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Top 3 Budget Tablets (as of 2016)

You’ve already paid tonnes of cash for your new iPhone or Samsung S7, but you want something just as portable, but more suited for your media consumption needs. So why not keep it simple and grab a tablet under $400?

Asus Zenpad C 7.0

From S$158 (Lazada)

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat the Asus Zenpad C 7.0. This 7.0 inch tablet makes it a highly portable tablet just around 2 inches larger than your smartphone. At just 108mm wide and 265g heavy, the Asus Zenpad C 7.0 is very easy to carry single-handedly. Although it does not pack on a ton of firepower with only 1GB worth of RAM, it makes up for it in terms of its ability to integrate not one, but 2 SIM cards into itself, making it one of the few budget tablets with dual-SIM properties.

  • Storage: 8/16GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Screen Size: 7.0”
  • Weight: 265g

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

From S$328 (Lazada)

If you are a media junkie, then the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 might be something you’ll love. The innovative design of the Yoga Tab 3 is one of a kind. Built with a metallic stem, it can be unwound to form an aluminium stand when you flip it open and it even has a hole for you to hang your tablet anywhere you go. However, at 467g, the tablet is slightly heavy for an 8.0-inch device. The 180-degree camera is a nice addition to the Tab 3 as well, although I didn’t find it too useful. Holding a Snapdragon 212 processor and 1GB of RAM is pretty standard for entry-level tablets, so using it for basic web-browsing and some movie-watching should be handled decently by the Tab 3.

  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Screen Size: 8.0”
  • Weight: 467g

Amazon Fire HD 8

From S$127 – USD$89 (Amazon)

The upgraded version of the Amazon Fire tablet comes minimalistically-designed, but at the same time, looks surprisingly hip and chic. The 8.0 inch tablet that’s 7.7mm thin weighs in at only 311g, which is incredibly light for a device of this screen-size. In fact, its build is comparable to the iPad Air 2, that is significantly more expensive. The device has a standard 1GB RAM which places it at around the same speed as the devices above, but it isn’t an Android device, so you don’t get the Google applications, which can turn some people off. However, the Fire HD 8 is a pretty good media tablet considering it being armed with a set of stereo speakers which are pretty decent for in-built boomboxes, by general consensus.

  • Storage: 8/16GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Screen Size: 8.0”
  • Weight: 311g

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