The tablet space was quite lively this year as we got to see plenty of good propositions that were vying for buyers’ attention. Whether they were in the space of affordable, mid-range, or premium tablets, the best ones carved a unique niche for themselves with their features. We hence clubbed them all together in the Best Tablet of 2022 category of the Indian Gadget Awards, which features 18 jury members, 28 award categories, and over 150 nominees. Let’s take a look at the winners of Best Tablets of 2022 in premium and mainstream categories.
Winners: Redmi Pad (Mainstream) and Apple iPad Pro M2 (Premium)
Now that we have our winners, check out the tablets that were nominated in the Mainstream and Premium categories:
Mainstream category (under Rs 20,000)
In 2022, the Redmi Pad was an ideal choice for anyone looking for an affordable tablet that served all their basic needs. Its 10.6-inch 2K resolution display and Dolby Atmos-powered quad-speaker system made it perfect for those who like to watch movies and TV shows on the go. Moreover, the presence of an 8,000mAh battery meant that buyers were seldom left with the low-battery notification on their screens. And for working professionals, its FocusFrame feature, which adjusts the video call frame according to your movement was a big boon.
OPPO Pad Air
The OPPO Pad Air is another great affordable tablet from 2022 but this one’s focused on offering snappy performance. It does this with the help of its 6nm Snapdragon 680 CPU that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. Its Extended RAM technology allows users to exploit vacant storage by converting it into memory. This tablet ships with a 10.36-inch 2K resolution display and even offers quad speakers. Priced at just Rs 15,999, it boasts of an ultra-slim 6.4mm body that’s just 440 grams in weight.
Realme Pad X
The Realme Pad X is targeted more towards creative people than anyone else and that explains its support for the Realme Pencil, which offers magnetic wireless charging. Its 11-inch display showcases its visuals in a WUXGA+ resolution of 1,200 x 2,000 pixels. A wide-angle front camera allows it to track the position and movement of one or more people in real-time to make sure they are always in the frame. What’s more, thanks to its incorporation of the Snapdragon 695 chip, it can deliver 5G cellular support apart from Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
The Galaxy Tab A8 was one more tablet that ended up pleasing entertainment buffs in 2022. Its 10.5-inch 1,200 x 1,920 pixel display was lined with symmetric bezels on all sides and provided crisp, high-resolution visuals. And then there were its Dolby Atmos-equipped quad speakers that immersed you further into the content being streamed. This tablet also exuded a premium vibe with its sleek metal body featuring a thin profile of just 6.9mm. Samsung has blessed it with a 7,040mAh battery that provides ample usage on a single charge.
Moto Tab G62 LTE
The Moto Tab G62 LTE is a gamer’s delight thanks to its specs and its affordable price tag. It comes equipped with the 6nm Snapdragon 680 chip inside it and offers 4GB of RAM for seamless multitasking. A 10.6-inch 2K resolution display ensures that users receive splendid visuals in their games, while its quad-speaker system with its Dolby Atmos brilliance makes for great immersion levels. A 7,700mAh battery powers this tablet and charging it is a delight thanks to its 20W fast charging support.
Premium category (budget no bar)
Apple iPad Pro M2
2021 was the year Apple granted the iPad Pro an M1 chip and 2022 saw the company giving it an M2 makeover. This supercharged iPad Pro delivered the ultimate combination of portability, versatility, and unbelievable performance. The premium tablet comes with pro cameras, Face ID support, Thunderbolt, and a four-speaker audio system. Its 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display bears a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision, among other things. But its main draw remains its laptop-class M2 chip that promises unflinching operations no matter how heavy your apps are.
Apple iPad Air M1
2022’s iPad Air also took the M-series route by incorporating the M1 chip inside its thin and light body. This high-end chip gave it a giant performance boost and made it capable of professional-grade tasks, sort of blurring the lines between this device and Apple’s Pro-branded tablets. It also brought with it a new Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage for a more natural video conferencing experience. And its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display is an absolute delight to work with.
Lenovo P11 Pro Gen 2
An Android tablet that lured professionals was the Lenovo P11 Pro Gen 2. Its 11.2-inch 2.5K OLED display offered HDR10+ visuals and a 120Hz refresh rate. Moreover, Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3 came bundled with this Rs 44,999 tablet. The 6nm MediaTek Kompanio 1300T CPU goes into the device, while a huge 8,200mAh battery can also be found inside it. The Lenovo P11 Pro Gen 2 also impresses with its thin and light design, which makes it incredibly easy to carry around.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has got everything that you’d want from a premium Android tablet. It’s hence no surprise that it has made its way into this nominations list. With its 14.6-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display, it’s able to render super sharp and vivid visuals, while its incorporation of the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset helps it deliver top-tier performance. The thin and light tablet works with Samsung’s S Pen, which snaps itself to its back using its magnetic strip. It’s a magnificent pro-grade tablet that’s hard to take your eyes off.
Xiaomi Pad 5
Our final nominee for this category is the Xiaomi Pad 5, which looks to offer high-end features at a very attractive price. It ships with an 11-inch 120Hz display with Dolby Vision support, while its operations are handled by the 7nm Snapdragon 860 chipset. The large 8,720mAh battery inside it is capable of providing more than 16 hours of continuous video playback and it gets charged at 33W, which is great as well. Moreover, this tablet works with the Xiaomi Smart Pen, the advanced nature of which recognizes changes in pen pressure, allowing precise, smooth pen strokes.