Chromebook, and you will be able to run Android applications on this Chromebook, if that’s a feature that you need. If you’re interested in getting this device, get ready to fork out $485 for the Core m3 variant, while the Core m5 model will set you back $609.99.

6. Huawei MediaPad M3

The Huawei MediaPad M3 is Huawei’s metal-clad tablet. This device comes with a physical key below its display, and it was announced back in 2016. Huawei’s very own Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor fuels this tablet, while the device ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out fo the box. As part of this package, you’ll also be getting 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage (depending on which variant you opt to get). The MediaPad M3 sports an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, while a 5,100mAh non-removable battery is also included here. Getting the 32GB storage variant of this tablet will set you back $279, while the 64GB storage model costs $319.80 at the moment.

5. Lenovo Yoga Book

The Lenovo Yoga Book is also a 2-in-1 gadget, though unlike some Chromebooks that you’ll see on this list, the Lenovo Yoga Book ships with Android out of the box (it’s worth noting that a Windows variant is also available). This device has been announced quite some time ago, but it’s still quite compelling if you’re looking for a tablet which can also serve you as a laptop, thanks to that keyboard dock. This device sports a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. Intel’s Atom X5-Z8550 processor fuels the Lenovo Yoga Book, while an 8,500mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package. The Lenovo Yoga Book is currently discounted, you can grab it for $306 from Amazon, while it usually costs $499.99.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Back in July 2015, Samsung had introduced the Galaxy Tab S2 in two variants, one sporting an 8-inch display, and one sporting a 9.7-inch panel. These two devices are fueled by the same SoCs, plural, because there are two variants of each tablet, one shipping with the Snapdragon 652, and the other one shipping with the Exynos 5433 SoC. On the inside of these tablets, you’ll find 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage, while an 8-megapixel main snapper is included on both of them as well. Having said that, the 8-inch model comes with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, while the larger tablet sports a 5,870mAh non-removable battery. Both of these tablets are currently available from Amazon, links have been included down below.

3. Samsung Chromebook Plus & Pro

Samsung had introduced two Chromebooks last year at the same time, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. These two gadgets are both made out of metal, though they sport different internals. The Samsung Chromebook Pro is the more powerful of the two, though they both ship with touch-sensitive displays, and they can both run Android applications out of the box. That being said, both of these devices sport a 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 display, and both ship with 4GB of RAM on the inside. The Samsung Chromebook Pro can be purchased from Amazon for $529, while the ‘Plus’ model costs $424.

2. Google Pixelbook

The Google Pixelbook is Google’s very own Chromebook, which is, at the same time, the most expensive Chromebook out there. This device is made out of metal, and it is fueled by either Intel’s Core i5 or Core i7 processor, depending on the variant you decide to get. In addition to that, the device ships in 8GB and 16GB RAM variants, 8GB RAM comes included with the Core i5 SoC, while the 16GB RAM is included in the Core i7 model. 128GB and 256GB storage Core i5 variants are available, while the Core i7 Pixelbook ships with 512GB of internal storage. Those three variants of the Google Pixelbook are priced at $999, $1,198.98 and $1,649, respectively.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsung’s most powerful tablet to date. This tablet is made out of metal, it sports a front-facing fingerprint scanner / physical home button, and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor. This device sports a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. A 6,000mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package, while you will find a 13-megapixel snapper on the back of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is currently available for purchase on Amazon, and it costs around $470.

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