The Best Gaming Tablets of 201​9
Reviews and Buying Guide

Gaming is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent pastimes in the world and playing away from home no longer has to be a pipe dream. It was hard to take mobile gaming devices seriously until recently. While Smartphones brought an entire generation of Free-To-Play titles, low-quality cash grabs, and some gems like Plants vs.

Zombies, the mobile gaming market was built around cheap weak devices. Despite these tenuous roots, mobile gaming pressed on to mature into a full-fledged part of modern gaming that even hardcore gamers can get behind. Devices have begun to tap into the actual PC Gaming market by offering unique methods to game away from your desk.

What used to be a market filled with bloatware and digital atrocities has begun to produce amazing AAA quality games. The market that once offended true gamers has now slowly shifted toward real mobile gaming with Apps like Fortnite and PubG offering the quintessential mobile experience. Technological innovation has lead to powerful apps for streaming your games to Windows and Android devices. And with a new mobile market comes a need for devices that allow you to play on the go.

Whether you want to take your Steam library with you on vacation or play Clash of Clans from the office, Gaming Tablets are a newer innovation to the mobile gaming market that offer the perks of a laptop without the bulky design and large form factor.

In this guide you’ll find our curated list of Gaming Tablets followed by a breakdown of all the technical features such as OS issues that you should to be aware of when considering a Gaming Tablet. We’ve covered the best products of 2019 and a few unique Tablet style devices as well. If you know what type of tablet you want, read on! If not jump down to our buying guide where we’ll walk you through what matters and how to decide.


Best Gaming Tablets of 2019

Product

Screen Quality

RAM

Form-Factor

OS

Column

13.5-inch and 15-inch @ 2.5K

16GB

Tablet/Laptop

Windows 10

10.1-inch IPS LCD @ 1080p

2GB

Tablet

Fire OS (Android)

9.7" LED @ QXGA (1536 x 2048)

4GB

Tablet

Android 6.0

12.9-inch @ 2048x2732 pixels (Retina)

4GB

Tablet

iOS

7.9-inch @ 2048x1536 (Retina)

2GB

Tablet

iOS

10-inch (1800 x 1200)

8GB

Tablet

Windows 10 S

9.7” QXGA (2048 x 1536) sAMOLED

4GB

Tablet

Android

10.1-Inch @ QHD(2K)

4GB

Tablet

Android 6.0

2K 5.7-inch WCG @ 120hz

8GB

Phone

Android

(2160 x 1080) AMOLED 6.0-inch @ 90hz 1ms

8GB

Phone

Android

1080p LCD

2GB

Tablet/Console Style

Android 5.1.1

1. Windows Surface Book 2 - Best Overall Gaming Tablet 2019

  • Features
  • Dedicated GPU (GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 available)
  • 13.5 or 15-inch 2.5K display
  • Laptop style design that folds into a tablet
  • Touchscreen with Pixelsense technology
  • 17 Hours of battery life
  • Upgradable to an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and GTX 1060
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    Pairs with Xbox controllers and uses Xbox Play Anywhere
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    More powerful than a standard comparable MacBook Pro with 70% more battery life and a much higher resolution

Pros:

  • The best gaming experience possible
  • Dedicated GPU means that 1080p will run at 60 fps in modern AAA games
  • OS is compatible with any PC games you’d want to play
  • Functions as a laptop and tablet. A hybrid of both.
  • Most powerful Tablet style device on the market
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    Lightweight and portable
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    17 Hours of battery life
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    Fully upgraded model goes toe to toe with a dedicated gaming PC

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Might be too similar to a laptop or too large for some users
  • Some mobile games are not available without installing an Android emulator

Our Thoughts

Microsoft went for Apple’s throat with their newer line of laptops. The surface line offers sleek powerful tablets and laptops that fit into the same niche as the MacBook Pro. At first glance the Surface Book 2 is a bit hard to pin down. The Surface Book 2 is actually a 2-1 Tablet/Laptop hybrid. The screen detaches and allows the Surface Book 2 to be fully converted into a Tablet. The Surface Book 2 works as a solution for Gaming on the go as well as any other work required by a laptop. It’s got an insane battery life of 17 hours and the most powerful Tablet you can buy for consumer use. Your games will look fantastic and run amazing on a Surface Book 2.

So, is it a Gaming Tablet? The lines are blurring but in weight, design, and function, the Surface Book 2 offers all the features of a Tablet but with a full-fledged Windows 10 OS. It also offers the power you would want when booting up CS:GO or Overwatch. That means you aren’t restricted to the glut of mobile games on Android or iOS. Instead you can play any game that has come to PC (And Android) ever. While Gaming Tablets offer amazing quality for playing mobile versions of our favorite games, nothing beats being able to play Fallout 4 on the go and then finish up a sick drawing afterward. The Surface Book 2 can be used as a drawing tablet, a full-fledged computer, a gaming machine, a television screen. It’s similar in weight to a MacBook Air as well. The screen is gorgeous and approximately 2.5K.

The GTX 1050 and 1060 can be installed on this incredible laptop/tablet combo putting it on the same level as a premium desktop gaming PC. Few devices offer the power of a full-fledged Nvidia GPU while allowing for a touch screen as well. That means you’ll be able to use Media editing software such as Photoshop without a hiccup. The Touchscreen is great for artists and has a natural feel allowing you to use pressure while drawing. The Surface has a suite of software features that are designed to take advantage of this as well. We selected the Surface Pro 2 because it runs for hours without dying, is absolutely the MOST powerful tablet-style device on the market, can be used as a full-fledged laptop.

The biggest con is the price. It’s expensive. The good news though is that the Surface Book 2 can replace more than just your need for a tablet and be used for a variety of needs. From work to play. This is the BEST experience you’ll get on the market.


The Best Budget Gaming Tablets

1. Amazon Fire HD 10 - Best Budget Gaming Tablet 2019

  • Features
  • Access to the Amazon App store and designed for Kindle
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Alexa for hands-free use
  • 32GB and 64GB options
  • Child-friendly designed Fire HD 10 with durability and features that parents will love
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    1080p HD at 224 ppi

Pros:

  • 1080p screen looks great while gaming
  • Designed and optimized for Amazon applications
  • Fantastic for media and viewing Netflix or Hulu
  • User-friendly
  • Charges quick
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    A Lot more durable than iPad products
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    Extremely affordable

Cons:

  • Some come with lock screen ads and it costs extra to eliminate them
  • Amazon App store is more limited than other stores meaning some Mobile Games aren’t offered

Our Thoughts

Amazon entered the tablet market with the Kindle quite a few years back and has continued to pump out new Kindle iterations year after year. Eventually they moved into the HD tablet market with solid durable devices designed for Media consumption and light office work. The Fire HD 10 has been around for a while but is the best iteration of the Kindle so far. With a long battery life, beautiful colors, and access to streamlined Amazon applications, its simply become THE device for families on-the-go and the occasional gaming session.

If you love watching Netflix, playing Fortnite, and reading books late at night, the Fire HD 10 is an excellent budget option. One of the best parts of the Fire HD is the color range. It just looks good. The Fire HD has a streamlined Android operating system that is easy to use and has a multitude of features for families (Such as screen time limiting programs). The Fire HD 10 is inexpensive and it's not uncommon for fans to have several within a household. It only has modest power for running as a gaming device when compared to a true gaming tablet so be aware that the Fire is not the most powerful device on the market. In a pinch though it’ll soothe your need for gaming and Netflix to boot.

One of the largest cons of using an Amazon tablet is that the App Store is somewhat limited. With a little work though you can load the Google Play Store onto the Fire HD 10 since the OS is based on Android. It’s safe and easy for your tablet so that shouldn’t be a hindrance to having a great mobile experience.

2. Asus ZenPad 3S 10 - Runner Up (Budget Gaming Tablet)

  • Features
  • 9.7-inch Tablet
  • 2K IPS display with Tru2Life and TruVivid technology
  • Dual speaker system with DTS 7.1 Headphone support
  • 4GB of Ram
  • Gx6250 GPU
  • Fingerprint scanner for security
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    5900 mAh battery
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    64MB of Disk Space
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    8MP and 5MP cameras

Pros:

  • Blazing fast while gaming
  • Gorgeous 2K visuals
  • Fantastic quality when connected to 7.1 Surround sound headphones
  • The Z Stylus allows an artist to use this as a drawing tablet

Cons:

  • At the upper end of budget devices but an incredible deal
  • Without headphones, the audio is a little lacking

Our Thoughts

Asus has created a solid Gaming Tablet with the Zenpad 3S 10 that falls into the category of affordable and yet powerful. It’s more expensive than a Fire HD 10 but will give you the power you need to play any mobile game fast and efficiently. The 2K screen is absolutely gorgeous and makes mobile games look top notch. With a 2.1 GHz processor and a quad Core ARM Cortex 1.7 GHz processor you’ll never want for power. 4GB of RAM and an ample 64GB of storage space. This tablet checks off all the boxes for power.

The 9.7-inch screen feels perfect for mobile Gaming. It’s enough room to see anything clearly but keeps the Zenpad lightweight (A huge boon for those who travel often). One of our favorite features of the Zenpad is the emphasis on high-quality color. The visuals pop and even simple tasks like watching YouTube have a professional gorgeous feel to them. When connected to 7.1 Surround sound headsets, the audio is on par with the best devices and you can hear directional audio clearly. This is great for hearing somewhat sneaking up on you in an intense battle royale round and allows you gorgeous audio-fidelity when streaming Desktop games. Asus also offers proprietary streaming software for watching Twitch or YouTube matches as well. This is useful if you love to chill and watch footage of Dota 2 for hours on end.

The biggest con is that the Audio is far better suited for 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headsets. The audio is only stereo and just can’t get as loud or as directional as other Gaming Tablets. If you want a solid design and enough power to play anything on mobile though, this is your go-to device. Like most tablets, the Zenpad is designed around Android. Android is a positive because you have access to unique Android apps and games with a user-friendly touchscreen experience. It can be an issue if you were imagining a Windows 10 device with fully fledged PC Gaming experiences. It’s not all bad news though because you can still use the Steam App to stream from a Gaming PC.


The Best iOS Gaming Tablets

1. iPad Pro - Best iOS Gaming Table 2019

  • Features
  • 2 Sizes (12.9-in and 10.5-in)
  • Retina Display
  • 4K HD Video Recording (3840 and 2160) and 7-megapixel photos
  • Slo-Mo Video recording at 1080p and 720p
  • Touch Screen
  • Lightweight (Under 1.5 pounds)
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Pros:

  • Retina display is similar to 2K with a 264 ppi and incredible quality
  • iOS is great for many mobile game platforms and apps
  • Syncs incredibly well with the Apple-Ecosystem
  • Can use with an iPhone
  • Apple products are some of the best quality on the market

Cons:

  • More of a tablet than a gaming device
  • Apple products are pricey
  • Apple products have minimal user customization
  • Can be expensive to repair
  • App store won’t allow Steam streaming
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Our Thoughts


Apple has a huge product line of iPads and new iterations come out regularly. Whether it’s an OS update or a tech upgrade, the iPad changes often. If you love mobile gaming and have little to no interest in non-mobile gaming, iOS offers a ton of awesome games usually before Android. The iPad gets a new iteration every year and recently they’ve announced an iPad Pro that prioritizes size and screen quality (Almost 13-inches of room!). It’s needless to say that top-tier Apple products run smooth and have great design. It’ll have all the power you need, incredible battery life, and access to the streamline Apple Eco-System. If you are looking for a tablet, the iPad Pro is king. As the original innovators of tablet technology, Apple has created the iconic tablet.

So, what’s to like? First off, Apple is king of visual fidelity. The Retina Display is one of those unreal technologies that sounds fancy but when put next to another non-retina display make you see just how much better retina is. It makes 2K look even better while removing that glare and sheen normally seen on a glass surface. The OS is easy to navigate and fantastic for Social Media use as it comes equipped with easy to use camera features that are bursting at the seams with quality.

The iPad Pro is also powerful, and some iterations can hold a ton of information. This tablet is light but huge with a screen that makes you feel like you are gaming on a small monitor or a laptop. As a creative or media professional, nothing comes close to the iPad Pro except for the Surface Line from Microsoft. When it comes to Gaming, despite having only 4GB of RAM, Apple is notorious for being able to squeeze maximum performance out of its product line and you’ll have blazing fast gaming speed.

There are a lot of cons to Apple products when you focus on Gaming. Price is always the largest obstacle with Apple. Apple products are some of the most expensive and also some of the hardest to repair. This is a large concern because Apple products are notorious for glass screens that break with the lightest touch. Luckily, they have several different models that offer a great option for gaming while cutting features for those who love iOS and want to sync with an iPhone. The other major con is that an iOS device locks you into only iOS compatible games.

Many AAA games can run on OSX but not iOS. Steam came up with a fantastic streaming option this year but Apple refuses to let them host this on the App store meaning that your games list is pretty restricted. iOS prioritizes mobile titles though, so the iPad Pro is great for mobile gamers and even has some AAA options like Fortnite and PUBG.

2. iPad Mini 4 - Runner Up (Best iOS Gaming Tablet)

  • Features
  • Retina Display (2048 x 1536) with a 326 ppi
  • 7.9-inch display
  • A8 64-bit Processor
  • 8MP Camera with 1080p HD recording
  • Cellular model available

Pros:

  • Top-notch quality visuals that look even better in the small form factor
  • The power of an Apple device
  • The screen size is big enough for whatever you’ll need but amazingly portable
  • iOS is king for mobile gaming releases
  • Tons of size options for disk space
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    Great camera options and Social Media connection

Cons:

  • Not compatible with the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard
  • A bit small for some users (Although far larger than a typical cell-phone)
  • More tablet than gaming device
  • Apple products are pricey
  • Apple products have minimal user customization
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    Can be expensive to repair
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    App store won’t allow Steam streaming
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    Seems designed to shatter

Our Thoughts

If you are locked into the Apple Eco-System with an iPhone or MacBook, the iPad Mini 4 is an amazing option to consider. As always, iOS is able to get mobile games and apps before anyone else and rarely has glitches or flaws. Apple products are always powerful enough to get the job done and the Mini 4 is no exception. It’ll run any mobile game for hours with a smooth framerate and responsive controls. The Retina display is killer and at 7.9-inches it’ll still seem larger than you’d need because the quality is so clear. Gorgeous visuals. Easy to use. It’s Apple after all.

As we mentioned earlier, iOS won’t allow you to play modern games from a desktop PC, but it will allow you to play numerous titles, often mobile exclusive ones such as Elder Scrolls Blades. The store will have any product you really want from the mobile realm and as new options like Nvidia Now are developed it is almost certain that a streaming option for iOS will come out. That being said, iOS is a blast to game on. Apple devices have some of the best touch-screen sensitivity and amazing power behind them making any game on iOS fun to play. The Mini 4 is also a good device to bring to meetings and organize your schedule with.

We listed the cons earlier with the iPad Pro, but they aren’t as grievous with the iPad Mini 4. That is because it is far cheaper and at this price point you don’t have to worry about repairing it as much as you would if you broke the bank with the iPad Pro. It still will limit you in terms of available games and unfortunately user customization. This often boils down to preference though and any gamer can find something they love to play in the app store. Also, be aware that some features such as the Apple Pencil don’t work with the Mini.


The Best Windows 10 Gaming Tablets

1. Surface Book 2 - Best Windows 10 Gaming Tablet 2019

Jump to our review earlier in the article.

2. The Windows Surface Go - Runner Up (Windows 10 Gaming Tablet)

  • Features
  • 64GB-128GB of Disk Space
  • Intel 4415Y Processor
  • 4GB and 8GB options
  • 1800 x 1200 resolution with a 10-inch screen

Pros:

  • Premium product for a great price
  • One-way switch out of mobile mode available for gamers who want steam access or full Windows 10 features
  • Very powerful at this price point
  • Tons of disk space for whatever you’ll need and can always be used with an outside drive

Cons:

  • S Mode is pretty restricted, but the One-way switch may intimidate new users
  • Switching out of S mode can take up a lot of disk space

Our Thoughts

The Surface Go took what was great about the Surface line from Microsoft and simplified it. Cheaper, lighter, just as usable, it’s the best device for using Windows 10 on a budget. The visual quality is great with a 10-inch screen that functions just shy of 1080p. With 4GB and 8GB RAM options, playing AAA titles through the Windows Store or on Steam is a possibility. With Xbox Game Pass you actually have some amazing options as well and this device syncs perfectly with an Xbox allowing some unique cross-play options. Gaming on the Go will look and feel great while keeping your wallet healthy.

How does it work? The Surface Go operates a stripped down version of Windows 10 known as Windows S. This version can only use Microsoft Apps that are downloaded through the Windows Store. This OS prioritized speed and takes less space than full-scale Windows 10 but it unfortunately makes using the number one provider of PC games (Steam) albeit impossible. The upside is that Windows S is VERY easy to opt-out of. Any Windows 10 S user can choose to ditch Windows 10 S for a full-fledged version of Windows 10.

Currently the decision is permanent so devices that nix S edition will run a full-scale version of Windows 10. This is great for gamers though! Using a full-on version of Windows 10 allows you to play your entire Steam Library and game while on the go. Meanwhile the obscure resolution (1800 x 1200) looks great at this size while helping games run fast. You’ll have your pick of any PC game with all the features and quality of a normal Tablet. It’s an amazing solution for gaming on the go.

The biggest con is that the GPU isn’t very powerful (Not a huge issue at these lower resolutions) and disk space can be limited. We recommend getting as much disk space as possible with the Go, but it won’t be a huge issue as long as you aren’t installing huge AAA games that take up 40GB regularly.

Consider other surface products: Windows has a huge selection of Windows Surface tablets that are less powerful, smaller, or offer different features. These are always available as an alternative to the Surface Pro or Go. If you love Windows 10 or want PC Gaming options in tablet form, Surface is your absolute best option.


The Best Android Gaming Tablets

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 - Best Android Gaming Tablet 2019

  • Featu​res
  • HDR video playback using Amazon APP
  • QXGA Super AMOLED display (2048 x 1536)
  • 5MP Front Camera and 13MP Rear Camera with 4K recording and playback
  • Quad Speaker system for true directional audio
  • Pressure sensitive S Pen for artistic applications
  • Unique all glass design
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    Up to 12 hours of video playback
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    4GB RAM, 32GB of memory with microSD option (Up to 256GB)

Pros:

  • Fantastic directional sound quality using four AKG Harman speakers
  • Vulkan graphics ensures quality visual fidelity
  • Gorgeous HDR support
  • Android OS can stream Steam games using the new Steam App
  • Touch Screen and included Pen are fantastic for artists
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    Easily connects with Samsung Smart Phones
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    The dedicated keyboard is easy to use and makes working with this and gaming a breeze
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    Excellent 4K video quality

Cons:

  • Mobile OS can’t play full-scale PC games, so you are restricted to the Google Play store

Our Thoughts

Samsung hasn’t always succeeded in the Smartphone market but over time they’ve continually innovated and made better and better mobile devices that include epic quality tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest pinnacle in design from Samsung (And it doesn’t explode). Samsung has created a device that offers the premium quality of an Apple product with all the features that Android oriented users love. Running a blazing fast version of Android 6.0, this Tablet is perfect for mobile gaming and awesome for playing games like Injustice on the Go.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 isn’t designed to play Steam games or modern PC Games, with the newest Steam app, it’s particularly easy to stream your games to the Galaxy Tab S3. This allows you to play awesome high-quality titles as long as you have a PC capable of streaming from and acceptable input/output devices (A controller or mouse). Other streaming platforms are just coming around as well such as Geforce Now that may allow even more top-tier gaming on Android.

If you are playing Android compatible mobile games though this tablet will have all the power, you need. With 32GB of room (Expandable up to 256GB) and 4GB of RAM, Vulkin Graphics, AKG Harman Speakers, and a blazing fast processor, you’ll be gaming at the best quality on mobile. This is especially awesome considering some of the massive games coming out on mobile in the near future like AC:Rebellion as well as the Mobile editions of classic battle royale games.

Our only con is that this can’t play PC games without a bit of extra work, but we are raving fans of the Galaxy Tab S3!

2. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro - Runner Up (Android)

  • Features
  • A Full-on projector
  • 4-Usage modes
  • Splashproof with IP21 certification
  • 4 Front-Facing JBL Speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • Micro USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack
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    10200 mAh battery (18 hours usage and 49 days on standby)
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    Fast Charge
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    1.47 lbs
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    2K Resolution and 299 ppi
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    13 MP Autofocus Rear Camera and 5MP Fixed Focus Front Camera

Pros:

  • Powerful and versatile for a Tablet
  • The unique projector allows you to use it as a television or game on a wall
  • 2K screen has gorgeous color
  • The battery lasts a very long for a tablet
  • Lightweight and fantastic for mobile gaming

Cons:

  • Surface Go is cheaper and more powerful (But not an Android device)
  • Need to stream Steam OS App if you want to play PC Games

Our Thoughts

Lenovo makes great business products and the Yoga Tab 3 Pro falls into a strange category as it is great for business but uniquely suited for gaming. One of our favorite features is the ability of the Yoga Tab 3 to turn into a projector. Instead of requiring a unique dock or being constricted to the Tablet, with the Yoga Tab 3, you can game on a wall and feel like you are console gaming on the go. This will require an external device Input device as it is impractical to game in projection mode with a touch-screen.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 has some of the best battery power out of any of our options on this list and make a perfect partner to whatever you are doing. It even has a hook-like bevel allowing you to hang it and accomplish unique tasks such as watching a cooking show while cooking. The audio quality is fantastic and has good directional sound by using 4 front-facing speakers. It’s loud and not shy about that. When it comes to power, the Yoga Tab 3 is strong enough to lay any mobile game you’ll throw at it and then some. Gaming at 2K looks fantastic and we highly recommend giving it a go! It isn’t the most powerful Gaming Tablet but it’s one of the best options for those in love with Android.

The biggest downside is the limitation of the Android operating system. Any mobile OS tends to be pretty exclusive when it comes to gaming options. Like all Android devices though you can stream your Steam portfolio and play any PC game that your system will throw at it. So, if you use steam there's no barrier to playing amazing games on the go.


The Best Gaming Phones

At Computex 2018, several Gaming phones were announced. While they offer the power and strength of a tablet, Gaming phones are specifically designed with some very unique features. Despite being a newer product, some companies have shifted to exclusively support Gaming phones instead of Tablets. We don’t foresee this as the direction the entire industry will move but it is important to be aware of the newer technology that is on its way.

1. The Razer Phone - Best Gaming Phone 2019

  • Features
  • HDR 120Hz WCG 1440p Screen (5.7-inch)
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras and one 8MP Front Camera
  • Dolby Atmos with Stereo Speakers

Pros:

  • Incredible Audio quality with Dolby Atmos
  • Battery lasts all day
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is durable enough for everyday use
  • Gorgeous visuals while using media

Cons:

  • ROG may be delivering a superior product soon
  • Carrier selection is limited

Our Thoughts

Razer is known for making some amazing peripherals and over the last few years has entered the gaming space with a variety of laptops and tablets. Recently Razer retired the flagship tablet they developed so that they could focus on a unique mobile niche, the gaming phone. Until now, there has never been a dedicated gaming phone. Despite being much smaller than a traditional tablet, the Razer phone boasts some stellar hardware.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Razer catered to the hardcore gaming market by including a 120hz screen that supports HDR and boasts 1440p resolution. That means any game playing on this will look buttery smooth and have gorgeous color. 120Hz is unheard of in the mobile space and while it might seem puzzling given the typical games that are played on mobile devices, the lack of screen tearing, and visual artifacts just makes this phone stand out even more.

The Razer Phone also boasts a powerful 835 Snapdragon processor and 8GB of RAM meaning that you’ll have no issue in running the most demanding applications and running them fast. The starting storage is generous (64GB) but an additional 2TB can be added through MicroSD. Like other Android products, you can now stream your steam library to this phone meaning that it’ll give you incredible visuals in a small form factor.

Unfortunately, one drawback is that this phone falls into a weird category. With a 5.7-inch screen, it’s large for a phone, but still small for a tablet. One thing that might turn a consumer off to the Razer phone is that it is Sim Card based, meaning carriers like Sprint and Verizon won’t let this phone work. Companies like T-Mobile and AT&T though work very well, and it can be used internationally.

2. The Republic of Gamers Phone - Runner Up (Gaming Phone)

  • Features
  • Can dock in order to attach a 4K monitor, 7.1 Surround sound, keyboard, and mouse
  • Cooling system that attaches
  • 6-inch(2160x1080) AMOLED display running @ 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time
  • USB-C
  • 12MP and 8MP Rear-facing cameras. Front-facing 8MP camera
  • 200g weight

Pros:

  • Buttery smooth gameplay
  • Insane power in a hand-held device
  • Onboard cooling means no more sweaty palms
  • All the features of a top-tier Smartphone
  • Designed by an actual gamer oriented company
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Cons:

  • Not on the market yet

Our Thoughts

It’s hard to say whether the ROG phone would best the Razer Phone yet. The largest factor in Razer being the current champion is that ROG recently announced the ROG phone and we haven’t been able to test or even see reviews on the phone outside of in-person Computex previews (such as the one done by Linus Tech Tips). If the ROG Phone lives up to its promise though, it may revolutionize gaming on a mobile device. Besides having killer sound, powerful graphics, and stellar design (Shoulder buttons similar to a real controller!) ROG has a unique feature that kicks the usability up a notch.

The ROG Phone can be connected into a special dock that adds Keyboard and Mouse Support, Monitor support (Up to 4K) and 7.1 Surround sound support. In essence, the docking platform turns the ROG Phone into a device similar to a desktop PC and allows you to play games like Mobile Fortnite with amazing accuracy, as nothing can beat the traditional mouse and keyboard combo. They’ll have to start making rules against this. ROG looks like they’ll blow the competition out of the water soon.

The biggest drawback is that you can’t just walk into a store and pick up an ROG Phone. They’ll be out soon though to go head-to-head with Razer. You can see some great footage from Computex though. Keep an eye out!


Other Gaming Tablet Options

1. Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 - Discontinued

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 was developed to offer a powerful gaming tablet that uses Nvidia GPU products. Unfortunately, they have discontinued the K1 and support may be limited, if you can find one though, it allows high-quality gaming on a very powerful device. We mention the Shield because it was a beloved item and the rumor mill occasionally makes it seem as if the Shield Tablet will have a successor. So, keep your ear to the ground if you are still looking in the future for developments from Nvidia. They currently sell a successor that’s designed to link up with television sets. If the Gaming Tablet market continues to grow it’d be expected to eventually see a follow-up device from them.


Gaming Tablet Buying Guide

Why a Gaming Tablet?

What used to be a joke to hardcore PC gamers has slowly matured into a stronger and healthier industry. Mobile gaming is currently entering into an age of higher-quality content that isn’t designed to make a quick buck. Formerly a bunch of click oriented money gobbling games ruled the market. Now Mobile gaming is seeing AAA quality games in the pipeline such as Elder Scrolls Blades, Legends, Hearthstone, Fortnite, PUBG, and more. This means that gaming on the go is now fun, competitive, and rewarding. In 2016 the first full-scale GPU options for laptops entered the market that actually worked as good as a desktop GPU. Since then tablets have begun to cram more and more power into them and are on the cusp of being the best balance between lightweight mobility and blazing fast gaming power.

Selecting a gaming tablet involves first selecting what operating system you want (Compatibility is a huge issue with mobile gaming) and secondly whether or not you want a full tablet or a hybrid that can double as a fully functional computer. You may specifically love mobile games and be interested in that, but most gamers will actually want a powerful device that plays normal games even to the exclusion of mobile games.

What makes a Gaming Tablet a Gaming Tablet?

There are actually two forms of gaming tablets, those that are running mobile OS systems and are designed to exclusively work as tablets and those that are actually running a desktop OS in a small form factor or even in the case of the Surface Pro, full-on computers capable of doing anything a traditional laptop or desktop PC could. Gaming tablets are defined by the form factor of having a panel which is often a touch-screen so that they can be used like a notebook or tablet would be used.

Can I play “Normal” games on a tablet?

It depends on many factors. Your OS, the power of the tablet, input options such as a keyboard, and developer support all affect whether or not the games you want will work on your tablet. Some tablets such as the Windows Surface are just fully-fledged laptops in a tablet form factor and will almost anything you throw at it. Others like the Amazon Fire HD or iPad can have slight compatibility options with modern PC games but often have a huge library of mobile-specific games. In fact, many of these games can’t be played on a PC. More high-quality mobile games are arriving all the time and some stellar options like the upcoming Elder Scrolls Blades are starting to pursue the hardcore gamers nestled in the mobile market.

Features to Consider

Tablet Type (Full or Hybrid Form Factor)

It’s important to decide whether or not you want a true mobile device with a mobile OS such as a Windows 10 Mobile, iOS, Fire OS, Android OS or other mobile operating system or if you want a device that is a full-on computer in Tablet form. Both have advantages and disadvantages, from the available Apps and Games to the price points. It’s crucial to know though because a Gaming Tablet can be many different things from a glorified Smartphone to a Desktop PC replacement. Some Tablets come with an attached keyboard or rotatable screen while others are thin and more like a clipboard.

The OS

This is by far the most important decision for playing games beyond the actual strength of the tablet itself. The OS is what allows you to play games and what systems will be compatible with your tablet. If you love mobile gaming, you can generally find great games for the iPad but any gamer worth their salt knows that Windows is king in the gaming world.

The three most common operating systems are Windows, iOS, and Android. Windows usually

iOS: Apple has an iOS-specific App store and many mobile games run exclusively on iOS or benefit from the OS over Android. iOS also syncs very well with other Apple devices

Windows 10: Windows 10 comes in a few flavors but in general, Windows 10 will run any non-mobile game without a compatibility issue. Steam, Origin, Bethesda, Blizzard. All the big league names are on Windows 10. For mobile games there are solutions to accessing the Google Play Store. It’ll take some work though.

Android: This Google Linux designed operating system is normally viewed as the underdog but underlies many different mobile products. Because of this the Google Playstore can be installed through various means on both Windows 10 and Amazon devices.

RAM

RAM or Random Access Memory is an important component of any device, modern gaming PC’s use a minimum of 8 GB and often use as much as 32GB. Tablets often won’t tout this as a full-on tablet might use RAM differently but tablets that are actually a full-on computer will usually need to have a significant amount of RAM. 4GB is expected for good mobile gaming performance although 8GB is the best you could get.

Note: Don’t confuse this with disk space (Both are measured in GB) because they are very different in function and often both referred to as memory informally.

GPU

Traditionally a good desktop PC relied on the GPU more than any other part to gauge its graphical ability. GPU options in tablets are very different than desktop computers. As a rule of thumb, an integrated GPU won’t get you the highest quality graphics at high resolutions. Yet they’ll play a lot of games. If you want to game non-mobile games without streaming, you’ll want a real dedicated GPU. Many games actually aren’t that intensive on the graphical capability of your device especially if they are designed for mobile.

Disk Space

Disk Space is incredibly important when selecting a tablet, especially if you plan to use media a lot or install many different apps and games on it initially. An OS can use up to 4GB alone so getting a tablet with 16GB might in all practicality only really have 12GB of usable space. This can be taken up fairly quickly by some HD movies, normal apps, and larger games. Expandable Disk Space is ideal. Most Tablet Disk Space is designed to be Solid-State though, thus it is usually incredibly fast.

Processor or CPU

The processor is used heavily during non-gaming activities and several modern games (Such as Assassins Creed Origins and Final Fantasy VX) but in general this is more important for tasks such as video editing, photoshop, multitasking, and the occasional game. Tablet processors are a bit hard to nail down in strength and power because they are usually unique to the manufacturer. Reading good reviews on processor strength can help you make a more informed decision.

Screen Quality (And Resolution)

Resolution is very important in making a game look great. Tablets have a hidden blessing though in that a lower resolution isn’t nearly as noticeable due to tablets being so small. Resolution is measured in pixels (tiny dots that when put together form an image) and pixel density is a really important aspect of the quality of a screen. When screens grow, they naturally have to increase the distance between pixels or make the pixels appear larger. With a 4K television or a 1080p monitor, you have to sit a reasonable difference for optimal viewing (Where no pixels are seen but the image is clear and crisp). With a Tablet even, a resolution less than 1080p can look clear and crisp because the pixels aren’t enlarged. For Gaming Tablets though we do recommend never going below roughly 1800 X 1200 or something close to 1080p.

Besides resolution, gaming tablets can offer HDR, fantastic color technology, and a higher refresh rate for smoother gameplay as well.

Screen Size

Screen size is important to consider but make sure that size isn’t confused with resolution or pixel density. In general, any tablet you get should be 1080p or above if you plan to use it for gaming. Screen Size usually boils down to preference and Tablet weight. For reference, a small laptop screen (MacBook Air) is usually around 13-inches and a small tablet is usually around 8-inches, although exceptions exist such as full-scale desk-sized Tablets that are designed for architecture work.

Audio Quality

Tablets often have a very flat sound and so most people opt to use high-quality Gaming headsets. Some though offer newer technology such as Dolby Atmos, 5.1 Sound quality, or other awesome audio fidelity improvements. Consider how often you’ll be using your Tablet for playing music or watching shows.

Sim Card Slot

Some Tablets also double as cellular devices and if this is the case having a Sim Card Slot is very useful. If you live internationally or use a carrier that allows Sim Cards, then you can switch between cell service providers quite easily.

Battery Life

Battery life wavers between different tablets and what they are used for but expect around 10 or more hours for normal use. Intensive gaming can drain a battery quickly though. Most opt to charge a device while gaming, but you have to be careful because some products will overheat in those circumstances lowering the overall lifespan of your device.

Weight and Size

A practical consideration is the weight and size of your tablet. Often, they are designed to be thin, lightweight, and usable in a wide variety of environments. Ultimately tablets are best when they are lighter than 4 pounds, but a really good tablet will usually be under two.

Input and Output Method

Most games for mobile have great touchscreen oriented controls but you may find you want a keyboard, mouse, or another similar styled peripheral. Some tablets have the USB support, Bluetooth, or whatever else is required to add these in. It’s very important to consider how you can play your games when selecting a device. Steam Controllers are a great option if you need something to game with and are using a compatible tablet.

Gaming Tablet F.A.Q.

Does Resolution or a Retina display matter all that much?

Resolution is very important in making a game look great. Since tablets are often viewed very close to the face, a lower resolution like 720p is VERY noticeable. But once the resolution hits 1080p, most screens look crisp and sharp. A Retina display has increased visual quality beyond just the resolution. It honestly depends on what you think looks best but overall any Gaming Tablet that hits 1080p will look phenomenal when gaming. A Retina Display may be overkill but people obsessed with visual fidelity may want that or a 2K screen option.

How important is the OS on a gaming tablet?

It can’t be overstated how critical the OS is. Currently Windows and Android will allow you to play nearly any game available (For Android you need to use the Steam streaming app and a powerful enough device) but the iOS is a huge bottleneck because many AAA games are restricted from iOS. Still, the features that Apple devices offer may incentivise you to go with them. Just be aware that functionality will be widely reduced.

You have to answer the critical question, are you a PC gamer or a mobile gamer? A PC gamer can access mobile games with some work and an Android user can stream from a device using the Steam app (Which also means you can load in many games from outside sources as well) but iOS gamers are pretty much stuck with iOS.

Why a Tablet over a Laptop?

The biggest reason is usually the high-quality touch-screen. A Touch-Screen gives the user tons of unique ways to use and interact with technology. Tablets are fantastic for artists and other creatives because they can use a writing implement like a digital pen. They also are lightweight and portable. Some hybrid devices make you feel as if you have both a laptop and Tablet, but a Tablet can fill a great niche. They also can be used in professional settings and remain as socially acceptable as using a paper notebook for note-taking.

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