"Looking for an affordable tablet? Our roundup has the best options priced under Rs 15,000."
Like smartphones, the affordable tablet category has also grown over the past few years, peppered with plenty of capable options at affordable prices. While Apple's iPads still continue to rule the premium roost, Windows and Android have taken over the budget and mid-range segments, with a wide choice from international and Indian brands alike. The sub-Rs 15,000 range has seen a surge of new tablets of late, headlined by the Xiaomi Mi Pad and the ASUS Fonepad series. Notably, most of the options in our list are powered by Intel processors. If you're looking for an affordable slate, our roundup has the best options.
Launched last year, the Wi-Fi only Acer Iconia W4 is a feature-packed Windows 8.1 slate that’s now available for less than half the original price. The device sports an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Powering the show is a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor (burst frequency up to 1.86GHz), paired with 2GB RAM. There’s a meaty 32GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The slate features a 5MP primary camera and 2MP secondary camera, and is fuelled by a 4,960mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad has the specs of a flagship tablet, but the price of an affordable one. The iPad Mini clone flaunts a 7.9-inch display with a stunning resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 326ppi. It was the first device to be powered by the 2.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset. The memory department comprises of 2GB of RAM and 16GB of fixed internal storage. There’s an 8MP camera at the rear, and a 2MP shooter up front. Handling software is Android 4.4 KitKat, overlaid with Xiaomi’s MIUI 6. The Wi-Fi only slate draws power from a 6,700mAh battery.
Related read: Xiaomi Mi Pad review
The latest ASUS Fonepad slate comes with dual-SIM card slots and support for voice-calling. It sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Ticking at its core is a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Z2520 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage on offer, expandable up to 64GB via microSD. The tablet features an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter and a 3,950mAh battery. It runs Android KitKat with ZenUI on top.
Related read: ASUS Fonepad 7 FE171CG review
The Dell Venue 8 features an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. It’s powered by a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage on offer, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. The tablet features an 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. It is fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery, and runs the dated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also packs in a SIM card slot to enable 3G connectivity.
Related read: Dell Venue 8 review
The Huawei Honor T1 voice-calling tablet features an 8-inch IPS display. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage on board, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The slate runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI on top. The remaining features include an 5MP primary camera, a VGA front camera and 4,800mAh battery.
Related read: Huawei Honor T1 first impressions
Other worthy options at this price include the Micromax Canvas Laptab (quick look) and iBall Slide WQ149. Both devices are Intel-powered Windows 8.1 hybrids, giving you the added benefit and flexibility of a keyboard that can be attached to the slates to convert them into mini laptops.
Note: Prices mentioned are the best available at the time of publishing, and are subject to change at the discretion of retailers.
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