The best cheap tablets and deals 2018: the top budget options

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You don’t have to pay hundreds of pounds for a tablet these days, and there are a number of top cheap tablets available.

[Update: 2018 will likely bring us an updated fleet of Amazon’s low-cost slates, alongside a handful of Android tablets from some of the main players. Anyone hoping for a low-cost iPad will need to keep their fingers crossed Apple launches a new iPad Mini and as a result slashes the price of the iPad Mini 4 (currently £419).]

It’s a strange time for cheap tablets, and even tablets in general. Exciting releases are few and far between these days, and the most fascinating tech is restricted to the top end of the market. 

The best tablet in the world is the new iPad Pro, and that will set you back an awful lot of cash. Best budget tablet it is not. 

In fact, none of Apple’s current fleet of slates manage to break the £250, but if it’s iPads you desire you’ll want to check out our best iPad roundup.

All hope is not lost though, and we’ve got the list of the best cheap tablets you can buy right now below – but let’s make one thing clear. There aren’t many to choose from.

It’s slim pickings for anyone looking to pick up a cheap tablet these days as the market for low-cost slates has somewhat fallen away, but the ones below offer excellent value for money.

There could very well be a new contender in our best cheap tablet line up soon though, after we got hands on with the Alcatel 1T at MWC 2018.

1. Huawei MediaPad M3 8

The best cheap tablet you can buy right now

Weight: 322g | Dimensions: 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 6.0 | Screen size: 8.4-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: Kirin 950 | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 5100mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 8MP