Gadgets That Cost Less Than A Haircut – Tablets Under $50 [2020 Update]

Yes, you read that right - $50! With new models, new brands, and updated versions of these devices hitting the stores every week, it’s difficult to keep up. To cope with the increasing competition, some devices these days are priced low.

There is a great opportunity for customers here and you should be well informed to take advantage of it. If you just want an extra device for the house or want to get a device for your kid (that you should not spend a lot on), check out these tablets under $50.

Price Disclaimer: Since publishing this post the mentioned product prices may have changed and could be higher than the price limit stated above.

HAOQIN H7 Pro

Our Selection

Before we start, please have realistic expectations.

Unfortunately, the largest tablet you can expect to find under $50 has a screen size no bigger than 7.0 in (177.8 mm). When assessing these devices, it is important to remember the price and not compare them to ‘current tablet standards’. What you can expect to get are – a decent processor and display, average battery life, and probably something you can let your kids play with.

Here are our top picks:

Product

Display size

RAM

Operating System

Amazon Fire 7 HD

7.0” (177.8 mm)

1 GB

Fire OS 5 (Android 5.1)

RCA Voyager III 7.0

7.0” (177.8 mm)

1 GB

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

HAOQIN H7 Pro

7.0” (177.8 mm)

1 GB

Android 8.0 Oreo (expandable)

Azpen A743

7.0” (177.8 mm)

1 GB

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Tagital 7.0

7.0” (177.8 mm)

1 GB

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Best Overall

Amazon Fire tablets have been impressing customers since they entered the market. The Fire 7 HD is the best cheap tablet under $50 that you will come across. It has a simplistic design with a nice plastic back that comes in four different color options. It feels light and is comfortable to hold.


Under the hood, you get a quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM. The device runs on Fire OS 5, which is a customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. The overall performance is good and the user interface is quite satisfying to use. There are newer models of this tab available (that cost more) that will have upgraded versions of OS.

The display resolution is pleasant to look at. It does not get very bright though, which makes it suitable for reading. The camera resolution is low, so do not expect a lot from it. However, you can take fairly clear pictures with the rear camera.


There is no SIM slot, so you cannot use a cellular network on this device, but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are available. There is one micro USB port and a headphone jack if you’re still using wired headphones. The loudspeakers are not that loud, so using headphones would be a better idea.


Despite that, this device is great for multimedia use and has been appreciated by customers – it is one of Amazon’s most sold tablets.


Device Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4" (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm)
  • Weight: 0.63 lbs (286 g)
  • Display size: 7.0” (177.8 mm, diagonal)
  • Display Type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB (expandable up to 256 GB)
  • Camera: 2.0 MP (main), VGA (front)
  • Battery: 3000 mAh

Good features:

  • The tab has a light body and a simplistic design that looks good and is perfect for travel. Even though the material is plastic, it does not look cheap.
  • The system runs quite smoothly and the touch reception is really good. No lagging was found while browsing or swiping through apps or pictures.
  • The battery life is really good. You can run up to 7 to 8 hours with low to medium usage.
  • The internal storage is large in itself and can be expanded further.

Shortcomings:

  • The battery life is very good, but the charging time is unusually long.
  • There is no option for cellular networks.
Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black
7" IPS display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD); Faster 1.3 GHz quad-core processor

RCA tablets are doing surprisingly well in the budget device category. Some of their devices are very durable and the RCA Voyager III is one of them. It has a 7.0” (177.8 mm) IPS display and a plastic body. The design is not very impressive but feels comfortable in the hand.

Inside, you get a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. It is currently running Android 6.0.1 and there is no certainty whether any updates will be available or not. Overall performance is smooth, but you can tell this is not the fastest. You get 16 GB of internal storage and a dedicated micro SD slot for expansion.

The display is decent and the screen gets bright – not bright enough to be used outside though. With reduced brightness, this tab can be great for reading. You can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but there is no option for cellular network on this device. So you can use it for gaming but might face some lagging playing mid-tier games.


There are stereo speakers that do not get very loud, but also a headphone jack, so you have an alternate option to listen to music. This tablet is okay for reading and web browsing and very light gaming. Given the price, you probably won’t be expecting a lot more anyway.


Device Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 4.45 x 0.35" (184.15 x 113 x 8.9 mm)
  • Weight: 0.87 lbs (394.6 g)
  • Display size: 7.0” (177.8 mm, diagonal)
  • Display Type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB (expandable up to 128 GB)
  • Camera: 2.0 MP (main), 2.0 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2000 mAh

Good features:

  • The plastic body is sturdy and does not scratch easily. This means your children can play with it and a little bumping will do little to no harm.
  • The display looks good and the touch gestures are pretty smooth.
  • The internal storage can be expanded, and up to 128 GB, which means you won’t have to worry about clearing space for your media.

Shortcomings:

  • The device gets heated quickly in a short period of continuous screen time or gaming.
  • The battery life is below average and you can only maximize it using the lowest brightness or going on battery saver mode.
RCA (RCT6973W43MDN) 7" Voyager III Android Tablet - Dual Cameras and Google Play - (16GB, Black)
Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

The HAOQIN H7 Pro is a nice and portable Android tablet under $50. It has a 7.0” (177.8 mm) IPS display that looks pretty bright and sharp. You will find the resolution for these 7-inch tablets to be very similar in numeric value, but they look slightly different in real life. This is because of the display quality – an area in which Haoqin has done pretty well.


This thing has a quad-core processor and only 1 GB of RAM, which I think might make it difficult for the Android 8.0 Oreo to run smoothly. It is upgradeable up to 9.0 Pie, which might take up a lot of space on the device. Updates generally make your device run more smoothly and often faster, but it is doubtful how long the 1 GB RAM would be able to keep up with it.

There are both rear and front-facing cameras. You can run Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on it, but there is no SIM slot. In addition to that, you also have a headphone jack, a DC port, and a micro USB port to connect accessories to your tab. You get about 4 to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge – so you can easily watch videos or play games on your daily commute.


Device Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.44 x 4.28 x 0.38" (188 x 108.7 x 9.65 mm)
  • Weight: 0.55 lbs (249.5 g)
  • Display size: 7.0” (177.8 mm, diagonal)
  • Display type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB (expandable up to 64 GB)
  • Camera: 2.0 MP (main), 0.3 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2800 mAh

Good features:

  • This is a slim, light and portable device.
  • The current Android version is quite upgraded (8.0), and you can upgrade it to 9.0. The latest Android version in the market is 10.0, so what you get most of the new features with this device.
  • This has larger internal storage compared to the others, which is further expandable.

Shortcomings:

  • The camera quality is poor – you can only use it for clicking some basic pictures and video calling.
  • There is no SIM slot or LTE version.

Cheapest Option

This American company is mostly known fohomees devices and accessories for smartphones and tablets, rather than the tablet itself. However, the Azpen A743 is a 7” (177.8 mm) tablet that comes at an astonishingly low price.


This tablet has an IPS display and a pretty decent resolution for the screen size – based on the numerals. In reality, though, the screen does not look all that great. It does get pretty bright, and this is not made for heavy work anyway. It has a 1 GB RAM and a quad-core processor, so performance is average. The screen is quite responsive and the swiping actions are smooth.

The battery size is not large, but you get up to 5 hours of average battery life. It has a front-facing camera for video calling, but no rear camera. The camera resolution is not all that great. There is a DC port and one USB port.


You get both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection on this device, but no cellular network option. If you look at it overall, these features are enough for such an inexpensive tablet.


Device Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.09 x 5.12 x 0.37" (180.1 x 130 x 9.4 mm)
  • Weight: 0.69 lbs (313 g)
  • Display size: 7.0” (177.8 mm, diagonal)
  • Display Type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 1.3 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2800 mAh

Good features:

  • It has a light and sturdy plastic body. The back has a slight pattern, which gives you a good grip even without a cover.
  • Battery life is good, considering that the battery capacity is not very high.
  • Internal storage is expandable.

Shortcomings:

  • The side bezels are pretty thick, so it’s not the most comfortable to use in landscape mode.
  • There is no rear camera, which probably does not matter to everyone.
  • There is no SIM slot, or an LTE version.

Alternative Slightly Above $50

Tagital does not have a lot of products, but the ones they have are affordable. The Tagital 7.0” (177.8 mm) tablet has an IPS display, which looks pretty good, especially for the price range. The resolution is pretty good for the screen size, so it does not look that cheap.


Inside, you get 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop – that’s better than I would expect, honestly. Performance is decent, but the low-performing CPU works as an advantage. Since it does not use a lot of power, it makes the battery last longer.

There is a SIM slot and dedicated slot for the memory card. In addition to that, you also get GPS and Bluetooth connection. In case you’re not a fan of wireless connection, there is also a headphone jack and a micro USB port. There is both a rear and a front camera, but nothing to be excited about.


Device Specifications:    

  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.5 x 0.3" (188 x 114.3 x 7.62 mm)
  • Weight: 0.56 lbs (255.1 g)
  • Display size: 7.0” (177.8 mm, diagonal)
  • Display type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 2.0 MP (main), 0.3 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2800 mAh

Good features:

  • The device is slim and light. It is overall small and definitely portable.
  • The resolution is pretty good for this screen size. Although the color saturation is not that great, you still get a decent display.
  • Internal storage is expandable.
  • Call quality is pretty good – thanks to the dual microphones at the bottom of the tab.
  • It is great for light gaming, web browsing, or even reading.

Shortcomings:

  • The RAM is low, so you might face some lagging for certain apps or high definition games.
  • You can expect to get an Android update on some sets, but up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow at most. No further updates will be available.
  • Camera results are really poor (although it is a surprise there are cameras on this in the first place).

Do you think you get better products for cheaper? That’s doubtful. If you have any suggestions or queries, please leave a comment below!

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