7 Cheapest Android Tablet PCs in India

Tablet Wars

If you are looking for a cheap Android tablet PC in India, then you might have plenty of choices available currently. However, choosing the right feature-rich tab can be a chore, especially if you are looking for affordable products with specs that suit your browsing, reading or gaming choices.

With the emergence of high-quality entry-level Android tablet PCs like the Lenovo IdeaPad, Lava Xtron+ and Karbonn Smart Tab, the Indian tablet war is getting intenser than ever before. New entrants are targeting the less-than-10000 price bracket and offering exciting features like 3G support, latest Android OS versions, Wi-Fi, and a faster processor with a dedicated GPU. Here are some of the most affordable tablet PCs in India:

(To make things a bit easier for readers, I have included a "Tech Specs at a Glance" section at the bottom of this guide. It provides specifications for each tablet mentioned in this hub)

1. Lenovo A2107

The Lenovo A2107 is powered by 1 GHz processor and is one of the few best budget tablets with 3G and Wi-Fi support. On the downside, the A2107 lacks a GPU, which may be disappointing for gamers as the performance of graphic-intensive games will be poorer when compared with budget tablets with a dedicated graphics processing unit. Wi-Fi reception is pretty good, plus the 2G and 3G support makes it a perfect 7-inch portable Internet surfing device.

Design-wise, the A2107 is pretty well-built. It doesn’t give that plasticky feel, something which budget tablet PCs are notorious for. The rubber coating at the back ensures it does not slip off your hands. The 16 GB internal memory is great, given the price of the product. Dual speakers ensure solid stereo sound output. However the display is pretty okay, but then at such a price one really can’t expect the specs of a high-end tablet pc like Nexus 7. All in all, Lenovo A2107 is a good buy for those who are looking for a budget tab with decent specs.

2. Lava e-Tab X-Tron+

The e-Tab X-Tron+ is a worthy successor of the Xtron. It comes with an HDMI port and is powered by Android Jelly Bean OS. With a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, the tablet PC has an average display, but videos are viewable (can’t say for the text, as it can be difficult to view smaller fonts on this tablet pc. E-readers, stay away.)

Xtron+ can be a good budget tablet choice for gamers. It comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with MALI-400 support. Users will have no problem multitasking as it won’t crash if two of more programs are open at the same time. Moreover, games like Temple Run, Dead Trigger and Asphalt 7 will run smoothly without any hiccups. It would however be a better idea playing games or reading books indoor, given the reflective screen and poor viewing angle.

For the price, which is around 7K INR, the e-Tab X-Tron+ is quite a steal. It boasts everything you would want in a budget tablet PC. The battery is okay and supports 3G (you will need to connect a 3G dongle to surf the Internet). Overall, it’s a good bet in the affordable table space.

3. Karbonn Smart Tab 8

Karbonn Smart Tab 8 is another Android Jelly Bean-powered cheap tablet PC in India. Armed with a dual core processor and GPU, the 8-inch tablet’s performance is pretty decent. With support for Google Play Store, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, the Smart Tab packs a punch at a price less than Rs.10K.

Karbonn Smart Tab has an okay battery life as one needs to charge the tablet PC daily. However, you can play some of the most popular games on this tablet without any problem. The screen resolution is quite the same you have seen in budget tabs, so there’s nothing too spectacular about it. One can use this tablet for casual reading and surfing the Internet. The plus point is the big 8-inch screen size which makes playing, surfing and reading a pleasurable experience.

Like Lava’s Xtron+, the Smart Tab is not suitable for reading outdoors as the screen reflects sunlight, making it difficult to read, surf and play games. Also, the touch screen isn’t as responsive as other tablets, which may be a disappointment. However, there are other advantages that may overshadow some of its drawbacks. All in all, a good tablet PC with features as good as a RS. 10K tablet PC.

Which is the Cheapest Budget Tablet PC in India?

  • Lava eTab Xtron+
  • Lenovo A2107
  • Karbonn Smart Tab 8
  • BSNL Penta IS701C
  • HCL Me X1
  • Reliance 3G Tab
  • Huawei Mediapad
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4. Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Tablet

The Mediapad 7 Lite tablet PC from Huawei has a pretty good design and excellent sound output. However, it is good only for casual reading and web-surfing. One can’t multitask or even dream of playing high-end tablet-optimized games on it.

Powered by Ice Cream Sandwich, the tablet PC has a 1.2 GHz processor and 1GB RAM. You can insert a 3G Sim card into the tablet’s slot to enjoy surfing the Internet as well as making voice calls. It has two cameras – a 3.15-MP camera for taking pictures and a front-end VGA camera for making video calls. Like other affordable tablet PC, the screen resolution is low, but one can enjoy watching movies thanks to the awesome sound output.

Performance-wise, the tablet is not as amazing as a Smart tab or Xtron. The internal memory is low. (Only 4GB and it comes with bloat ware, which takes up half of the internal memory space.) The build quality is pretty good, with looks to die for and the camera takes pretty good pictures. If you are not a gamer and are looking for a tablet pc for watching movies or listening to music, then the Mediapad 7 might be a good choice.

5. BSNL Penta IS701C

In the list of low-cost budget tablets, BSNL Penta is one of the cheapest feature-rich Android tablet PCs in India. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and has 512 MB RAM with screen resolution as good as any HCL tablet PC. In case of playing videos and music, the Penta IS701C does not disappoint at all. The sound output on a pair of earphones is pretty good, but users should consider using third-party earphones for optimal sound.

With 3G support and good battery life, the BSNL Penta is something one shouldn’t miss if he/she is looking for tablet PCs less than 5K. You can watch a full movie as it assures at least 4 hours of continuous video playback. The Penta sports a mini USB port as well as a standard port which can connect to any pen drive. All ports and volume keys are logically placed to ensure easy access. With a price tag of Rs. 4000, BSNL Penta IS701C is quite a good buy in the budget tablet PC space.

6. HCL Me X1

The HCL Me X1 comes with a 1 GHz processor and sports a 7-inch display. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). While the memory and storage space is pretty okay (512 MB RAM and 32 GB maximum storage space), the device is best for playing full HD movies (1080p).

In spite of these good features, the HCL tab might be a turn-off because of its decision of putting up its own proprietary HCL ME App Store instead of the Google Play Store. However, this device is great for playing good old Android 3D games, though the visuals aren’t sharper than the ones on Reliance.

Office-goers, however, can rejoice because the device comes with a Quick Office app, which can be use to create and edit documents. All in all, the ME X1 is a great Android device and since it runs one of the latest mobile processors, it’s suitable for students and office-goers alike.

7. Reliance 3G Tab

The Reliance 3G Android tablet PC is the priciest of the lot, but packs in loads of excellent features. This Android Gingerbread device has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen display, and this well means that multi-tasking is possible. Users can open up multiple apps because of the multi-touch input.

One of the highlights of the Reliance 3G Tab is the battery. The device can last for up to 9 hours, and has a battery life closest to the Apple iPad. The device runs on an 800 MHz processor, which is lower than an HCL.

The device also sports a dual camera; though the front-facing one is a VGA (the rear camera supports 2 megapixels). The Reliance 3G tab is feature-rich and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which is why I would definitely recommend this device for users who prefer a good tablet PC with high battery life.

(Note: The sale of this tablet PC has been discontinued by most online shopping sites, but you may still find it on Reliance Mobile Store or Reliance World.)

Tech Specs at a Glance

Tablet PC
Android OS Version
Processor
Memory
Graphic Processing Unit (GPU
Display
Connectivity
Battery Life
Google Play Store Support
Lenovo A2107
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
MediaTek 6575 1.0GHz Cortex A9 processor
512 MB (Wi-Fi)/1 GB (3G)
No
7.0" (1024x600)
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/
10 Hours Internet Browsing
Yes
Lava e-Tab Xtron+
4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual Core
1 GB
Mali 400 Quad Core GPU
7.0" (1024x600)
Wi-Fi/
3-4 Hours of continuous usage
Yes
Karbonn Smart Tab 8
4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
Same as Above
1 GB
No
8.0" (1024x768)
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
6-7 Hours of Video
Yes
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
1.2 GHz Cortex-A8
1 GB
No
7.0" (1024x600)
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/USB
5 Hours of Video
Yes
BSNL Penta IS701C
Same as Above
1 GHz Cortex-A8
512 MB
No
7.0" (800x480)
Wi-Fi/USB
6 Hours Internet Surfing
No
HCL Me X1
2.3.3 Gingerbread
Cortex A8 1GHz Processor
512 MB
No
7.0" (800x480)
Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/USB
3-4 Hours
No
Reliance 3G Tab
2.3 Gingerbread
800Mhz Processor
512 MB
No
7.0" (800X480)
Bluetooth/Wi-Fi
9 Hours Talk Time. 300 Hours Standby Time
No

Wrapping it Up

So which Android tablet PC would you love to buy? Do you find this list interesting? Do you have any suggestions or have your own list of cheapest Indian tablet PCs? Share with us by posting your comments.

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Comments 36 comments

vinner profile image

vinner 4 years ago from India

I think you missed out the cheapest tablet. Akash tabet available for Rs.3000


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

Hi Vinner,

According to some reviews, Aakash tablet isn't as good as other Indian tablet pcs. Agree it is the cheapest, but it heats up too soon and does not provide access to the Android Market, which is why I did not include this tablet in this top 5 list. However, the company has planned to launch Aakash 2 in mid-feb 2012. The second version will be much more better than this one, as claimed by the CEO. Until then, we will have to wait and keep our fingers crossed.


Benjamin 4 years ago

The aakash 2 tablet which is going to be in markets on december is going to hit the world of tablets


Pratyush 4 years ago

the biggest con of upcoming tab. AAkash 2 (ubislate 7+) is that it has resistive touchscreen which is an outdated technology and less in precision...........it is must to provide capacitive touch regarding touchscreen devices.....


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

@Pratyush completely agree with you. Thanks for your comment.


sunil koli 4 years ago

ya, its r8 nd more ovr nt hving battery bckup ..


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mohitmitm 4 years ago

You could have included iball-slide in the list. It is also very good tablet pc for the indian market and it's a good competition to the reliance tab which comes with a network lock


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

Thanks Mohit! Will post a review about the iBall slide in a separate hub.


Arindam 4 years ago

resistive touch is better bcoz u can virtually write or make sketches on it just like a paper pad...capacitive doesn't allow it


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pinappu 4 years ago from India

If you like to draw then you shall appreciate the resistive touch screen.Good article voted up.


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

@Pinappu - Thanks!


int 4 years ago

agree about resistive


Basavaraj.N 4 years ago

which is the best tab in these 6 tabs and i want GSM tab with 2.3 gingerbread..please help me.


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ap100 4 years ago from India

This is good information... I have heard that BSNL is also joining competition in making tablets.. I guess it will be arrived soon and will be cheap.


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

@ap100 Thanks! Will write a short preview on this soon.


vivek jain 4 years ago

kya inme msoffice,visual basic , c, c++,java use kar sakte hai.


Ravi Patil 4 years ago

You have missed out Wespro Tablets which are also priced very less. Unfortunately I am unable to get any review on those tablets. Can any one send me the critic of Wespro Tablets at ravipatil@gmail.com??


Nilanjan 4 years ago

Well only the processor and the RAM counts.. coz these days U don't have to stick to the stock ROM... there r loads of custom roms out there for u to try out! So only watch out for the hardware.. dats what really counts!


Nilanjan 4 years ago

@vivek jain- for office apps.. there are apps like Qucikoffice,Documents to go etc... nd for C,C++,Java source code editing.. u can use Touchqode! It supports Java, HTML, JavaScript, Python, C++, C#, Ruby and PHP


jeet 4 years ago

now there is also BSNL penta available, please give review on thhis


Manish Aswal 4 years ago

Sir, what's your thought about Tablet of Wespro Company ?


muqdad 4 years ago

I got aakash tablet ubislate 7 last month its very bad device first day when I got it it working 20 min only and not accept recharge and the back is very hot I spoke with company and I send by blue dart and spend Rs.450 and refunded after 2 days same problem very hot no chance to switch off means still working till battery is finish after 2 hours and you need again to recharge and its very very slow .I advice all do not think to by aakash ,i will give to my child to play because it`s useless.


MAX PAYN THE BAAP 4 years ago

You all of them forget about the beetel magiq glide it's having a awesome configuration.


Omkar naik 4 years ago

i tried a lot to buy beetel magiq tablet,bt its nt available anywhr,out of stock evrywhr, plz plz plzzzzzz help me whr wil i get beetel..my contact no is 9028767101


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Beautifully researched and beautiful looking Hub!

Looking forward to knowing you more.


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

@Goodlady Thanks!


akg 4 years ago

what about micromax funbook?


arvind 4 years ago

Confused in deciding for the best tab between aakash tab & aakash ubislate 7


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Anurag2008 4 years ago Author

I don't think Aakash is as good as these cheap tablet PCs. But if you decided to buy one, then purchase the new version instead of the old. However, my advice would be to research online or read this guide and then make an informed decision.


killer 4 years ago

will u please put some light on spice mi20 tablets and tablets from penta mainly 802 model.......also give some advice on beelabz prashi tablet....


Karan 4 years ago

What's about hcl me u1 tablet ?


SANJEEV BASTAPURE 4 years ago

I WANT TABLET P.C. WITH MAX . FACILITY PRICE SHOULD BE AROUND RS.10000. EXPERTS IN THIS SECTION SHOULD GUIDE ME.


ankit jain 4 years ago

you fools you all missed most aewsome tablet in its budget that is micromax funbook p300 that runs on android 4.0.3 ,1.2 ghz processor ,512 mb ram ddr3 , capactive touch . wifi and the price is only 6400


gdle 3 years ago

i m trying to buy a aakash tablet is it good or i should prefer next


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

I loved the hub as I am on look out for a new gadget. You have written well and explained thing in detail. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I also request you to write one on E-readers as that is the present hottest one sought by tech savy as well reading folks.


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Anurag2008 3 years ago Author

@Sunil Thank you. Will write about it.

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