Best Chinese Android tablets (2014 edition)

After taking a look at the fascinating world of China-made Android smartphones, where we found some true gems - devices of remarkable quality and surprisingly affordable price, it's time we examined the realm of tablets manufactured in the factories of Foxconn and other Chinese vendors.

The tablet market has been undergoing a shocking decline this year - after a few years of booming growth and optimism, it seems that people are not rushing to buy new tablets. For manufacturers, it's a tough climate with smaller margins, but still a fierce competition. A lot of that comes from China, where you can get a very decent tablet with cellular connectivity for often half the price of a similar offer from the well-established brands.

Naturally, this comes with its risks - support and guarantees for those products are limited outside Asia, and buying one feels like a leap of faith. It does not have to be that brusque of an experience, and that's why we've summed up the best tablet offers to help you pick through the myriads offered out there. With no further ado, here are the best Chinese Android tablets for 2014.

#10: Onda V975M

Price: $200
Buy it on Onda store

The Onda V975M is not among the newest offerings, but it stands out with its affordable price - even more affordable than your usual Chinese tablet, yet it still packs a very sharp display, and a decently powerful chip.

#9: iFive mini 3

Price: $220
Buy it on iFive store

The iFive mini 3 comes from a company that just loves to use chicks for its marketing. We won't dig into finding exorbitant consequences for the human race, but rather focus on the product itself - a well-designed tablet.

#8: Pipo T9

Price: $240
Buy it on Ainol-novo

The Pipo T9 is not the prettiest in this listing, but it compensates with its bang for the buck - a full-sized tablet equipped with cellular connectivity for just $220.

#7: Cube Talk 9X

Price: $210
Buy it on Ainol-novo

The Cube Talk 9X is a sleek, black slate that also features 3G cellular connectivity at an outstanding price. This time around, we have the MediaTek, MT8392 chip running the show.

#6: Lenovo S8

Price: $180
Buy it on Lenovo store

The Lenovo S8 brings  its brand name as a reassurance in this otherwise solid-looking tablet.

#5: Teclast X98

Price: $200
Buy it on Teclast Store

This full-sized iPad Air clone is not ashamed to copy Apple's creation even in the actual name, but its less than half its price.
A 3G tablet for $120? Sounds impossible, but it actually is a reality in the eHear MQ8.
iFive Air is an attempt at taking the best of the iPad design and bringing it in the land of Android, with a China-inspired affordable price tag.

#2: Onda V989

Price: $180
Buy it on Onda Store

The Onda V989 stands out with one thing among the rest - guaranteed update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in December. And if we don't count the Nexus line, it might be among the first tablet to get the new Lollipop, if Onda lives up to its promise.

#1: Xiaomi MiPad

Price: $270
Buy it on Merimobiles

Xiaomi, the most popular Chinese brand, has made a fresh-looking and affordable tablet that you can buy without having to worry too much about build quality - after all, the company lives up to a certain standard to be so successful in China. We should also not forget that the MiPad runs on Nvidia's Tegra K1 with killer Kepler graphics.



1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Well i want an iFive Air....

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Me too...

7. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Me too.... iFive Air soooo refreshing.... I wonder what included in the package

13. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014


19. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This comment fits your comment down below.

14. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014


24. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

HAHAHA! This makes me laugh.

25. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Please order me five... *drooling

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Why do Chinese manufactures feel the need to copy Apple? Can they not think of any other elegant design language?

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

R&D costs money. Tooling costs for new designs also costs money. They don't give a fat baby's a** who they copy or what the product looks like as long as it sells for a profit. Here endeth the lesson.

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

In China Apple cant do s**t like it can in EU/USA when it comes to courts, suing etc. So if you are a Chinese company you can copy as much as you like as long as you dont sell it officialy in EU/USA etc, Most of tech noobs think that making a simple minimalistic design like apple does is something you draw on a paper in few hours and thats it. It takes s**tloads of designs, testing, perfecting, applying patents you have and much more just to make a nice clean design. So imagine you have all that ready to copy from Apple instead of wasting hundreds of millions of actually doing it.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Hundreds of millions? Don't kid yourself. It costs these "knockoffs" just as much to create the mfg. tooling as it does apple. Sure, they don't have to go through 2-10 prototypes and the design process, but apple doesn't have tons of R&D. Despite what they may or may not file in their SEC reports. The biggest costs in creating a new product is the production tooling and startup. It's not like they are getting that for free. They are just feeding the market the "designs" they desire. (Although, I personally don't understand it.)

28. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Apple don't spend tons on R&D is because they keep a lot of the same design over the years. Beside tons of their technologies are bought from other companies like Siri :P (This is a totally troll comment, so feel free to attack it.)

6. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Why all the tablet is $220? Is it mandatory pricing?

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

They aren't, maybe PA wanted to round the prices

8. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

That girl in iFiveAir pic is f**king hot. ._.

9. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Buy Original.

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You forgot the Nokia N1....cuz it's made by Foxconn.

27. zetta

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

e,,,,that's just China made,the brand not belong to China ....if as u say ,iPad also Chinese,ok ,it's not android...

15. Furbal unregistered

the lenovo is actually available at bestbuy on sale right now. Specs are impressive for $149

16. Furbal unregistered

off by $10! 159.99.

18. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

And I quote Phone Arena: "We won't dig into finding exorbitant consequences for the human race, but rather focus on the product itself "... Yet, this article talks about 10 cheap 3G tablets found in China, and guess which picture they chose for the Article itself?

23. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

iphonearena about bringing you is**t and boobs

26. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Why is this a list of only crappy budget tablets? There are plenty of better Lenovo tablets, for instance.

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