With everyone staying at home, the market for tablets skyrocketed. Apart from bringing immersive entertainment and mobile gaming anywhere you go, tablets can be used as a daily workhorse for productivity. Mid-range tablets are an investment for students and professionals leaning towards content creation, multimedia, and advertising. To expand your options, we give you some of the best mid-range tablets priced below PHP 30,000 launched in 2020.
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Apple iPad 2020 (8th-generation)
Apple’s 8th generation of iPad brings in a few enhancements in the hardware department from its predecessor. Although it features the same 10.2-inch Retina display with 3.5 million pixels, the iPad 2020 is now powered with a newer A12 Bionic chip and is a bit heavier at 490 g (WiFi model) and 495g (Wifi + LTE model). It still gets an 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera, up to 128GB storage, first-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, 4G LTE connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
PHP 26,990 (32GB, WiFi + LTE)
PHP 24,990 (128GB, WiFi)
PHP 18,990 (32GB, WiFi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung also expands its lineup of tablets this year with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Donning an aluminum body with a matte finish, it is driven by an octa-core Exynos 9611 processor. It has a 10.4-inch WUXGA+ TFT display, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, LTE connectivity, AKG dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, and single 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras. Its memory is expandable up to 1TB via microSD slot and comes with a magnetic S-Pen for jotting down quick notes. The device also gets another layer of security under the Samsung Knox. As for the battery, it is rated at 7,040mAh with 15W fast charging capabilities.
Like a toned-down version of the Pro version, the Huawei MatePad features a 10.4-inch IPS display at a lower resolution of 2000 × 1200. It still has an octa-core processor but in a different model: a Kirin 810 chipset clocked up to 2.27GHz. It also comes in a lower configuration at 4GB RAM and 64GGB storage that’s expandable up to 512GB. Unlike the MatePad Pro, this one has a lower rear camera resolution at 8MP. However, it retains some of its features from the Pro variant, such as LTE connectivity, NFC, Harman Kardon quad speakers, Huawei M-Pencil support, and a 7,250mAh battery with an 18W fast charging. So if you want to enjoy some features of the Pro version but have a limited budget, this tablet is for you.
Lenovo Tab P10
Lenovo’s P series is a premium family table that can be placed in a dock. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, it has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage onboard. It has a fingerprint scanner, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, LTE connectivity, large 7,000mAh battery, and quad front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers. It runs on a previous Android 8 Oreo and is rechargeable via USB-C port.
Another tablet under the M series, the M10 Plus, comes with a better 10.3-inch FHD+ display. Compared to the base model, the M10 Plus has up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. With a maximum clock speed of up to 2.3GHz, it features an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor. Unlike its base model, this one only has a single nano-SIM slot, 5,000mAh battery, dual microphones, and runs under Android 9.
PHP 14,990 (4GB + 64GB, WiFi + LTE)
PHP 11,490 (2GB + 32GB, WiFi + LTE)
PHP 9,990 (2GB + 32GB, WiFi)
Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus
The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus, on the other hand, has a 10.3-inch FHD IPS display. Compared to the M10 Plus, the second generation of M10 FHD Plus has bigger expandable storage up to 256GB. Hardware-wise, the family tablet is similar to the M10 Plus. It has a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, LTE connectivity, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 5,000mAh battery. However, the M10 FHD Plus ships with a free smart charging dock, which is ideal for online learning, a Kids Mode app, and doubles its purpose with Google Home Hub support.
PHP 13,990 (4GB + 64GB, LTE)
PHP 11,990 (2GB+ 32GB)
Huawei MatePad T10s
The MatePad T10 series’s premium version, the T10s, shares the same front and rear cameras, processor, battery, and OS as its younger sibling. It has a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front cameras, Kirin 710A processor, 5,100mAh battery, and EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. However, the T10s comes with a SIM slot that supports LTE connectivity, 3GB RAM, and 64GB storage. It still ships with exclusive proprietary features such as Huawei Share and Huawei Mobile Services.
And that’s it. Have you found the ideal tablet in your budget? Please share with us your thoughts down below!