The 5 best thin and high-performance tablets, with prices

The 5 best thin and high-performance tablets, with prices
Sony came out swinging at the MWC expo this month, and outed the amazing Xperia Z4 Tablet, which clocks in at just 6.1mm thin, and still kept the waterproof chassis of its predecessors.

Apple also managed to trim the waistline of its metal-clade iPad Air 2 to the incredible 6.1mm, which can't be an easy thing to do, considering we have an aluminum shell. We don't know what Dell did, but it weaseled out with a tenth of a millimeter less for its Venue 8 7000 slate, and the Sony isn't far behind those two - all amazing achievements. Some of those low-carb proponents are really svelte-looking and even waterproof, so check out our world's thinnest tablets roundup below, and marvel at their engineering prowess.

A slender tablet is certainly better than a thick one, this is why we are listing five of the thinnest tablets you can currently buy below. Notice a trend? Well, these are also some of the best slates out there when it comes to specs and performance, too, apart from being catwalk stars. Have at it, we've arranged them by thickness, and ascending.

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series (from $399)

Dell's new Venue 8 is touted as the world’s thinnest tablet, and at just 6mm (under a quarter-inch) thick, there's no argument against that claim. Moreover, all that jazz is built on a metal chassis, lending a modern, industrial look which will fit any décor in the office, living room, purse, or briefcase. The new tablet also packs a 2K resolution 8.4" OLED display, a Moorfield series quad-core Atom CPU, and intriguing tri-camera setup on the back that leverages Intel’s new RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera. The main camera is an 8-megapixel unit, augmented by two auxiliary cameras that gather depth and dimensional data, much like the duo-camera set up on the M8, but also allow measurement calculations and less warped looking 3D effects.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (from €559)

The thinnest waterproof slate out there, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet also has the longest-lasting battery of them all, thanks to Sony's proprietary screen technology, with the record up to 17 hours of video-watching on a charge. The display is no slouch, either - the tablet has a 10.1-inch QHD panel. Its other features include a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB of internal storage, 8 megapixels main camera, 5 megapixels front shooter, and it supports LTE connectivity.

Apple iPad Air 2 (from $499)

Apple surely outdoes itself when we look at the design of the iPad Air 2, which snags the honor of being the world’s second thinnest tablet, and with a premium design at that. Well, it’s 18% thinner than the last year's iPad Air. Unless you have its predecessor side-by-side to compare, it’s rather tough to admire the design improvements Apple has achieved, but, seriously, it’s skinny (6.1mm) and lightweight (444 gr), easily eclipsing all other 10-inchers in the process. That combination alone makes it considerably easier for travel than most laptops, since it’s something that occupies minimal space in a backpack or bag.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (from $499)

At 6.4mm, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the most slender and compact 8" slate in the wild. It shares identical girth with the Xperia Z2 Tablet, but tips the scales at merely 9.52 oz (270 g), which makes it as light as a feather. As usual with Sony tablets, it makes for an exquisite catwalk star that is not afraid of the water, as it is IP65/68-certified, which is one of the highest ingress protection levels. This means that it will survive a water dip for up to 30 minutes in depths of no more than 1.5 meters.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (from $299)

It might be the "thickest", but at its current $100 off promo, is the cheapest of the bunch. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.4 arrives with a just 0.26" (6.6mm) thin chassis - this thickness is also shared with its larger sibling, the Tab S 10.5 as well. At 10.51 oz (298 g) of weight, the first high-res Super AMOLED 8-incher is one of the most mobile tablets out there, as it weighs as much as a cheapo 7-incher, but is way slimmer, not to mention much more powerful, and with the highest pixel density of them all, too.



1. joey_sfb

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2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

None with stylus?

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

galaxy note 10.1 and notepro 12.1 have a stylus

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They really should've released a NotePro 8.4

19. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Still hoping they come up with one this year. May be 10 inch model too.

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

well i hate iphones manly because apple could make a much better iphone than they do. but when it comes to tablets they go all out, the ipad is defiantly the best tablet and it always has been.

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

defiantly... lol

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Definitely* lol that's what I get for using swype and not prof reading.

15. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

True ipad air 2 is awesome, thank god they upgraded RAM to 2gb.

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Um, the Ipad and Iphone are pretty much the same device, the tablet is just designed to be bigger and has a higher rez screen, bout the extent of the differences.

21. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

not true the ipad air 2 has 2gb ram and a tri core A8x that has A single core geekbench score of 1808 and multi core score of 4529 thats a big difference from the iphone 6's 1609 and 2888 single and multi core scores matter of fact it has the best tablet soc there is. I say again the air 2 is a beast of a tablet. its only barley out done by the s6 edge in some benchmarks

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2194; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Android is essentially the same experience on a tablet. Just a different manufacturer with their own skin or decision to use stock experience.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2194; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's true...

14. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Ipad has the same number of icons that you get on a 4" ip5s. Yes, it's true :).

6. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Z4 tablet is the best of the bunch.also waterproof

10. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

As much as I love my Sony devices, their tablets are also great BUT much more overpriced... Even the Z3 Tablet Compact is above what it should really be...

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exactly, €559 is crazy expensive

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

got a z2 tablet from last year. not bad but i dont use it much.

11. bello

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Guys i can't access to facebook account is that a problem from them plz respond me I hope that my account is not stolen

16. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I can't find Galaxy Tab S 8.4 at 219.00 anywhere... There is a refurbished one on Amazon.. is that the one? In BestBuy they have a $50 promo, but lowers it to 349.00, not 219.00.. ='(

22. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i think they ment the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 16GB, White its priced at 219. also maybe they meant the 319 refurbished one from best by

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm I wonder when a Windows tablet will be made to be thin. I'm about to buy my first Tablet and it will be a windows 8.1 not an Android or Ipad model. I guess since Windows tablets are really PC's shaped like a tablet the better ones will never be thin because people usually want a full size USB port or full size HDMI port or both because Folks want to connect up to full size gear with a Windows tablet since they are PC's

24. smari

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

DELL the best Tablet

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