The 8 Best Samsung Tablets of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Galaxy Tab S4 at Samsung

"A premium tablet with all the best features you can get."

Best Upcoming Tablet: Galaxy Tab S5e at Samsung

"It's thin and light for portability, measuring just 5.5mm thick and weighing 400 grams."

Best Value: Galaxy Tab S3 at Samsung

"Its 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED screen can display HDR content."

Best for Work on the Go: Galaxy Book2 12” at Samsung

"Offers up a Windows 10 experience in a highly portable form factor."

Best for Productivity: Galaxy Book 12” 2-in-1 at Samsung

"Powered by a 7th-Generation Intel Core i5 processor, which helps balance performance with battery life."

Best Recent Budget Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5" at Samsung

"Has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, giving you just a little better than Full HD."

Runner-Up, Best Recent Budget Tablet: Galaxy Tab A 8" at Samsung

"Comes configured for the major U.S. carriers, so you can take it with you anywhere in the country."

Best Older Tablet: Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 at Samsung

"By far its best feature is the eight-inch screen, which has a sharp 2048 x 1536 resolution."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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If you want the best Android tablet Samsung has to offer, then you’ll want to go with its most up-to-date model, the Galaxy Tab S4. This is a premium tablet with all the best features you can get, and it stands out as one of the best Android tablets in the market overall, not just the best from Samsung.

The Galaxy Tab S4 comes in a few variants, with a Wi-Fi only model or mobile carrier-supported models, multiple colors, and different base storage capacities (64GB or 256 GB). But, all the models are the same where it counts. They come running Android Oreo, and are likely to get at least one Android update. They’re also powered by octa-core processors for fast performance.

The 10.5-inch screen is big enough for light productivity, and the Tab S4 actually comes with an S Pen stylus and can work with an attached keyboard for an effective laptop mode. The Tab S4 also has an excellent screen, with a sharp 2560 x 1600 resolution and Super AMOLED technology for dazzling contrast ratios, plus support for HDR and Dolby Atmos Speakers, which can really turn up the media viewing experience.

Best Upcoming Tablet: Galaxy Tab S5e

Galaxy Tab S5e

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If you’re not content to look at Samsung’s past lineup, and you’re looking toward the future for something a bit more in keeping with the times, then the Galaxy Tab S5e is where you’ll want to look. It has gone for a more modern look with slimmer bezels around the display; it's also thin and light for portability, measuring just 5.5mm thick and weighing 400 grams.

Of course, in keeping the Galaxy Tab S line, it has a quality screen. The display uses Super AMOLED technology for incredible rich contrast ratio, and at 10.5 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, it offers a high pixel density. Quad speakers amp up the audio, and the 7,040mAh battery can offer up to 14.5 hours of video playback time.

The Galaxy Tab S5e runs Android Pie on a Snapdragon 670 chipset. That’s an octa-core processor that can be paired with either 4GB of RAM in the model with 64GB of storage or 6GB of RAM in the model with 128GB of storage. Either model can use a microSD card to increase the storage by up to 512GB.

Best Value: Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 might be a little bit older, but it’s not to be overlooked. Its age may be an issue where the operating system is concerned, as it’s less likely to receive ongoing Android updates, but that also means it has come down in price down a bit. That lower price is also great news for anyone who wants plenty of premium features that the Tab S3 still has to offer.

One of the best things you get from the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 is the media experience. That’s thanks to the 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED screen that can display HDR content. Quad speakers help pump out sound, too, though you’ll have the option of headphones as well. You can also create media on this tablet, thanks to the included S Pen, which is sensitive to both pressure and angle.

Inside the Galaxy Tab S3 you get a quad-core process with 4GB of RAM, and while the base storage may only be 32GB, you can expand that affordably with a microSD card up to 400GB. Like its successor, the Galaxy Tab S3 can also attach to a keyboard and function as a 2-in-1 tablet.

Best for Work on the Go: Galaxy Book2 12”

Galaxy Book2 12”

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Samsung didn’t miss out on the opportunity to use its tablet-making skills to target the market for Windows computers. Samsung’s line of Galaxy Book 2-in-1 tablets create a Windows 10 experience in a highly portable form factor. The Galaxy Book 2 is the latest version and has some serious perks for anyone that needs to be able to get work done while they’re on the move.

The Galaxy Book 2 runs the Windows 10S version on an octa-core Snapdragon 850 chipset that combines four high-performance cores with four lower-power cores. This gives the Galaxy Book 2 a good bit of power but also great battery life, with up to 20 hours of video playback. And, that video playback is made all the better by the 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED display.

The work experience is also rounded out by the inclusion of both the S Pen, which is sensitive to pressure and angle, but also an attachable keyboard. What helps the Galaxy Book 2 win for on-the-go productivity, though, is the built-in support for LTE connectivity. When you connect it to your carrier, you’ll never have to worry about whether a cafe has Wi-Fi.

Best for Productivity: Galaxy Book 12” 2-in-1

Galaxy Book 12” 2-in-1

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For extra strong productivity, it can help to have a full version of Windows 10 and a processor aimed at delivering the kind of performance you need for work. That’s where the older Galaxy Book 2-in-1 comes in. This version runs Windows 10 and is powered by a 7th-Generation Intel Core i5 processor, which helps balance performance with battery life.

The processor is paired with 8GB of RAM, and there’s plenty of storage for work thanks to a 256GB SSD. If you need even more storage, the Galaxy Book supports microSD cards for an extra 400GB of optional storage. You could also connect external storage with either of the two USB-C ports that offers USB 3.1 speeds. And, to help with productivity, the S Pen and an attachable keyboard are included.

Rounding out the experience, as with all of Samsung’s highest end tablets, is a sharp Super AMOLED display that supports HDR. So, when you’re done working, you can enjoy rich video content. If you need more portability, Samsung has a 10-inch version of this tablet as well, though a 12-inch screen should offer more space for multitasking work.

Best Recent Budget Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5"

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

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If you want to save a bit of money, you can look into some of Samsung’s more affordable tablets. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch model is a worthy budget tablet, coming in well below the price of some of the more recent Galaxy Tab S models.

With the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, you get a more modest Snapdragon 450 chipset, but that’s still an octa-core processor running at 1.8GHz. And, that comes paired with 3GB of RAM to help you keep more apps running at the same time, so they don’t have to load up each time you switch between them. As this is a more recent tablet, you also get Android Oreo.

The 10.5-inch screen has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, giving you just a little better than Full HD. The panel isn’t a Super AMOLED, though, which is part of what helps keep the cost of this tablet down. Still, you can readily enjoy video content on this tablet, and with up to 14.5 hours of video playback from the battery, you’ll be able to watch movies and TV on even the longest flights. That will be especially easy with up to 400GB of extra storage available via microSD card.

Runner-Up, Best Recent Budget Tablet: Galaxy Tab A 8"

Galaxy Tab A 8

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For something a bit smaller and a bit cheaper (but still operating a recent version of Android), check out the Galaxy Tab A 8-inch model. This model still runs Android Oreo, but it goes with a slightly more modest Snapdragon 425 chipset and just 2GB of RAM. You still get 32GB of storage and the option for another 400GB of space via microSD card.

Aside from the smaller screen and different chipset, the other major difference between this model and the 10-inch Tab A is that this one is aimed for use on mobile networks. The Galaxy Tab A 8-inch comes configured for the major U.S. carriers, so you can take it with you anywhere in the country and get LTE connectivity. Of course, you’ll have to pay for the wireless service, but if you’re often on the go and want an affordable tablet that can keep you connected, this is the one for you.

The display has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which isn’t the sharpest, but also helps keep the price down. With up to 13 hours of video play time from the battery, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of video content even if it's not at a super high resolution.

Best Older Tablet: Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2
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If you’re trying to save a bit of money but don’t want to miss out on one of the best features a tablet can offer — a larger, quality display — then you can dig a little deeper into Samsung’s Tab S line of premium tablets. One thing we don’t like about doing this is that it can mean using an older version of Android software, in this case, Android 6.0 out of the box. But, if your primary use for a tablet is viewing media, the trade-off can be worth it.

The Galaxy Tab S2 has an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with microSD expandability up to 400GB makes for plenty of space for videos. But, by far its best feature is the eight-inch screen, which has a sharp 2048 x 1536 resolution. What makes it better is the Super AMOLED technology that offers true blacks for incredible contrast ratios in video content.

The Galaxy Tab S2 packs a 4,000mAh battery that can keep the tablet running for up to 14 hours while playing video content. So, if you’re planning to go on a trip and watch a full season of your favorite show, this tablet is up to the task.

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular Samsung tablets on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 19 different tablets overall. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.