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The best Android tablets in 2019: the best slates running Google's OS

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When it comes to searching for the best Android tablet, there are fewer options compared to a few years ago where Google's operating system was popping up on slates from almost every major manufacturer.

The tablet market slowed down since, and those still producing Android tablets have reduced the frequency of launches, but that means quality has improved as new devices are no longer being rushed out.

While the selection of new Android tablets isn't as large as it once was, and nowhere near as large as the selection of Android phones, there's still some great ones to choose from.

Android is one of the main rivals to Apple's tablet range which includes the new iPad Pro 11 (2018), iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and iPad (2018).

Some Android tablets have 10-inch screens, others seven, some land somewhere in between and a handful even push the boundaries past 10 inches. There are also big differences in battery life, processing power, RAM and even the software each slate is running.

And even once you know what specs you're after there are plenty of not so great options, so to help you avoid buying a dud we've put together this list of the best Android tablets around.

They cover a range of options and we've included a rundown of the specs, the pros and the cons, so you can see at a glance what's right for you.

However, if none of these taking your fancy you can always look towards new tablet launches in 2019.

Amazon is likely to give its Fire tablet range another reboot, Samsung will continue to try and provide an Android answer to the iPad and a few surprising launches for other firms could spice up our best Android tablets list in the next 12 months.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

The 'money's no object' best Android tablet

Specifications
Weight: 482g
Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560
CPU: Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/256GB
Battery: 7,300mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+PC desktop-like Dex interface+S Pen stylus included in box
Reasons to avoid
-Poor keyboard design-Desktop interface needs work

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the best Android tablet available right now. It's not exactly cheap, but it comes packing a whole hosts of features to ensure you're getting plenty of bang for your buck.

Unlike Apple's iPad Pro range, the Galaxy Tab S4 comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus included in the box, while under the hood you get the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset alongside 6GB of RAM ensuring Android runs super-smoothly on screen.

That's only half the story though. Pair the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with a keyboard and mouse and it'll transfer from Android into a desktop-like experience as it attempts to replace your laptop as well as your tablet.

The desktop aspect of the tablet is limited for the time being, but we fully expect it to improve with future software updates. In short, the Galaxy Tab S4 is the most versatile Android tablet around.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung's former flagship Android slate is super

Specifications
Weight: 429g
Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm
OS: Android 7
Screen size: 9.7-inch
Resolution: 1536 x 2048
CPU: Snapdragon 820
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB
Battery: 6,000mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Great premium display+HDR-ready display is excellent
Reasons to avoid
-Keyboard is a cost extra-High price tag

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is our favorite Android tablet in the world right now.

This tablet is the second best Android slate in the world thanks to a powerful processor and an excellent display that's prepped to show you HDR content.

There's an S-Pen stylus in the box and you'll also have the option of buying a keyboard too, but that will cost quite a bit extra.

The price of the Galaxy Tab S3 is high, but it's worth it when you look at all of the power and amazing features you'll get for that amount of money.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review

3. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

One of the best Android tablets out

Specifications
Weight: 430g
Dimensions: 240.5 x 163.7 x 7.2 mm
OS: Android Marshmallow
Screen size: 9.7-inch
Resolution: 1536 x 2048
CPU: Mediatek MT8176
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: up to 10 hours
Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Strong, hi-res display+Swift response
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre battery life-Not great build quality

Nope, that's not an iPad you can see just above. That's the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 - and it's our third favourite Android tablet you're able to buy right now.

There's decent power inside this slate as well as a super bright and beautiful display to look at on the front.

The battery life and build quality aren't the best on the market, but considering the lower price point than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and Tab S3 above, we'd recommend picking this up if you're looking for something a touch cheaper.

Read our Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review

4. Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4

A great Android alternative to the iPad Mini 4

Specifications
Weight: 316g
Dimensions: 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3mm
OS: Android Oreo
Screen size: 8.4-inch
Resolution: 1600 x 2560
CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Battery: 5,100mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+Good battery life+Decent value
Reasons to avoid
-Reflective screen-A little slow in places

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) is among the best of the retail giant’s tablets, as while it’s in many ways lower end than the similar HD 10, the smaller screen is sharper as a result, and the price is lower.

It also delivers surprisingly strong gaming performance, with a decent amount of power for the money. The speakers aren’t great and the cameras are awful, but tablets aren’t for taking photos and you can always use headphones.

What you do get is solid if not spectacular performance, and tight integration with Amazon’s other services through Fire OS, all at a price that’s well below most of the non-Amazon branded competition. You should also note that if you already own the 2016 version of this tablet, it won't be worth upgrading to the 2017 version as the differences are very minimal.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

5. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Taking 'Netflix and chill' to the next level

Specifications
Weight: 665g
Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6mm
OS: Android 5.1.1
Screen size: 10.1-inch
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
CPU: Intel Atom quad-core
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB/32GB
Battery: 10,200mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Integrated projector+Great audio
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Glitchy interface

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports a unique, distinctive design.

There's a built in stand to take the heft off your hands, while the integrated projector means you can enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV, though the screen is sharp enough that you won't always feel the need to use a projector anyway.

All that tech does make it less portable than most tablets on this list and the UI could be better, but it's a fairly unique option.

Read our Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro review

Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin is an experienced Editor with a demonstrated history of working in the computer games industry. He is skilled in social media, video idea creation and production, media relations, and journalism.