Jul 23, 2018 (updated : Jan 12, 2021)

Best Android Tablets in the Philippines 2020 - 2021

Today's Android tablets are similar to what you would expect from a laptop. Various improvements in capabilities and features have allowed Android tablets to become a great alternative for personal computers.

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Android tablets are no longer mere gadgets. These days, they are considered an essential item especially among students who use the devices for distance learning. Aside from its multimedia features, an Android tablet is a great companion to have in homes as current models can handle most tasks that desktops and laptops are capable of.

Although options of Android tablets are not as varied as those of a smartphone, Android tablets currently available in the market are very straight-forward in terms of specs and features. This means that unlike smartphones, there's not much of a hassle involved when choosing your tablet.

Based simply on pricing, users can roughly guess the performance level expected from a given Android tablet; no "flagship-killers" as seen in the Android smartphone segment exist among Android tablets. Current Android tablets sold locally can be classified into three categories: entry-levels priced under PHP 10K, mid-range ones available under PHP 20K, and flagship-levels with a cost of over PHP 20K.

Today, we have compiled the best Android tablets available in the Philippines. On our list are models that can handle both your daily needs and distance learning alike.

Best Android Tablets in the Philippines 2021

10. HUAWEI MatePad T10

The HUAWEI MatePad T10 is an affordable entry-level option that can efficiently handle simple tasks and light gaming. It's not the most capable of tablets, but it does have features that you can enjoy if you're looking for a good deal.

The HUAWEI MatePad T10 comes with a 9.7-inch IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixels and 156 PPI. Its HD resolution allows users to watch videos, but note that the screen is barely visible when outdoors or under minimal sunlight. Under the hood. the MatePad T10 is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710A SoC with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The HUAWEI MatePad T10 features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera which shoots decent images and produces good enough quality for video calls. The battery life is taken care of by a 5,100mAh battery chargeable via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • HiSilicon Kirin 710A SoC
  • USB Type-C port
  • Large display
  • Great speakers

Cons

  • HD resolution only
  • No 4K video recording support
  • No Google Play services

HUAWEI MatePad T10 Key Specifications

Display Size9.7 inches
Resolution1280 x 800 pixels, 156 ppi
OS verEMUI 10.1, Android 10
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710A Octa-core Cortex-A73 & Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4 × Cortex-A73 2.0 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM2GB
Main Camera5MP
Front Camera2MP
Battery5,100mAh
Dimensions240.2 x 159 x 7.85 mm
WeightApprox. 450 g
ColorDeep Sea Blue

9. HUAWEI MatePad T10s

The HUAWEI MatePad T10s is perfect for anyone looking for an Android tablet that features a large display and is powerful enough to replace your laptop for work. The MatePad T10s offers decent performance despite its affordable price.

The MatePad T10s features a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixel FHD display. Although sized similar to the HUAWEI MatePad T10, the MatePad T10s sports a narrower bezel giving the display a larger field. Thanks to the HUAWEI ClariVu display enhancement technology, the MatePad T10s can produce more dynamic color and brightness. The HUAWEI MatePad T10s runs on a Kirin 710A chipset with 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 521GB via a microSD slot.

Camera-wise, the MatePad T10s features a 2MP front and 5MP rear camera, offering sufficient photo and video quality for basic use. The battery life is the same as the HUAWEI MatePad T10, at 5,100mAh.

Pros

  • HiSilicon Kirin 710A SoC
  • FHD display
  • 3G RAM
  • USB Type-C
  • Great speakers

Cons

  • IPS LCD display
  • No Google Play services
  • No 4K video recording support

HUAWEI MatePad T10s Key Specifications

Display Size10.1 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 1920 x 1200 pixel, 224 ppi
OS verAndroid 10, EMUI 10.1
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710A Octa-core Cortex-A73 & Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4 x Cortex-A73 2.0GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7GHz
Storage16GB, 32GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM2GB, 3GB
Main Camera5MP
Front Camera2MP
Battery5,100mAh 5V/2A charger
Dimensions240.2 x 159 x 7.85 mm
WeightApprox. 450 g
ColorDeepsea Blue

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019) tablet has been around for a while, but it is still a very popular choice because of its offerings.

Featuring an 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 WUXGA resolution display that provides sharp colors and good contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019) is powered by an Exynos 7904 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD slot. Camera quality is good with an 8MP main shooter with autofocus and a 5MP front camera for video calls.

Providing juice is a rather small 4,200mAh battery chargeable via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • WUXGA resolution
  • Exynos 7904
  • Great speakers
  • 3GB RAM
  • Bundled S Pen

Cons

  • Non-AMOLED display
  • Underwhelming battery capacity
  • No 4K video recording support

Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019) Key Specifications

Display Size8 inches
ResolutionWUXGA 1920 x 1200 pixels
OS verSamsung Exynos 7904 Octa-core
CPUExynos 7904 octa-core
CPU Speed2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera8MP
Front Camera5MP
BatteryNon-removable 4,200 mAh
Dimensions201.5 x 122.4 x 8.9 mm
Weight325 g
ColorBlack, Gray

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is handy, yet capable of performing a multitude of tasks. It has premium design and aluminum shell finish.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED 2,560 x 1,600 WQXGA resolution display, which enables the tablet's display to perform well even under direct sunlight. The tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e sports a 13MP camera at the back and an 8MP front camera for video calls. The available battery life is a whopping 7,040mAh with 18W fast charge support via USB Type-C port.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display with WQXGA resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • Impressive cameras
  • Large battery capacity with 18W fast charge support

Cons

  • Snapdragon 700 series chipset is preferable
  • No high refresh rate

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Key Specifications

Display Size10.5 inches
ResolutionWQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels, Super AMOLED
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie), One UI
CPUQualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable 7,040mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions245 x 160 x 5.5 mm
Weight400 g
ColorBlack, Silver, Gold

6. HUAWEI MatePad

The HUAWEI MatePad comes with premium design and features that make the product a desirable tablet to own.

The MatePad features a 10.4-inch IPS display with a 2,000 x 1,200-pixel resolution. The HUAWEI MatePad is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 810 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.

Camera-wise, the MatePad sports an 8MP camera on both the front and back of the tablet. Providing juice is a large 7,250mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • 2,000 x 1,200-pixel resolution
  • HiSilicon Kirin 810
  • 4GB RAM
  • Large battery capacity
  • Histen 6.0 sound effect

Cons

  • Non-OLED display
  • No Google Play services
  • No 4K video recording support

HUAWEI MatePad Key Specifications

Display Size10.4 inches
Resolution2000 x 1200 pixels
OS verEMUI10.1 (based on Android 10)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x1.88 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera8MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 7,250mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions245.2 x 154.96 x 7.35 mm
Weight450 g
ColorMidnight Grey, White

5. HUAWEI MatePad Pro

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is currently HUAWEI's most powerful tablet offering amongst its lineup. The MatePad Pro sports a 10.8-inch IPS LCD display with 2,560 x 1,600-pixel resolution. Under the hood, the MatePad Pro packs a flagship-level Kirin 990 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable via a dedicated NM slot.

The cameras on the HUAWEI MatePad Pro is comprised of a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera at the front for video calling. The tablet also comes with a quad-channel stereo speaker that is tuned by Harman Kardon. Providing juice is a large 7,250mAh battery with 40W wired, 15W wireless, and 7.5W reverse wireless fast charging support via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • QHD resolution
  • Flagship-level performance
  • Capable cameras
  • Harman Kardon speakers
  • Large battery capacity with fast charge support (wireless, reverse wireless and wired)

Cons

  • No Google Play services
  • Non-OLED display

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Key Specifications

Display Size10.8 inches
ResolutionWQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels
OS verEMUI 10.0.1 (based on Android 10.0)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 990 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x2.09 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.86 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
External StorageNM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon removable 7,250mAh Fast charging 40W Fast wireless charging 15W Reverse wireless charging 7.5W
Dimensions246 x 159 x 7.2 mm
Weight460 g
ColorMidnight Grey, Pearl White, Orange, Forest Green

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Don't let the "Lite" moniker fool you. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is very capable, packed with features exceeding your entry-level Android tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite features a 10.4-inch TFT display with a 2,000 x 1,200 WUXGA+ resolution. Powering the tablet is a powerful Exynos 9611 processor accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also comes with dual speakers and a 7,040mAh battery with 15W fast charge support via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • WUXGA+ resolution
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Exynos 9611
  • Large battery capacity with fast charging

Cons

  • Non-OLED display
  • No 4K video recording support

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Key Specifications

Display Size10.4 inches
ResolutionWUXGA+ 1200 x 2000 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~224 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 10.0; One UI 2
CPUSamsung Exynos 9611 (10nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 1TB
RAM4GB
Main Camera8MP
Front Camera5MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 7,040mAh Fast charging 15W
Dimensions244.5 x 154.3 x 7.0 mm (9.63 x 6.07 x 0.28 in)
Weight467 g (1.03 lb)
ColorOxford Gray, Chiffon Rose, Angora Blue

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a great tablet for productivity and multimedia use that rivals Apple's iPad lineup. It has all the features you would want, such as a powerful processor, a terrific screen complimented by loudspeakers, and an impressive camera setup.

The Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2,560 x 1,600 WQXGA resolution. The Galaxy Tab S6 is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor accompanied by 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. Camera-wise, the Galaxy Tab S6 sports a dual setup at the back comprised of 13MP (wide) and 5MP (ultrawide) sensors. Upfront, it packs an 8MP (wide) sensor that is excellent for selfies and video calls. Other notable features of the Galaxy Tab S6 are a bundled S Pen, quad speakers, an under-display (optical) fingerprint scanner, Samsung DeX, and a 7,040mAh with 15W fast charge support via USB Type-C port.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display with WQXGA resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Quad speakers
  • Large battery capacity with fast charging

Cons

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No high refresh rate

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Key Specifications

Display Size10.5 inches
ResolutionWQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels, Super AMOLED
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie),One UI 2
CPUQualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 8150 Octa-core Kryo 485
CPU Speed1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485
Storage128GB, 256GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 1TB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable 7,040mAh Fast charging 15W
Dimensions244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm
Weight420 g
ColorMountain Grey, Rose Blush, Cloud Blue

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 series is Samsung's flagship Android tablet offering for 2020. Both the standard Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ deliver great productivity capabilities and features.

The incorporation of an aluminum frame confirms Samsung's move away from the usual plastic build. This gives the tablet a more premium feel which is a first in the series. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 comes with a large 11-inch TFT LCD display with a 2,560 x 1,600 WQXGA resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S7 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. Camera-wise, the Galaxy Tab S7 offers a 13MP (wide) + 5MP (ultrawide) combo at the back and an 8MP (wide) sensor at the front.

Other notable features of the Galaxy Tab S7 include a bundled S Pen, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, quad speakers, Samsung DeX, and an 8,000mAh battery with 45W fast charge support via USB Type-C.

Pros

  • WQXGA resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 865+ chipset
  • Bundled S Pen
  • Large battery capacity with fast charging
  • Quad speakers

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Non-OLED display
  • No NFC
  • S Pen technology inferior compared to the Tab S7+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Key Specifications

Display Size11 inches
Resolution1600 x 2560 pixels HDR10+ 120Hz refresh rate
OS verAndroid 10
CPUQualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core Kryo 585
CPU Speed1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 1TB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 8,000mAh
Dimensions253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm (9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 in)
Weight498g (Wi-Fi), 500g (LTE), 502g (5G)
ColorMystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Currently the king of all Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is Samsung's answer to Apple's iPad Pro. The Galaxy Tab S7+ is pretty similar to the standard Galaxy Tab S7. Both feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ chipset, the same camera setup, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

The features that set the Galaxy Tab S7+ apart from the standard model are a larger 12.4-inch Super AMOLED WQXGA+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 8GB RAM + 256GB of expandable storage, an advanced S Pen that has low latency, and a larger 10,090mAh battery with 45W fast charge support via USB Type-C.

Other features include an under-display (optical) fingerprint scanner, quad speakers, and Samsung DeX.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED WQXGA+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 865+ chipset
  • Bundled S Pen (lower latency)
  • Large battery capacity with fast charging
  • Quad speakers

Cons

  • Pricey
  • No NFC
  • No wireless or reverse wireless charging support

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Key Specifications

Display Size12.4 inches
Resolution1752 x 2800 pixels, Super AMOLED HDR10+ 120Hz refresh rate
OS verAndroid 10
CPUQualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core Kryo 585
CPU Speed1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 1TB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 10,090mAh Fast charging 45W
Dimensions285 x 185 x 5.7 mm (11.22 x 7.28 x 0.22 in)
Weight575 g (1.27 lb)
ColorMystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze

Conclusion

The rivalry between Android tablets and Apple's iPad series doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. Both sides have a fair share of advantages and disadvantages against each other. Probably the only thing that sets them apart is the user's preference in which ecosystem they'd rather use.

With the sudden rise in demand for personal computers during the pandemic, many consumers switched to buying tablets over a laptop due to the difference in the price range. Currently, a decent laptop aimed for web browsing, documentation, and web conferences would cost you around PHP 20K-30K, whereas you can get a decent Android tablet at under PHP 20K that can handle the same tasks.

Android tablets have been getting more powerful with every release. But compared to laptops, you'll need to purchase a separate keyboard and mouse to maximize productivity. In addition, laptops still have more advantages in terms of performance, allowing them to be superior in gaming or graphics-related (such as Photoshop or video-editing) tasks.

Regardless, though a wide margin remaining between the features and capabilities of laptops and tablets, the gap is getting smaller. Newer tablets are getting more powerful too: the more advanced the processor is, the more it enables the user to handle multiple tasks while offering complex functions. The bigger batteries are also making tablets last longer than most laptops. The day where laptops will be replaced by tablets may be sooner than we think.

Spec Comparison

Model HUAWEI MatePad T10 HUAWEI MatePad T10 HUAWEI MatePad T10s HUAWEI MatePad T10s Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019) Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019) Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e HUAWEI MatePad HUAWEI MatePad HUAWEI MatePad Pro HUAWEI MatePad Pro Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
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Lowest Price P6,750 P12,995 P9,483 P19,844.99 P18,638 P23,500 P18,479.99 P29,149.99 P34,112 P31,290
CPU Speed 4 × Cortex-A73 2.0 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz 4 x Cortex-A73 2.0GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7GHz 2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver 2x2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x1.88 GHz Cortex-A55 2x2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x2.09 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.86 GHz Cortex-A55 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485 1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585 1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585
RAM 2GB 2GB, 3GB 3GB 6GB, 4GB 6GB, 4GB 6GB, 8GB 4GB 6GB, 8GB 6GB, 8GB 6GB, 8GB
Display Size 9.7 inches 10.1 inches 8 inches 10.5 inches 10.4 inches 10.8 inches 10.4 inches 10.5 inches 11 inches 12.4 inches
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels, 156 ppi FHD+ 1920 x 1200 pixel, 224 ppi WUXGA 1920 x 1200 pixels WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels, Super AMOLED 2000 x 1200 pixels WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels WUXGA+ 1200 x 2000 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~224 ppi density) WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels, Super AMOLED 1600 x 2560 pixels
HDR10+
120Hz refresh rate
1752 x 2800 pixels, Super AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz refresh rate
Weight Approx. 450 g Approx. 450 g 325 g 400 g 450 g 460 g 467 g (1.03 lb) 420 g 498g (Wi-Fi), 500g (LTE), 502g (5G) 575 g (1.27 lb)
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