Tablets exist in a space between phones and laptops that is becoming increasingly confusing. As phones get more powerful and gain bigger screens, laptops continue to get lighter. However, tablet makers haven’t rested on their laurels, and many of the newer tablets we’ve seen seek to close the performance gap and, in some cases, handle certain tasks more efficiently than phones and laptops. .
The spectrum of tablets is also varied. Inexpensive models like the Amazon Fire HD 10 make great media streaming devices, while those in Microsoft’s versatile Surface line can easily double as ad-hoc laptops when paired with a folio-style keyboard. optional. Then there’s the ubiquitous iPad, a slate that’s become the go-to tablet for anyone looking for something within the Apple ecosystem (and for many outside of it).
Below, we’ve rounded up deals for a number of Android, iPadOS, and Windows tablets. We’ve also broken down the deals by manufacturer to make things easier, and we’ll continue to update this post regularly as new discounts and sales become available.
Deals on Apple tablets
iPad Air 2020
The recent announcement of a new iPad Air led Apple to significantly discount its last-generation predecessor, the 2020 iPad Air. The older model may lack Apple’s super-fast M1 chip, but its A14 Bionic processor is still capable of delivering plenty of power and should be fast enough for the vast majority of applications. The tablet is also compatible with various iPad Air accessories, which let you turn it into an ad-hoc laptop using add-ons like Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers a stunning Retina display with 2360 x 1640 and a wide color gamut, not to mention a USB-C port for charging. Normally $599, the 64GB Wi-Fi-equipped iPad Air is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy right now for $499.99, which is its best price yet. Read our review.
iPad Pro 12.9 inch 2021
In many ways, the iPad Pro is the most recent full-scale model of the iPad Air. The 12.9-inch Pro features Apple’s M1 chip, the same all-aluminum form factor, and the option of 5G connectivity. The 12-inch iPad Pro features a larger Mini LED display, along with a superior camera array, Face ID support, and variable refresh rate.
The 128GB model with Wi-Fi normally costs $1099.99, but can currently be found on Amazon and Best Buy for around $999. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a Micro Center within driving distance, you can save an additional $100 with in-store pickup, bringing the price down to $899.99. The current discount is attractive, but keep in mind that this particular model has held that price for several months, so we don’t recommend paying more than $1,000 if you’re considering buying one. Read our review.
Lenovo Tablet Deals
Lenovo P11 Tab
The 11-inch Lenovo Tab P11 normally starts at $259.99 but is currently discounted at Best Buy to $199.99, which is its best price yet. This model is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage out of the box, however, thanks to its microSD card slot, you can upgrade it after purchase. The low-end Android tablet also has a 2000 x 1000 display resolution and has an 8MP front camera for video chatting, as well as a 13MP rear camera for taking photos. While the P11 is compatible with an optional keyboard dock, the tablet’s Snapdragon 662 processor and limited RAM prevent the P11 from doing much lifting, making it more suitable for light browsing and media consumption.
Microsoft Tablet Deals
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
If you don’t mind a limited port selection and need a tablet with plenty of performance in a lightweight chassis, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 might just do the trick. The attractive and modern slate features a 13-inch touchscreen, 2880 x 1920 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate – a rarity outside of the gaming sphere. It’s also a excellent teleconferencing device thanks to its far-field studio microphones and 5 MP front camera. Even better, it serves as a competent laptop replacement when using the built-in kickstand and optional keyboard cover.
Right now, the Surface Pro 8 is on sale with Microsoft’s Surface Pro Keyboard at Best Buy for $999.98, which is $240 off the normal list price of the package. Note that this particular model comes with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Read our review.
Samsung tablet deals
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series may have just launched, but you can already get a Best Buy gift card up to $100 when you buy any model in the Tab S8 line at Best Buy. To be specific, buying the standard S8 ($699.99) gets you a $50 gift card, the S8 Plus ($899.99) gets you a $75 gift card, and the S8 Ultra ($1,099. $99) a $100 gift card, all of which are good for a future purchase.
While there are clear upgrades to the S8 range, there are also a number of similarities. They all use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, feature quad-speaker arrays, run Android 12, and come with a Samsung S Pen. Each model also supports Wi-Fi 6E and comes equipped with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, but the S8 Ultra is also available in 12GB and 16GB configurations. The S8 and S8 Plus essentially serve as direct replacements to their Tab S7 predecessors, while the S8 Ultra is a more feature-rich model with 5G connectivity support and a 14.6-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 2 960×1848.
Although we haven’t reviewed Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 line yet, we generally liked the Tab S7 series (see below). That said, we’ll have our full impressions on the site soon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus
The 11 and 12 inch models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 still manage to hold their own, even with the recent release of the Tab S8 series. Both use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, can run Android 12, have quad-speaker systems, and come with Samsung’s S-Pen. The biggest differences between the two models are the displays – the S7 uses an 11-inch LCD screen while the S7 Plus uses a 12.4-inch OLED display.
Although we’ve seen the standard 128GB S7 with Wi-Fi for as little as $450, it’s currently only available on clearance at Best Buy for $584.99, about $65 off its price. original detail. The S7 Plus, meanwhile, is also on sale at Best Buy, where you can pick up the 128GB Wi-Fi-equipped model for $725 instead of $849.99. We’ve seen deeper discounts on both models in the past, however, given the recent introduction of the S8 range, we don’t expect retailers including Samsung to offer either. other model much longer. Read our S7 and S7 Plus reviews.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and A7 Lite
If you’re looking for a barebones entertainment device, either for you or your kids, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and A7 Lite are two tablets to consider. The standard base Galaxy Tab A7 model has a 10.4-inch display, 32GB of storage and a paltry 3GB of RAM, not to mention a rather dated processor. While the general specs of the A7 may leave some power users craving something with a bit more juice, the budget tablet still offers great-sounding speakers, great build quality and a display commendable.
The A7 Lite, on the other hand, is a smaller and less powerful version of the standard A7. The 8.7-inch screen only offers a 1340 x 800 resolution, and like the larger model, the base configuration comes with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Although less powerful, it’s also hard to find a tablet with these specs available at this price.
Right now, the 32GB Wi-Fi-equipped A7 is on sale at Best Buy for $195.99 instead of $229.99, while the budget A7 Lite is currently available on Amazon for $129. $ instead of $159.99. Read our Galaxy Tab A7 review.