Good Android tablets are a hard find, it took us a lot of work to find some really deserving tablets in the Rs.10,000 and Rs.15,000 price category. But moving up the ladder the market gets even scarcer with only a handful of devices. Looking through what other websites had to suggest we found at the most 4-5 products- Two Lenovo tablets, an older generation Apple iPad and the Mi Max 2. Searching on Amazon and Flipkart too yielded pretty much the same options but like always there were some overpriced but under-specced tablets too.
Best tablet under Rs.20000
Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus (4GB/64GB)
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus was also our best pick in the Rs.15,000 range and given its specifications we feel it deserves a spot here as well. But the eagle-eyed reader will notice that the Tab 4 we have selected is the 4GB/64GB version which solves the low internal storage space issue of the 3GB/16GB version.
Everything else remains the same including the superb 8 inch Full HD display, the powerful and battery friendly Snapdragon 625, loud dual speakers and the large battery. All these make it a great device for media consumption, gaming, and even productivity if you source a Bluetooth keyboard. We feel the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is simply the best tablet in the Rs.20,000 range.
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Why Trust Us?
Some years back you could get a brilliant Nexus 7 or a cool Samsung Galaxy Tab 2/3 at around Rs.20,000. These tablets had either software, hardware or a quirky feature that set them apart. But today with smartphones getting bigger than the tablets, the tablet market is fading away.
To have a look at what the market offers we started by searching on different tech websites. Most of the suggestions were pretty limited to brands like Lenovo, Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi. Some of them very really good while some were out of the Rs.20,000 price range. But the search yielded at least some good picks.
Searching on Amazon and Flipkart for bestsellers gave us the same tablets and most of them had very good reviews from verified customers.
How we selected?
We have said before and we shall say again that you cannot compare the specifications of a tablet and a smartphone selling at the same price. The tablet due to its large display, body, and battery is going to have some specifications being skimped upon. Also, remember tablets sold today are not Wi-Fi only (except iPads), they have full 4G compatibility just like a smartphone.
With this understanding, we set out in search of tablets that had a very good display, sufficiently powerful processor, more RAM, and storage than our previous picks and 4G connectivity.
As usual, we started by searching on tech websites where we got some very good picks like the Lenovo Tablets and Apple iPads. The iPads were out of the Rs.20,000 budget even for the older generation so we decided to stick to Android Tablets. Some websites also suggested the Mi Max 2 but despite its large 6.4inch screen qualifies more as a smartphone than a tablet.
We then turned our attention to the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart which yielded us the same tablets as we had previously shortlisted. The final pick that we choose was very good in almost all the parameters important to a tablet user like large and bright display, good performance, long battery life, and loud audio.
Best tablet under Rs.20000 in detail
Bright and sharp 8 inch Full HD display
Gorilla Glass protection for the screen
Powerful yet efficient Snapdragon 625 processor
Supports 4G, Wi-fi-ac dual-band, USB OTG, BL 4.2
Ample 4GB of RAM
Spacious 64GB storage
Expandable storage up to 128GB
Superb front firing speakers
Has USB-C connector
7mm thin and 300gms weight
Stock Android experience
A fingerprint sensor is present
Good battery life
Update to Android Oreo 8.1 confirmed by Lenovo
- Front and Back glass will be difficult to maintain
- Uses almost 1-year-old Android 7.1.1
- Hybrid sim-slot (1x Sim + 1x Sim or 1x Sim + 1x SD Card)
Lenovo focus on the consumer market has focused mainly on the Laptop and tablet market. Their Laptops and Tablets have been amongst the best selling products in the market. But over time they have reduced their efforts in the tablet market and focused more on the Laptop market only. But that doesn't mean they have abandoned the tablet space, occasionally they do launch a tablet or two.
The Lenovo Tab 4 series was launched sometime in 2017 in two sizes- 8 inches and 10 inches. They were a lot of variants under each size along with the "Plus" models which had beefed up specifications for a better experience. Today we are looking at the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus which boasts of an 8-inch Full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Snapdragon 625 processor, and a large 4850 mAh battery.
The tablet looks like most other tablets with a thick bezel and the large screen dominating the front. But, Lenovo has tried to make it more premium than usual with the all-glass back (and obviously the front), the extremely slim 7mm thickness and it also weighs only 300gms making it a very easy to hold for long hours.
The tablet does come with some unique features like a USB-C connector which is superb given its utility and a fingerprint sensor which also doubles as a power button, this is particularly useful from a security point of view. Everything else is standard like the 3.5mm headphone jack, the dual sim slots, and the sd-card slot. Do note the sim slot is of the hybrid variety so you cannot use two sims and one sd card at the same time, you have to pick just two of them. We hate it as much as you but cost-cutting, right? Where Lenovo hasn’t cut costs is in the audio department. The tablet has two front-facing speakers which are placed ideally considering that most will choose this tablet for watching a movie.
The Lenovo Tab's screen is one of the best on an Android Tablet in its class. The screen at 8 inches is a very good compromise between portability and real-estate. With a large screen like this, you need a lot of pixels and you do get a lot due to the Full HD resolution. The pixel density is around 280ppi much more than even the exorbitant iPad Pro 10.5. This makes every little thing on the display crisp and sharp, be it websites or movies. Talking about the panel, it is an IPS one which gives you great viewing angles while the LCD technology means you get good brightness. Lenovo claims the tablet manages 400 nits of brightness which is by no way the best (iPad's manage around 600 nits), but it is similar to most smartphones in its category. For our more avid readers who would like a bit of numbers Expertreviews UK used a colorimeter to test the display and found the following:
Contrast ratio of 728:1, which is decent
peak brightness of 417.6 cd/m2 which is better than most tablets in its range
59.2% sRGB gamut coverage which isn't a lot and will result in less vibrant colors
To sum up Expertreviews found movies and pictures still looked punchy and the display was legible in most conditions except in the brightest conditions (read: under the sun). TechRadar too found the display to be bright and offer excellent viewing angles. This makes it great for watching movies and the 16:10 aspect ratio ensures that you won't have to lose any part of the movies frame due to the overlapping navigation bar. To ensure the screen remains scratch free it comes with a layer of Gorilla Glass on the top. But if you have seen the latest trend of shrinking bezels you will be disappointed with the large bezels of the Tab 4.
To keep everything running on the screen chug along nicely, you have the Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB of RAM. The processor is not very new but it is a proven workhorse being able to provide great performance with minimal heating and almost no throttling. It's also famed for its low power consumption that's why even today there are phones launching with this processor. The processor makes running most games, heavy apps and even multitasking very easy and rarely will you face hiccups in the system UI.
For people who like a few numbers, the Tab 4 8 Plus scores 851 in single-core and 4,202 in multi-core GeekBench Benchmark. These scores are close to those achieved by other smartphones having the same processor like the Redmi Note 5, Mi Max 2 etc.
The Tab 4 we talked about in our "Best tablet under Rs.15,000" article had just 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but the version we are looking at today has 4GB of RAM and a whopping 64GB of storage. It still carries the sd card slot with support for up to 128GB expandability. That is a big bump in storage space and will make it easier to store photos and movies on the tablet. The 1GB extra RAM will also help in multitasking and will generally give you a smooth user experience.Lenovo having learned its lesson with custom bloaty skins has started to use near stock Android on most of its devices and the Tab 4 8 Plus is no different. The OS used is Android Nougat 7.1.1, which is more than a year old. While (Nougat 7.1.1) it is still better than what other tablets (Marshmallow 6.0) had to offer. Lenovo meanwhile has communicated that the Android Oreo 8.1 update will arrive for the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus by November 2018. There are, however, some Lenovo and Microsoft apps on board, some of which are thankfully uninstallable. TechRadar loved the stock experience which was smooth and bug-free. During the time of testing, their review device also received two updates but they did point to the lack of any information about the Android Oreo update. A feature of the tablet is that you can program the fingerprint to different people, each having different accounts on the tablet. This is a very cool and convenient feature provided on the tablet that will come in very handy when you lend your tablet to your kids.
The dual front speakers are complemented by the support for Dolby Atmos which comes with a cool app that lets you choose from four presets. Expertreviews were pleasantly surprised with the presets and the positive effect each one of them had on the listening experience. They also felt the music sounded rich and there was great clarity and wideness to the sound when watching a movie or listening to a podcast.
For surfing the internet you have 4G support but no VoLTE, you can, however, use the Jio4GVoice app to make voice calls over the internet. You also get dual-band Wifi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and A-GPS.
Imaging duties are handled by the 8Mpx rear camera and a 5MPx front camera. The rear camera even gets a dual led flash to help in low light scenes. Expertreviews found the image quality to be good especially for quick snaps and video calling.
Running a tablet with a high-quality screen and powerful processor is no easy task so Lenovo made sure they put in the right amount of battery power. The Tab 4 has a large 4850mAh battery that Expertreviews found could last for nearly 10 hours in their battery test. Techradar found the tablet could last for a day (5 hours screen on time) under heavy use while using it lightly gave a battery life of around three days. Charging the tablet is easy with the USB-C port and verified reviews suggested the tablet takes around 2 hours to charge from 10%-90% which is very good. This time is far better than the 5-6 hours that Apple iPads take to charge.
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus comes with a very decent spec sheet, offering much more than any of its competitors. It makes for a great device to watch movies due to its large screen, a great gaming tool courtesy of the powerful processor and RAM, and a great audio device because of the loud dual speakers. Support for 4G is simply the cherry on top of the cake and with a reasonably good price of around Rs. 22,000 the Tab 4 8 Plus is one of the best tablet in the Rs.20,000 range.
After Sales Service
Lenovo offers a 1-year warranty on its tablets and 6 months on the accessories. For any issue, you have to take the product to the service center for repairs/replacement.
Who is our best pick for?
The large screen, loud audio, ample storage make the Tab 4 great for watching movies and listening to tunes on the go. The 4G connectivity and decent camera ensure you can browse the web, stream content and even have long video calls without any issues. Finally, the processor and long battery life mean you can even game on it without worrying about heating.
At Rs.20,000 there really aren't many tablets worthy of being called as the best. The Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is the only one that offers a lot and doesn't feel exorbitantly priced. It comes with a large display that boasts of a Full HD resolution, 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, a powerful S625 processor and large 4850 mAh battery. If your usage includes watching movies, streaming content, listening to songs, gaming and web browsing the Tab 4 8 Plus will suit you to the T.