Best Tablet Under $100 – Easy on The Wallet, Heavy on The Specs

Tablets come in all shapes and sizes. But many people think you can’t grab a good one for cheap. This is far from the truth – we ran through some amazing picks in our best tablet under $100 review.

Dragon Touch K10 Tablet

The Tablets- At A Glance

We touched on our entries’ specs in the following table.

Product

Weight

Dimensions

Processor

RAM

ROM

Display

Battery

Lenovo Tab M8 Tablet, 8' HD Android Tablet, Quad-Core Processor, 2GHz,...

10.75 ounces (305 grams)

7.84 in x 4.80 in x 0.32 in (199.1 mm x 121.8 mm x 8.2 mm)

Mediatek Helio A22

2 / 3GB

32 GB

8-inch (203.2 mm) IPS LCD 1280 x 800 pixels

5000 mAh

Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1' 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black

17.7 ounces (504 grams)

10.31 in x 6.26 in x 0.39 in (262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm)

Mediatek MT8183

2 GB

32 / 64 GB

10.1-inch (256.4 mm) IPS LCD 1920 X 1200 pixels

6300 mAh

Dragon Touch K10 Tablet, 10 inch Android Tablet with 16 GB Quad Core...

18.34 ounces (520 grams)

9.45 in x 6.69 in x 0.31 in (240 mm x 169.9 mm x 7.8 mm)

Mediatek MTK 8121

2 GB

16 GB

10.1-inch (256.4 mm) IPS LCD 1280 x 800 pixels

5000 mAh

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, 8' HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof...

19.4 ounces (550 grams)

9.2 in x 7.2 in x 1.0 in (233 mm X 184 mm X 26 mm)

MediaTek MT8168

2 GB

32 GB

8-inch (203.2 mm) IPS LCD 1280 x 800 pixels

4850 mAh

Fusion5 10.1' Android 8.1 Oreo Tablet PC - (Google Certified, 32GB...

24.3 ounces (690 grams)

11.7 in x 9.5 in x 1.90 in (297.2 mm x 241.3 mm x 48.3 mm)

MediaTek MT8167

1 GB

32 GB

10.1-inch (256.4 mm) IPS LCD 1200 x 800 pixels

5000 mAh

16.79 ounces (476.2 grams)

9.6 x 6.4 x 0.39 inches (243.8 mm x 162.5 mm x 9.90 mm)

Unknown

 (1.3 Ghz Quad Core)

2 GB

32 GB

10.1-inch (256.4 mm) IPS LCD 1200 x 800 pixels

6000 mAh

17.2 ounces (489.8 grams)

9.84 x 6.73 x 0.35 inches

 (249.9 mm x 170.9 mm x 8.89 mm)

Unknown (1.5 Ghz Quad Core)

2 GB

32 GB

10.1-inch (256.4 mm) IPS LCD 1200 x 800 pixels

4500 mAh

When it comes to the devices, size matters. They are primarily used to consume media, so you’d want the largest possible screen. The M8 has a front that stretches 8 inches (203.2 mm) across. It’s not big, but you’re not spending a lot of money.


Its dimensions are as follows – 7.84 in x 4.80 in x 0.32 in (199.1 mm x 121.8 mm x 8.2 mm). It’s clear that it’s not thick. Added incentive is that it’s made from aluminum. It looks and feels luxurious.


The panel on its front is IPS LCD. Even more expensive tabs come with it. It produces colour that is decently vibrant. Its resolution is 800 x 1280 pixels. Considering its size, it’s quite sharp.


When it comes to the handsets, not only is size important, but so is screen-to-body ratio. The M8 has an almost 77% ratio.


Let’s talk about its insides. The Mediatek Helio A22 chipset is housed. It can handle everyday tasks with ease. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, using the device would be easier. The standard M8 comes with 2 GB RAM. However, there’s a more expensive option with 3 GB. The more memory present, the lower the chances of apps force-closing. They’d load faster too.

If you buy it with the 3 GB of memory, it would come with 32 GB ROM. Otherwise, you’d be getting 16 gigs. With less space, you wouldn’t be able to download as much movies, files and apps. If we didn’t mention it, there’s also a microSD slot.


As tabs are large, they need massive batteries. It houses a 5000 mAh unit. It fully drains in around a day. To charge it, a 10 W regular charger would have to be used. You’ll be plugging it into a micro USB port.


It takes a while to charge. How do you feel about 5 hours?


The truth is: 


No one buys a tablet for its camera. The handset doesn’t come with ones you’ll like. But more expensive alternatives don’t either. There’s a single shooter on its front and back. Its main camera consists of a 5 MP lens. On its front, a 2 MP one is available. Shots are grainy, and they’re especially bad in low-light.


Speaking of its front camera, you can use it for facial recognition. It’s not the speediest. However, it gets the job done.


Pros

  • Facial recognition 
  • Sharp display

Cons

  • Small screen
  • Not enough ROM

Compared to the entry above, the Fire HD 10 is massive. Its screen stretches 10.1 inches (256.4 mm) across. It houses an IPS LCD panel too. However, it’s much sharper. Its resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels.


It’s made from plastic. You’re not getting a thin device either. The following are its dimensions, 10.31 in x 6.26 in x 0.39 in (262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm). You’ll be able to pick it up in the standard black. But we’re fans of its Plum variant – it’s not common to see tech that shade.


There’s some bezel action going on. Its screen-to-body ratio is 69.64%.


What’s its processor? The Mediatek MT8183. Just like the M8, it’s not beastly. It can handle everyday tasks easily, though.


2 GB of RAM are by your side. That’s why its system won’t get stuck. In terms of ROM, 32 or 64 GB are present. Whichever option you purchase, a microSD slot would be available.

We’re told how much you can expand its storage to – 512 GB.


The OS its chipset powers is Amazon’s Fire OS 7.3. It’s based off Android 9. It focuses on Amazon applications instead of Google’s.


Battery-wise, a 6300 mAh unit is by your side. This 10-inch tablet under 100 lasts half a day. You can get it to last longer with its power saving modes. It comes with USB-C capabilities. You’ll be plugging a 9 W regular charger to it. It would take around 4 hours to fully charge.


As it comes with a USB port, you’ll be able to attach peripherals. This includes keyboards.


What about its cameras? A 2 MP sensor is on its front and back. The two set-ups take shots that are far from colour accurate and vibrant. No, you’re not getting face recognition.


Pros

  • Can add peripherals
  • Very sharp display

Cons

  • Fire OS
Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black
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The K10 is 10.1 inches (256.4 mm). We’re happy with its size and dimensions which are as follows: 9.45 in x 6.69 in x 0.31 in (240 mm x 169.9 mm x 7.8 mm). It’s made from aluminum, so it looks and feels expensive as well.


The panel on its front is IPS LCD. There’s some serious bezel action going on. Unfortunately, we’re not told what its screen-to-body ratio is. We are told its resolution, though. It’s 1280 x 800 pixels. For a 10-inch device, such a sharpness doesn’t cut it.


There’s a 5000 mAh battery. Due to the size of its screen, it doesn’t last long. It fully drains in 8 hours. But you can try and prolong it with its power saving modes.


To charge it, you’ll be using a 10 W regular charger. It would have to be added to its micro USB port. As a USB-C entry isn’t available, you won’t be able to add peripherals.

Its processor is the Mediatek MTK 8121.  It’s not the snappiest, so if less RAM were available, using it would be hard. There’s thankfully 2 GB of it. ROM-wise, 16 GB are present. You’ll be able to expand its storage to 128 GB.


The K10 runs Android 8.1. These days, Android 10 is around. It’s unfortunate that you can’t update its systems to it.


There’re single shooters on its front and back. The camera on its rear is a 2 MP lens. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take the most Instagram ready shots. Sadly, we’re not told the resolution of its selfie camera. It’s probably not anything good, though.


Pros

  • Very thin

Cons

  • Not told its selfie camera’s resolution
  • Bad resolution
  • Not enough ROM

The Fire HD 8 can be picked up in vibrant shades and they’re perfect for kids. It’s made from plastic, as you can imagine. The plastic on its rear is unusually thick. That’s because it helps handle shocks when dropped. There’s also texturing on its rear, so grip shouldn’t be an issue.


Although durable, your little one might find a way to wreck it. No need to worry, there’s a 2 year- guarantee. Amazon would replace it, no questions asked.


Its front stretches 8 inches (203.2 mm) across. It’s large enough to let movies be immersive for kids. There’s even a kick-stand to help them relax and enjoy.


Speaking of movies, you get access to Amazon Kids+. It’s a subscription-based service full of films and books. The company’s proud of their over 20,000 collection of books.


Of course, there are parental controls. You’ll love being able to set curfews.


Onto its specs, you’re met with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. For a child, it’s alright. But you’ll be able to tell that it’s not very sharp. The panel on its front is IPS LCD. All of the entries we talked about come with it. We’re not mad about this. 

Your little one would be immersed into whatever they’re watching due to its speakers. Amazon placed super loud dual ones.


There’s 32 GB of space. As you know, kids love downloading whatever apps they find. That’s why you’ll appreciate that you can expand its storage to 1 TB – the sky’s the limit.


With more RAM, using a handset is easier. There’s 2 GB of memory. Its systems won’t get stuck. Its chipset is the MediaTek MT8168.


Its battery is pretty small; you’ll see it in a phone. It is 4850 mAh. It’ll last around half a day. To charge it, you’ll be connecting a 10 W regular charger to a USB-C port. It’d take around 5 hours to fully charge.


Camera-wise, single shooters are on its front and back. They are 2 MP.


Pros

  • Can expand its ROM to 1 TB

Cons

  • Small battery
  • Bad resolution
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, 8" HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof...
2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.

The F104 has a 10.1-inch (256.5 mm) display. The panel on its front is IPS LCD. You’re also getting decent angles. This helps you use it outdoors.


Considering its size, we’re not fans of its resolution. It is 1200 x 800 pixels. You’ll notice pixelation even if you don’t look closely.


The glass protecting it isn’t good. It’s regular strengthened glass. Banging it up would be easy.


Having it in your palms would be a breeze. Fusion5 curved its sides well. It doesn’t feel cheap either.


Its RAM doesn’t make operating it the smoothest. There’s only 1 GB of memory. Not only would apps force-close, but its systems would get stuck, and applications will take long to load too.


Unfortunately, you can’t expand RAM. Expanding ROM is possible, though. It comes with a microSD slot; it accepts the 128 GB card type. Out of the box, you’re getting 32 GB.


The chipset housed is the Mediatek MT8167. It’s not the most powerful. However, you’re not spending a lot. The processor powers Android 8.1. It is the GO version, which means it’s super simple. No, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10.

What about its battery? It is 5000 mAh. The Fusion5 lasts around half a day. You can prolong it longer with its power saving modes. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a micro USB port.


Here’s the deal:


It takes a very long time to charge. Get a good book ready, it’ll take over 7 hours.


If it’s any consolation, you’ll be able to plug it to your TV. It accepts HDMI to Micro HDMI cables. That being said, there is no slot to attach a keyboard. You’ll have to go the extra mile and buy a case with one.


As you can imagine, its cameras aren’t the best. There are single shooters on its front and back. Its primary camera consists of a 2 MP lens. On its front, a 2 MP shooter is there. On either of them, Instagram-ready pictures won’t be possible.


Pros

  • Ability to attach Micro HDMI cables

Cons

  • Charging time takes over 7 hours
  • Not enough RAM

Like the entry above, the MatrixPad comes with a 10.1-inch (256.5 mm) display. It’s not the most ergonomic, sadly. Just take a look at its sides, they weren’t curved well.


The panel on its front isn’t bad. Like the majority of tabs we talked about, it is IPS LCD. It has a familiar resolution as well. Its screen is 1200 x 800 pixels. A read mode is available. When reading text in the night, its “health function” will turn on – your eyes won’t feel strained.


There’s not much bezel action going on; we’re not told its screen-to-body ratio. It’s probably something decent.


On its front, regular strengthened glass is protecting it. Be careful.


It has 32 GB of space. You can expand it to 128 GB, being able to download apps and files. In terms of RAM, there’re 2 gigs. Moving through its systems won’t be a headache.

The OS it runs is Android 9. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to upgrade it to Android 10. We sadly don’t know the name of its processor. That being said, we’re given information on its CPU. It is a Quad-Core 1.3GHz unit.


The sounds produced are loud. There are dual front box speakers – you’ll be able to immerse in whatever you’re watching.


It has one of the largest batteries on our list. The one inside of it is 6000 mAh. It’ll last as long as the rest, though. To charge it, a USB C port would have to be used. The device doesn’t make use of fast charging. That’s why it takes well over 3 hours to charge.


As you’re aware, the presence of the USB port makes it possible to add peripherals. You’re looking at a tablet that can be transformed into a laptop.


What about its cameras? There’s a selfie and rear set-up. The one on its back consists of an 8 MP lens. On its front, you’re getting a 2 MP shooter to play with.


Pros

  • USB port
  • Large display

Cons

  • Bad resolution

The tablet is made from plastic, but it doesn’t feel cheap. This is nice considering you’re looking at a product that’s less than $100. We have to say, it’s ergonomic. VANKYO curved its sides well.


Out of the box, it runs Android 9. No, you won’t be able upgrade it to Android 10. There is no news of an upgrade either.


Its screen is big. It comes in at 10.1 inches (256.5 mm). The panel on its display is IPS LCD. And the resolution is 1200 x 800 pixels.


Once again, we’re not told what its processor is. That being said, information on its CPU is given. It is a 64 bit 1.5 Ghz Quad CPU. It’s not beastly but will handle everyday tasks easily. Moving around its systems is easy due to the 2 GB of RAM.


It comes with 32 GB of storage. If that’s not enough, there is a microSD slot on it. You can expand its ROM up to 128 GB. Of course, you’ll have to buy the microSD card separately.

Like its sibling, reading is made easier with a specialized mode for your eyes. Similar dual speakers that are on it are housed too.


It has a micro USB port. How does 4+ hours of charging sound?


Considering its size, we’re not fans of its battery. It’s a meager 4500 mAh unit. Even phones come with bigger batteries. Just take a look at the Galaxy M31, its one is 6000 mAh. As it’s so small, it doesn’t last long. It fully drains in less than 10 hours.


No surprise, its cameras don’t take Instagram ready shots. You wouldn’t expect such an affordable tab to do so anyway. The sensor on its front is a 2 MP lens. Meanwhile, there’s an 8 MP one on its back.


Pros

  • Great CPU

Cons

  • Small battery
  • Bad resolution

Buying Guide

Before wrapping things up, let’s answer something important – what exactly do you look for in a tablet that’s so cheap?

RAM

You’re probably going to game with it often. Without proper RAM, games would take long to load. Whether you’re using a phone, phablet or tab, if there’s less memory, their systems will get stuck. If there’s very little, applications will also force-close.

On a $100 device, getting 2 GB of memory is possible. If you check our best tabs under $500 review, you might find something of around that amount.

ROM

The handsets are all about consuming media. You won’t be able to download many files and apps if yours doesn’t have decent storage. 32 GB is the minimum. Hopefully, the unit you’re interested in comes with a microSD slot too.

Battery

Compared to phones, tablets don’t last as long – they have giant screens after all. A battery over 5000 mAh is what you want.

Speaking of batteries, you can’t expect it to finish charging in an hour or two. They usually take over 2 hours, even the more flagship ones.

Processor

The more powerful the processor, the snappier it would be. For our budget, a chipset that’s equivalent to something in the Snapdragon 400 series would be present.

Design

This is probably the least important factor, but we’re fans of well-designed tablets. Considering you’re not spending a lot of money, you’d want something that still looks great. Consider getting a tab with an aluminum back. People associate the material with flagship units.

Peripherals

One of the perks of owning a tab is that it you can attach keyboards, using them as mini computers. But you won’t be able to do this with all of them. They have to have USB ports. You’ll be able to add storage devices as well.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our best budget tablet under 100 review? The handsets are the best mediums to consume media on. They rock large screens, so you can easily immersive yourself in movies and games. From our list, you can pick some pretty great ones for under $100. This is contrary to popular belief, as many think only expensive tabs are good.

In terms of those we discussed, they all came neck-in-neck with each other, so we had a hard time ranking them.

If you’d like a look at similar tabs, you can check our Pinterest out. We regularly update it with lists and reviews.


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