The best tablets you can buy in South Africa

There was a period where tablets were praised as the future of consumer technology – offering the best features from both laptops and smartphones.

However, tablet popularity has waned in recent years, with Google recently announcing that it would stop making tablets altogether.

Despite this reduction in demand, many people still enjoy using a tablet for certain tasks, and many manufacturers are still shipping these devices.

If you are one of these tablet enthusiasts, we’ve listed some of the best tablets you can buy in South Africa below.


Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite

The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite is a great device that offers premium features at an affordable price point.

It sports a 10-inch Full HD IPS display and is compatible with the Huawei M-Pen Lite stylus.

It also offers users 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and 8MP front and rear cameras.

As its name suggests, the MediaPad is great for consuming video and audio content – thanks in no small part to its four Harman Kardon speakers, which deliver great sound.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 1

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite
Dimensions 243.4 x 162.2 x 7.7 mm
OS Android 8.0 (EMUI 8.0)
Display 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 IPS LCD
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, MicroSD up to 256GB
Main Camera 8MP
Front Camera 8MP
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Network LTE Cat. 6 (Nano SIM)
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 7,500mAh
Price R5,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5E is the best Samsung tablet currently available on the South African market.

It has a 10-inch 2,560 x 1,600 Super AMOLED, making its images incredibly crisp and clear.

Performance-wise, it offers 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage – while also supporting up to 512GB MicroSD external storage.

You will be able to take great photos with its 13MP rear camera, and it is an incredibly portable device due to being just 5.5 mm thin and weighing around 400g.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
OS Android 9 Pie
Display 10-inch Super AMOLED 2560 x 1600
CPU 64-bit octa-core processor
RAM 4GB
Camera 13MP front, 8MP rear
Storage 64GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB-C 3.1, POGO
Dimensions 245 x 160 x 5.5 mm (400g)
Battery 7,040mAh
Price R9,499

iPad Pro

Apple has traditionally been a favoured player in the tablet space with its iPad devices, which offer great performance and stylish looks.

The iPad Pro – Apple’s flagship tablet – offers up to 1TB storage space, dwarfing the figures offered by the others on this list.

It sports a 12.9-inch, 2,732 x 2,048 LED display with IPS technology, and it can record 4K 60FPS video with its 12MP camera while simultaneously taking 8MP photographs.

Apple iPad Pro 2

iPad Pro 12.9-inch
Dimensions 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm (631g)
Chipset A12X Bionic
Display 12.9-inch 2,732 x 2,048 IPS LED
RAM N/A
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Ports USB Type-C
Primary Camera 12MP f/1.8
Front Camera 7MP f/2.2
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE
Battery 36.71Wh
Price From R17,899

Lenovo Yoga Book C930

Lenovo is one of the few genuine competitors to the three giants of mobile device manufacturing.

Its Yoga Book tablets are high-quality devices and offer something different for those who want more functionality out of their tablet.

The Yoga Book C930 functions as a 2-in-1 device, with a second touch screen that can be used as a second display or as a keyboard.

It runs Windows 10 Home and has an Intel Core i5 processor.

The C930 also has 4GB RAM and a 256GB SSD – offering laptop-grade specifications in a tablet’s form factor.

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 1

Lenovo Yoga Book C930
Dimensions 179.4 x 260.4 x 9.9mm
Chipset Intel® Core™ i5 7Y54
Display 10.8-inch QHD 2,560 x 1,600 IPS, 10.8-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 E Ink Mobius touchscreen
RAM 4GB
Storage 256 GB SSD
Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C
Primary Camera N/A
Front Camera 2MP
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE
Battery 36Wh
Price R22,749

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