Top 7 Best Gaming Tablets of 2019 - You Should Buy

You're looking to buy a new android gaming tablet - like an iPad or a Galaxy Tab - and you want to know what the best gaming tablet is. In this article, we check out some of the best gaming tablets currently available with pro tips guide for buying a good tablet.
Top 7 Best Gaming Tablets 2019

The versatility, mobility, style, and cost have made tablets one of the most popular new category of electronics. Tablets are by no means all the same and there are many specifications (particularly when it comes to gaming) and things to consider before buying one.

7 Best Gaming Tablets 2019

Below i've list the best tablets for gaming with their specs, features and indebt review.

1. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Android's answer to the mid-range iPad
Weight: 430g | Dimensions: 240.5 x 163.7 x 7.2mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Mediatek MT8176 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Seeing as this is a company best known for making great gaming gear, it's not a total surprise to spot an Asus tablet on this list of best gaming tablets. Clearly inspired by the design of both the Apple iPad and the successful Samsung Galaxy Tab range of slates, the Asus Zenpad is a well-made beast. It boasts a sharp and bright screen, with enough power to run all the games you'd want to play on Android. If we were to have a little niggle, the awkwardly placed speakers can dampen the audio quality you get when playing games, and the build quality could be better. But, at the end of the day, Asus knows how to make gaming hardware, and this little Android gaming tablet does not disappoint. 

2. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Weight: 666.8g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.7mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8500 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

With the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, you're getting quite a special Android gaming tablet. Not only is this a slate that packs excellent multimedia skills, but you're also getting a tablet that comes with a built-in projector. Yes, your eyes didn't deceive you, the Yoga Tab 3 has a project embedded in its unique hinge, which makes this quite the unique proposition. Bye, bye TV. Or, at least, hello gaming on the go on the seriously big screen. 

3. 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The best gaming tablet money can buy
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 8,134mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

The benefit of indulging in some mobile gaming on an iPad is that iOS devices tend to get games faster than their Android counterparts. Devs love iOS, and gamers should love it too, especially when it comes to the iPad Pro. This 10.5-inch version is your best bet - unless you want the jumbotron that is the more expensive 12.9-inch version - as it just happens to be the most powerful iPad Apple has ever made. The King of Cupertino really isn't lying when it comes to the prowess of the A10X chipset, it's a serious beat. That means no lag, no issues with speed; this is an iPad that can deal with anything you throw at it, from the most demanding games to running side-by-side windows as you game and watch a spot of Netflix at the same time. The sound quality is impressive too: loud, sharp and expansive, which is exactly what you want when you're playing or hammering out some Spotify. The iPad Pro also has the ProMotion dynamic frame rate, which comes in handy for both gaming and watching movies, as well as making sure doing both those things doesn't drain your battery life. This is the best gaming tablet you can get. 

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Top of the range Android gaming tablet
Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

If an Apple device isn't your bag, then don't worry, there are plenty of awesome Android tablets that are perfect for gaming - along with everything else you'd want to use a tablet for. But, currently the best Android tablet money can buy is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. It's a fantastic tablet with a stunning quad HD screen that's already read to show off HDR content, even if it hasn't quite arrived yet. It's the best designed tablet Samsung has ever delivered, and it funtions more like a laptop hybrid than your standard tablet - more akin to an iPad Pro than an oversized Galaxy smartphone. There are speakers hidden along the frame of the tablet that mean your constantly getting immersed in your gaming without your hands covering up any of the grills, and when combined with that lovely screen and a beast under the hood, you're looking at a tablet that's capable of running the best Android games money can buy. It helps that it also comes with software known as Game Launcher, which makes playing games on a tablet much easier. Take in-game screenshots, record video, shut off all your alerts for a distraction free gaming session, and heck you can ever use the front-facing camera for Let's Play videos. All I need to do now is perfect how to play games and still have the camera at a flattering angle.

5. New iPad (2018)

A more affordable, but still brilliant, iPad
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Okay, okay, so not everyone can afford an iPad Pro, or necessary wants the all-singing, all-dancing top end iPad tablet offering. So instead, check out the new 9.7-inch iPad, which is the best gaming tablet for anyone on a bit more of a budget. It's considerably cheaper than any of the iPad Pro models, but still comes with a crisp display, excellent tech running things behind the scenes and all the access you need to all that iOS gaming goodness. It comes with Apple Pencil support, if that's your bag, but more importantly it comes packing the Apple A10 Fusion chipset, which means a lightning fast iPad experience, both for gaming and productivity. It's a brilliant option for those looking for the Apple gaming experience, and definitely worth a look. There's a reason this is number 3 in our list, and it's not just because it's cheaper. 

6. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)

Affordable but with a brilliant screen
Weight: 500g | Dimensions: 262 x 159 x 9.8mm | OS: Fire OS | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: Quad-core | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: Up to 12 hours | Rear camera: 2MP | Front camera: VGA

If you want a tablet for your children, or for someone who's a casual gamer, you actually can't go wrong with the Amazon Fire HD 10. It still has a huge screen with a lovely full HD resolution, and some lovely design aesthetics (apart from the plastic design), but you're paying a fraction of the cost of other gaming tablets on this list. If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you get a load of other perks, but even non-members can take advantage of the Amazon Underground game store, which offers a tonne of excellent Android games for the very low price of absolutely free. Bonus. It does run the slightly awkward Amazon Fire OS, but for those looking for an affordable table with the majority of the bells and whistles of something at least twice the price, you can't fault the Fire 10 HD. 

7. Microsoft Surface Pro

Steam gaming on a tablet-sized device
Weight: 768/770/784g | Dimensions: 292 x 201 x 8.5mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 | RAM: 4/8/16GB | Storage: 128/256/512GB or 1TB | Battery: Up to 13.5 hours media playback | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

While PC gaming enthusiasts might want to avert their eyes here, the rest of you, hear me out. Whereas most gaming tablets will only offer you iOS or Android gaming on the go, the Microsoft Surface Pro can actually let you play your Steam and other PC games on a tablet. Yes, it's true. While you won't be playing anything on max settings, middling graphical options can see you running games at a slick 50fps, including the likes of Minecraft and Portal 2, and a perfectly decent 30fps for games including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization 5. If you want a Windows device with a big, beautiful screen, a full keyboard and all the flexibility of a tablet, then the Windows Surface Pro is an excellent choice. It won't impete with a gaming rig, but when it looks this good - and weighs so comparatively little - you won't regret it. 

Pro Tips for Buying a Good Gaming Tablet

Tablet Type (Full or Hybrid Form Factor)
It’s important to decide whether or not you want a true mobile device with a mobile OS such as a Windows 10 Mobile, iOS, Fire OS, Android OS or other mobile operating system or if you want a device that is a full-on computer in Tablet form. Both have advantages and disadvantages, from the available Apps and Games to the price points. It’s crucial to know though because a Gaming Tablet can be many different things from a glorified Smartphone to a Desktop PC replacement. Some Tablets come with an attached keyboard or rotatable screen while others are thin and more like a clipboard.

The OS

This is by far the most important decision for playing games beyond the actual strength of the tablet itself. The OS is what allows you to play games and what systems will be compatible with your tablet. If you love mobile gaming, you can generally find great games for the iPad but any gamer worth their salt knows that Windows is king in the gaming world.

The three most common operating systems are Windows, iOS, and Android. Windows usually

iOS: Apple has an iOS-specific App store and many mobile games run exclusively on iOS or benefit from the OS over Android. iOS also syncs very well with other Apple devices

Windows 10: Windows 10 comes in a few flavors but in general, Windows 10 will run any non-mobile game without a compatibility issue. Steam, Origin, Bethesda, Blizzard. All the big league names are on Windows 10. For mobile games there are solutions to accessing the Google Play Store. It’ll take some work though.

Android: This Google Linux designed operating system is normally viewed as the underdog but underlies many different mobile products. Because of this the Google Playstore can be installed through various means on both Windows 10 and Amazon devices.


RAM or Random Access Memory is an important component of any device, modern gaming PC’s use a minimum of 8 GB and often use as much as 32GB. Tablets often won’t tout this as a full-on tablet might use RAM differently but tablets that are actually a full-on computer will usually need to have a significant amount of RAM. 4GB is expected for good mobile gaming performance although 8GB is the best you could get.

Note: Don’t confuse this with disk space (Both are measured in GB) because they are very different in function and often both referred to as memory informally.


Traditionally a good desktop PC relied on the GPU more than any other part to gauge its graphical ability. GPU options in tablets are very different than desktop computers. As a rule of thumb, an integrated GPU won’t get you the highest quality graphics at high resolutions. Yet they’ll play a lot of games. If you want to game non-mobile games without streaming, you’ll want a real dedicated GPU. Many games actually aren’t that intensive on the graphical capability of your device especially if they are designed for mobile.

Disk Space

Disk Space is incredibly important when selecting a tablet, especially if you plan to use media a lot or install many different apps and games on it initially. An OS can use up to 4GB alone so getting a tablet with 16GB might in all practicality only really have 12GB of usable space. This can be taken up fairly quickly by some HD movies, normal apps, and larger games. Expandable Disk Space is ideal. Most Tablet Disk Space is designed to be Solid-State though, thus it is usually incredibly fast.

Processor or CPU

The processor is used heavily during non-gaming activities and several modern games (Such as Assassins Creed Origins and Final Fantasy VX) but in general this is more important for tasks such as video editing, photoshop, multitasking, and the occasional game. Tablet processors are a bit hard to nail down in strength and power because they are usually unique to the manufacturer. Reading good reviews on processor strength can help you make a more informed decision.

Screen Quality (And Resolution)

Resolution is very important in making a game look great. Tablets have a hidden blessing though in that a lower resolution isn’t nearly as noticeable due to tablets being so small. Resolution is measured in pixels (tiny dots that when put together form an image) and pixel density is a really important aspect of the quality of a screen. When screens grow, they naturally have to increase the distance between pixels or make the pixels appear larger. With a 4K television or a 1080p monitor, you have to sit a reasonable difference for optimal viewing (Where no pixels are seen but the image is clear and crisp). With a Tablet even, a resolution less than 1080p can look clear and crisp because the pixels aren’t enlarged. For Gaming Tablets though we do recommend never going below roughly 1800 X 1200 or something close to 1080p.

Besides resolution, gaming tablets can offer HDR, fantastic color technology, and a higher refresh rate for smoother gameplay as well.

Screen Size

Screen size is important to consider but make sure that size isn’t confused with resolution or pixel density. In general, any tablet you get should be 1080p or above if you plan to use it for gaming. Screen Size usually boils down to preference and Tablet weight. For reference, a small laptop screen (MacBook Air) is usually around 13-inches and a small tablet is usually around 8-inches, although exceptions exist such as full-scale desk-sized Tablets that are designed for architecture work.

Audio Quality

Tablets often have a very flat sound and so most people opt to use high-quality Gaming headsets. Some though offer newer technology such as Dolby Atmos, 5.1 Sound quality, or other awesome audio fidelity improvements. Consider how often you’ll be using your Tablet for playing music or watching shows.

Sim Card Slot

Some Tablets also double as cellular devices and if this is the case having a Sim Card Slot is very useful. If you live internationally or use a carrier that allows Sim Cards, then you can switch between cell service providers quite easily.

Battery Life

Battery life wavers between different tablets and what they are used for but expect around 10 or more hours for normal use. Intensive gaming can drain a battery quickly though. Most opt to charge a device while gaming, but you have to be careful because some products will overheat in those circumstances lowering the overall lifespan of your device.

Weight and Size

A practical consideration is the weight and size of your tablet. Often, they are designed to be thin, lightweight, and usable in a wide variety of environments. Ultimately tablets are best when they are lighter than 4 pounds, but a really good tablet will usually be under two.

Input and Output Method

Most games for mobile have great touchscreen oriented controls but you may find you want a keyboard, mouse, or another similar styled peripheral. Some tablets have the USB support, Bluetooth, or whatever else is required to add these in. It’s very important to consider how you can play your games when selecting a device. Steam Controllers are a great option if you need something to game with and are using a compatible tablet.

Gaming is the best entertainment platform around, but it can be challenging to game on the go. We hope this guide shows you some great options and helped you feel confident in selecting a gaming tablet. If you enjoyed our guide, please like, comment, and share it so others can continue to enjoy our content. 

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