Best Gaming Tablets 2020 | Ultimate Guide For Gamers

Dario Lemut Updated on June 24, 2020
Best Gaming Tablet

Staying active in the gaming community no matter where you are at, it is one of the key things if you travel a lot. With the help of the best gaming tablet you can find on the market, gaming is taken to another level.

Gaming directly from a gaming tablet without having to be close to your huge gaming rig and use a lot of wires is just one of many benefits. If your gaming rig is getting older, you might even replace it permanently with one of the best gaming tablets in 2020.

Now that you’re here, prepare yourself to take your gaming to another level by having look at some of the top tablets we chose to keep you up and running even when you aren’t indoors.

The Lineup At A Glance

Top 10 Best Gaming Tablets In 2020

Amazon Fire HD 10 – Amazing value for price

Amazon Fire HD 10
We have a perfect gaming tablet for the tightest budgets. Fire HD 10 offers a lot of value for the price it costs, and being produced by Amazon is really backing up the quality and warranty it has.

Even when you’re on the tightest budget ever, gaming & fun shouldn’t stop. Amazon Fire HD is one of the most affordable tablets suitable for gaming and it’s considered to be the best budget gaming tablet.

Amazon has gone far from producing only Kindle tablets to producing amazing tablets that can fit different needs.

For the price, we were impressed with the 1080p full HD display that features a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Amazon Fire HD 10 is being powered by an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and an amazing battery that supports the Fire HD 10 for 12 hours on a single charge.

It comes in three different colors, and design-wise, Fire HD 10 is really thin and lightweight, yet rugged well with a good robust plastic material.

Even though its size, it features built-in Dolby speakers which are perfect for gaming, streaming videos, or simply watching movies.

What we find to be very useful for gamers is that the initial storage of 64 GB is expandable all the way up to 512 GB with use of a microSD card.

Since it’s being powered by Amazon, Alexa is always there to help you control your tablet in a hands-free mode. All you need is just an ask away.

Fire OS might be a bit limiting, but Amazon came to the solution. Now, millions of games are available since Android games became compatible with the Fire OS.

Hardware Specifications for Amazon Fire HD 10

CPU: Mediatek MT8183 2GHz octa-core | Graphics: ARM Mali-G72 MP3| RAM: 2 GB  RAM | Screen: 10.1” high definition touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 resolution at 224 ppi, 1080p full HD video playback | Storage:  64 GB initial upgradable to 512 GB| Operating System: Fire OS 5.5 | Battery Life: 12 hours| Weight: 1.1125 lbs

Apple iPad Pro – Designed for IOS Games

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Apple iPad Pro
iPad Pro is definitely one of the leading tablets on the market, and therefore, it’s considered to be one of the best gaming tablets. It’s equipped with not one but two CPU’s which work together along other components to produce nothing else but flawless performance.

If you are looking for the best overall gaming tablet that won’t break your bank, yet instead it will offer one of the best portable gaming experiences you will have so far – iPad Pro is a reliable and suitable tablet for gamers out there.

It features a Retina display with a breathtaking resolution of 2048 x 2732 pixels. This tablet is being powered by A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Enginechip that comes with 64-bit architecture M12 coprocessor.

Such configuration will give you a blazing speed for the latest game titles, while four-speaker audio will make your gaming experience even better whether you’re indoors or outdoors.

To keep your data protected at all time, the fingerprint sensor is implemented in the home button for easy and safe unlock.

iOS is one of the smoothest operating systems that will match the performance this configuration offers.

Even though iPad Pro weighs only 1.41 pounds and is very thin, it still features a long-lasting battery that allows users up to 10 hours of performance on a single charge.

256 GB storage is a big amount for a tablet allowing you to store tons of video games and even movies in the tablet.

What’s really impressive about iPad Pro is the versatility it offers. When you aren’t gaming, you can benefit from the 12MP back camera and 7MP front camera.

The price it costs for isn’t really a lot considering the benefits iPad Pro offers and the support Apple gives to its users.

But if the price is out of your budget, and you aren’t happy to settle for a refurbished iPad Pro – the next best pick is iPad Air which comes with a Retina display and A7 chip including M7 coprocessor. It might not run all the latest game titles, but it sure will save you a lot of money in your pocket.

Hardware Specifications for Apple iPad Pro

CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest )| Graphics: Apple GPU (8-core graphics)| RAM: 6 GB RAM | Screen: 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color | Storage: 512 GB | Operating System: iPadOS | Battery Life: 10 hours | Weight: 1.41 lbs

Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet – Full Google Services

Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet
This tablet performs amazingly well and will give you all the power you need to game. It's comparable to the Amazon Fire HD except that full access to google services.

Specs wise, the Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet  is amazing for a gaming tablet with an octa core processor and 3 GB of RAM. It also has 32 GB of storage which is pretty decent considering its price.

The Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet  is a direct competitor of the Amazon Fire HD 10. Both of them provide amazing value for their price and each has their own unique value that they bring with them.

Unlike the Fire HD 10, the Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet is a certified android tablet allowing access to really convenient and useful apps like Youtube, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. But this doesn’t stop there because it has other useful features as well.

Such as 5G Wi-fi support and a beautiful 1200×1920 IPS Full HD Display that immerses the player in their games. The only downside is that it weighs about 2.3 lbs which really isn’t light for a tablet.

Despite its weight, It’s definitely a good pic for the price it’s being sold at.

Hardware Specifications for Dragon Touch Max10 

CPU: 8 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit | Graphics: PowerVR GE8322 / IMG8322| RAM: 3 GB RAM | Screen: 10” 1200 x 1920 resolution IPS display, Capacitive Touch Screen, Touches G+G 2.5D | Storage: 32 GB | Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie | Battery Life: 10 hours | Weight: 2.3 lbs

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 –  AMOLED display

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
If you’re not a big fan of Windows or iOS, this Android tablet is one of the most suitable Android tablets for gaming which has features that work in combination to provide the best gaming experience on a go.

There are many reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the best Android gaming tablets, but the AMOLED display is just one of the reasons.

No matter which game you’re playing, this gaming tablet will offer a cinematic vividness through details and contrast. It’s really incredible how Samsung pulled such screen configuration and yet made it very compact that it can fit in your hand.

Combine it with quad speakers that work in combination with the screen, you’ll have the best sound experience in any game. They’re calibrated to produce sounds along the movements, reflecting what’s going on the screen.

Even Samsung Pen that comes included can help in some games to keep your navigational skills at the top without any limitations.

There’s even a keyboard which is sold separately that can help you switch from touch to type in only a few seconds. The keyboard is really comfortable and is suitable for gaming.

The best thing about Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is its versatility. It just takes a few seconds to switch from work to gaming.

Design-wise, this tablet is very thin and lightweight, feels great in hands thanks to the back glass design, and is very portable.

Android has many games available directly from Google Store which is pretty easy to use. And using this tablet, you will be able to run Asphalt 9: Legends, PUBG, Fortnite, Tekken Mobile, NBA Live Mobile, and many others.

Hardware Specifications for Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

CPU: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) | Graphics: Adreno 640 | RAM: 8 GB RAM| Screen: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 10.5 inches, 321.9 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio) 1600 x 2560 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~287 ppi density) | Storage: 256 GB | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, One UI 2 | Battery Life: 15 hours | Weight: 1.86 lbs

Lenovo Tab M10 – Budget Gaming Tablet

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Lenovo Tab M10
For the price Lenovo Tab M10  sells for, it’s a great tablet that isn’t only suitable for gaming but also for kids, family, office, and multimedia. It’s equipped with a decent configuration and Lenovo went step further to get all details right.

If your budget doesn’t allow you to spend over $200, there’s nothing to worry about because Lenovo Tab M10 will keep letting you play games even when you aren’t at home.

It’s a 10-inch tablet which offers a breathtaking HD display that will make every game look great while Dolby speakers are built-in at the front for the best sound experience during gaming or multimedia.

Lenovo Tab M10 is equipped with one of the fastest quad-core processors Snapdragon, along with 3 GB of RAM. The battery life lasts up to 9  hours, but it can be reduced during heavy gaming. Still, it’s an amazing battery life for such a tablet in its price range.

It’s a great tablet for kids because of the special features Lenovo added. It can be transformed into the perfect tablet for kids by adding the original shock-resistant bumper, screen filter, fun stickers, and a family account.

What we really liked is the ability to have multi accounts on this tablet, even though it’s not a Windows tablet. It allows you to keep your productivity and gaming separate.

Switching between them is very simple as it takes only a few seconds to get up and running in a different account.

You might not be able to play some of the latest game titles on Lenovo Tab M10, but it’s a pretty decent replacement if you’re leaving home for a couple of days and still want to do a bit of gaming.

Hardware Specifications for Lenovo Tab M10

CPU: Octa-Core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A53 | Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno 506 | RAM: 3 GB RAM | Screen: 10.1 inches 1920 x 1200 Pixels, 24 bit color depth IPS LCD Capacitive TouchScreen | Storage: 32 GB | Operating System: Android 9 Pie | Battery Life: 9 hours | Weight: 1.06 lbs

ASUS ZenPad  – For Collectors

ASUS ZenPad
The Asus ZenPad offers a stunning gaming experience for a respectable price. Asus is known for its gaming laptops so they certainly have put that knowledge to use in this gorgeous tablet for gaming. It's also one of the last tablets made by ASUS which makes it valuable for those into collecting.

If you want gaming speed at tip top levels without breaking the bank, the Asus ZenPad is for you. This tablet performs on par with the big boys of this list with blazing fast gaming speeds thanks to its lovely hexa core Cortex processor.

Its gorgeous screen will give you a stunning 2K experience on a light and portable tablet. At 4 GB RAM, your game will run as smooth as ever so no need to fret. With 64 GB of storage, the ZenPad should be able to offer you the storage capacity for your gaming needs. If not, there are ports to connect peripherals should you need them.

The drawback to this tablet is its speakers. They are awkwardly placed and not as good quality as some other tablets on the market. That being said, they pair well with 7.1 surround sound headsets so that’s something to keep in mind when considering this tablet.

Additionally ASUS dropped out of the tablet race so this might be the last ASUS tablet you’ll see for a while.  If you’re a collector of gadgets, you might also be interested in getting the ASUS ZenPad.

Hardware Specifications for ASUS ZenPad

CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 | Graphics: Mali-T720MP2| RAM: 2 GB | Screen: 10.1 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 800 x 1280 pixels | Storage: 16 GB | Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) | Battery Life: 11 hours| Weight: 1.1 lbs

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – High-end Specs

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Microsoft really went to another level to create such a masterpiece tablet which isn’t only suitable for gaming, but it easily transforms into a studio or office tablet with just one or two peripherals.

If you’re a big fan of the Windows operating system, Surface Pro will give you one of the best tablet configurations that feature Windows.

With such configuration, it’s one of the fastest gaming Windows laptops on the market, and even though the price is high, the configuration inside justifies it.

This tablet features the latest Intel i7 processor, 1TB of storage which is more than enough for all your games, 16GB RAM, and a battery that lasts up to 10 hours of play time on a single charge.

Not only this is one of the fastest Windows tablets on the market, but it’s also the fastest Surface tablet model.

With such exceptional power and performance that is combined with portability, running your latest game titles with ease is guaranteed. Not only that this Surface Pro is suitable for gaming, but with the help of a keyboard and a pen, it turns easily into laptop or studio mode, along with the tablet mode.

Such peripherals have to be purchased separately, but they’re designed to work the best with Surface Pro tablets.

The 12.3″ inch PixelSense screen is the perfect size for taking your games on a go and the resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels really provides the ultra gaming experience that you’ll forget you’re not gaming in your room.

We find it amazing how Microsoft put all these components together in a very thin and lightweight tablet that still has an amazing battery life.

Windows has some of the best and the latest game titles available directly from their store, such as Halo: Spartan Assault, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Final Fantasy III, Doom, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Heroes, and many others.

You can also use Windows third party software to play games such as Steam which is one of the best benefits of a Windows gaming tablet such as this one.

Hardware Specifications for Microsoft Surface Pro 7

CPU: Core i7-1065G7 processor | Graphics: Iris Plus 940 graphics card | RAM: 16 GB| Screen: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) touchscreen | Storage: 1 TB SSD | Operating System: Windows 10 Home | Battery Life: 10.5 hours | Weight: 1.74 pounds

Acer Spin 3 – Powerful 2 in 1

Acer Spin 3
The Acer Spin 3 is guaranteed to offer you top of the line tablet gaming support along with the versatility of a laptop.

If you’re looking for a tablet to handle your games and a laptop to handle your daily work, look no further. The Acer Spin 3 is both in one super tiny package. It has a wealth of power for everything from word processing to slaying enemies on the virtual battlefield.

It has a 512 GB SSD of storage with the ability to add additional storage if needed. With an I8th Generation Intel Core i7 8565U Processor  and 16 GB of RAM, it will run your games with ease. It has a lengthy battery life to keep you going all day.

Hardware Specifications for Acer Spin 3

CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8565U Processor (Up to 4.6GHz)  | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16 GB RAM| Screen: 14 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED backlit IPS Multi Touch Convertible Display| Storage: 512 GB SSD | Operating System: Windows 10 Home | Battery Life: 12 hours| Weight: 3.7 lbs

Apple iPad Mini – Small and Portable

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Apple iPad mini
If you want one of the smallest tablets you can carry around but still have the specs for gaming, then you might  be interested in the Apple iPad Mini. It's a cheaper and more portable version of the Apple iPad Pro and it's worth it if your arms get tired from long hours of gaming or if you just want to travel lighter.

Most tablets are by definition small and portable however, if you find other gaming tablets bulky or too much strain for your arms, then you might be interested in the Apple iPad Mini.

The tablet features a Apple A12 Bionic chipset with an embedded M12 coprocessor for faster processing. It also features 3 GB of RAM which is insane for a 7.9 inch tablet. 

With these specs, the Apple iPad Mini is basically a smaller, cheaper, and more portable version of the Apple iPad Pro. It’s much weaker in power too since this tablet only has a 4-core Apple GPU rather than the 8-core of the Apple iPad Pro.

The tablet has a small but still usable display of 7.9 inches and it still delivers quality images for your gaming needs. The tablet has more or less the same battery life of 10 hours but what’s great about it this time is that it nearly weighs as half as the Apple iPad Pro.

Hardware Specifications for Apple iPad Mini

CPU: Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)| Graphics: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)  | RAM: 3 GB RAM| Screen 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide Color: | Storage: 256 | Operating System: iOS 12.1.3, upgradable to iPadOS 13.4.1 | Battery Life: 10 hours| Weight: 0.66 lbs 

Microsoft Surface Go 2 – Signature Type Cover

Surface Go 2
Another contender for one of the best gaming laptops is the Microsoft Surface Go 2 . This is a really powerful tablet that can play games smoothly and lag free for hours on end. But the real kicker here is that it comes with multiple accessories that enhance the users experience. It features accessories like the surface pen for writing and drawing, as well as a Surface Go Signature Type Cover for a full keyboard experience.

The Microsoft Surface Pro  7 is undeniably the most powerful and most suited tablet for gaming in this list. However there’s a catch to it and that is that it’s very expensive. If you still want powerful specs but still come at an affordable price, then you check out the Microsoft Surface Go 2.

This laptop is very powerful and it won’t burn a hole through your walls as well. Its features a powerful Intel Core m3-8100Y processor as well as 8 GB of RAM to ensure a smooth and reliable gaming session.

One of its selling points is that it comes with a surface pen which you can use for writing and drawing as well as its famous Surface Go Signature Type Cover which is a sleek and company portable keyboard which gives the user the experience of typing on a laptop.

Overall the Surface Go 2 is an amazing gaming tablet that features the specs of a mid-end laptop.

Hardware Specifications for Surface Go 2

CPU: Intel Core m3-8100Y | Graphics: Intel UHD 615| RAM: 8 GB | Screen: 10.5” Touchscreen with pen input| Storage: 128 GB SSD | Operating System: Windows 10 Home | Battery Life: 10 hours | Weight: 1.2 lbs

Picking The Best Tablet For Gaming In 2020

Gaming tablets are very similar to gaming laptops and gaming rigs since there are two things that are common for all of them. It’s the specifications & performance.

Display type and size

Display type and size are important since you’ll spend hours gaming, and you want to have the best display type with the largest size possible. We wouldn’t recommend you to settle with anything other than LED and at least 10″ in size. Recommended display type and size would be IPS AMOLED and at least 12″ size.

Configuration

Configuration is something that will directly have an impact on the performance. Therefore, making sure that the gaming tablet comes with a great processor, lots of RAM, and a great graphics card. But you shouldn’t forget about storage as well since it can either make or break your gaming tablet.

Battery life

Battery life is really important since you’re looking for a gaming tablet to take advantage of its portability to be able to game almost anywhere. The longer the battery life is – the better for you.

Additional peripherals

Additional peripherals are also important if you would like to use a keyboard, mouse, additional speakers or headphones, and even any other gaming peripherals. Some tablets come with original additional peripherals (or can be purchased separately), but most tablets (especially Android tablets) will allow you to connect external peripherals.

The operating system

The operating system is something you usually wouldn’t look for in a gaming tablet or a gaming rig, but since tablets come with a pre-installed OS that can’t be changed (or hardly can be changed), you want to make sure the games you want to play are compatible with the OS tablet has.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider gaming on a tablet?

Tablet gaming used to be a joke but in recent years, it has seen a resurgence as a viable form of ultra portable gaming. With beefier and beefier tablets coming out year after year, games are evolving past the Candy Crush days of old. There are many AAA titles available on the market now and with a tablet, you can take your game anywhere.

What sorts of games can I play?

If you’re new to tablet gaming, when you think of the type of games you can play, you may be thinking things along the lines of Angry Birds or Candy Crush but it’s far more sophisticated than that these days. PUBG Mobile, Fallout Shelter, Fortnite, Minecraft Pocket Edition, and Elder Scrolls Blades are just some of the titles being produced for a growing tablet gaming audience.

Can I Use Gaming Peripherals With Gaming Tablets?

Most Android & Windows tablets will allow you to attach gaming peripherals using 3rd party cable to turn the charging port into the USB port. But if you’re into a tablet with the iOS operating system, you might not be able to do such a thing, yet will have to rely on the peripherals Apple has manufactured for the exact tablet.

Should I Invest In A Gaming Tablet Or Gaming Laptop?

If you aren’t limited by a budget & aren’t worried about the portability, maybe investing in a gaming laptop might be a better idea. If you’re looking for ultimate mobility – a gaming tablet is exactly what you need. It’s the best thing between a mobile phone and a laptop that will offer a decent gaming experience.

Gaming tablets aren’t as expensive as gaming laptops or rigs, yet still have very strong configuration thanks to the wise use of technology.

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to play all of your games on a tablet due to OS compatibility, simply go for Windows gaming tablet and you won’t have a single thing to worry about.

What Tablets Can You Play Fortnite On?

Fortnite is a high-end game that requires at least 4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU or something higher. 

Tablets like the Apple iPad Pro, Acer Spin 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 should be able to run Fortnite with no problems at all. Basically anything above 4 GB of RAM, and a good GPU should be able to run it

Can You Play Pubg On Amazon Fire Tablet?

The latest Amazon Fire HD 10 on our list features only 2 GB of RAM. Now PUBG can run on 2 GB of RAM however it is advised that 4 GB of RAM is needed for smooth and competitive gameplay.

So the answer is a “Yes”, but you should really get a tablet with higher specs if you want to play PUBG competitively.

Conclusion

Gaming tablets are definitely the next best thing, and they still have a long way to develop before even reaching their full potential. But what we have nowadays is really surprising and totally usable for gaming anywhere you want.

Choosing the perfect gaming tablet for your needs can be a bit tough since you get one shot at it, but if you go for any of these tablets – you won’t go wrong.

We would recommend you to first think of your preferred OS, and then choose the gaming tablet which will suit your needs the best.

But as you could see in this post, it’s even possible to game even when you have the tightest budget possible.

Dario Lemut
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Dario is a writer at NetbookNews.com. He is at the same time an avid technology addict that loves reviewing gadgets & devices, and then writing useful reviews.

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