The most portable tablets

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Tablets (1 - 5)
Lenovo Tab V7Lenovo Tab M7 WiFi + CellularApple iPad mini (2019)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4" (2020)Lenovo Tab M8 (FHD)Lenovo Tab M8 (HD)Huawei Honor Tab 5Huawei MatePad T8Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 LTE (2019)Amazon Fire 7
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Lenovo Tab V7
Lenovo Tab M7 WiFi + Cellular
Apple iPad mini (2019)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4" (2020)
Lenovo Tab M8 (FHD)
Lenovo Tab M8 (HD)
Huawei Honor Tab 5
Huawei MatePad T8
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 LTE (2019)
Amazon Fire 7
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WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.195g
236g
308.2g
309g
305g
305g
310g
310g
347g
286g
ThicknessWe consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
ThicknessWe consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.7.89mm
8.25mm
6.1mm
7.1mm
8.15mm
8.15mm
8.2mm
8.6mm
8mm
9.6mm
VolumeVolume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
VolumeVolume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.121.41cm³
149.62cm³
167.09cm³
179.47cm³
197.64cm³
197.64cm³
204.62cm³
207.98cm³
208.99cm³
211.97cm³
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.6.95"
7"
7.9"
8.4"
8"
8"
8"
8"
8"
7"
Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.348ppi
170ppi
326ppi
270ppi
302ppi
189ppi
283ppi
189ppi
189ppi
171ppi
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.2160 x 1080px
1024 x 600px
2048 x 1536px
1920 x 1200px
2160 x 1080px
1280 x 800px
1920 x 1200px
800 x 1280px
1280 x 800px
1024 x 600px
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.8 x 1.8GHz
4 x 1.28GHz
2 x 2.5GHz & 4 x 1.6GHz
6 x 1.6GHz & 2 x 1.8GHz
4 x 2.3GHz & 4 x 1.65GHz
4 x 2GHz
4 x 2.2GHz & 4 x 1.7GHz
4 x 2GHz & 4 x 1.5GHz
4 x 1.95GHz
N.A.
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.4GB
2GB
3GB
3GB
3GB
2GB
4GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.5180mAh
3590mAh
5124mAh
5000mAh
5000mAh
5000mAh
5100mAh
5100mAh
5100mAh
2980mAh

Tablets combine the best of smartphone technology and laptop features in one portable package that’s powered by enough RAM to allow you to work remotely, play games, and browse the internet with ease. They’re smaller, thinner, and much lighter than laptops yet provide a larger display than your traditional smartphone, making them ideal for those after a truly portable yet powerful device.

As a device that you likely slip into your briefcase or carry with you in your purse, you’ll need to ensure that it’s truly portable. This means taking a look at the size of the tablet itself and its weight and other factors that influence how durable it is. The most portable tablets aren’t simply the smallest tablets, and here’s why.

Tablet size comparison

Bigger doesn’t always mean better or even more powerful, and smaller doesn’t necessarily mean that a tablet will be more portable. To figure out which tablets are the most portable and easy to use on-the-go, you’ll need to consider a few factors, such as weight and dimensions. To determine which tablet is the best for you, consider where you’ll store it (in your briefcase, in a laptop case, etc.), whether or not it’ll fit into your current backpack, how large the screen needs to be, and an ideal weight that would be feasible for you to carry around with ease.

What’s the ideal size for tablets? 7-inch tablets are the most portable in terms of sheer size. They’re small enough to slip into pretty much any purse, bag, or briefcase, and they’re usually lightweight, too. However, if you need a larger screen and more power, it’s best to opt for a 10-inch tablet; most can handle graphics-heavy games, productivity software, and streaming. Thumb-typing with a 10-inch tablet is still feasible as well, making them portable enough to use with one hand on the metro or while waiting in line for coffee.

Damage-resistant glass

As a portable device, tablets see much more wear and tear than a traditional computer. We purchase protectors for our phones and laptops to keep them safe, and it’s a good idea to do the same with your tablet. However, when comparing the most portable tablets, be sure to look for tablets with damage-resistant glass.

This type of glass, such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass, is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high force levels. This is an especially important feature if you’re going to use the tablet out in the field while at work or are looking for a portable tablet for kids. Speaking of working out in the field, if you use your tablet for on-the-go job tasks or frequently take it out with you to job sites, consider opting for a dust- and water-resistant tablet. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets and rain droplets, but not being submerged into water.

Battery

If you’re looking for a portable tablet, then chances are it’s because you want to carry it around with you wherever you go. In that case, you’ll also need to factor in the tablet’s battery power and battery life. Typically, tablets can last from around 4 to 10 hours if used continuously under moderate load. Battery power directly determines how long your device can last on one charge. Whereas the average battery power of a tablet is somewhere around 6,000mAh, the top-performing tablets can have a battery power of at least 12,000mAh.

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