Best Tablets Under Rs.5,000

by | Nov 7, 2018

The prices of Android tablets have been coming down off lately.

Thanks to the entry of large screen phones with the compact form factor, people have started keeping a distance from these tablets in favour of more powerful and portable smartphones.

However, these tablets still cater to a large swath of Indian population who prefer a large screen especially kids for gaming and media consumption.

This is where the cheap tablets find a foothold.

In this article, we list the best Android tablets under Rs.5,000 available in the Indian market.

Best Tablets Under Rs.5,000

1. i Kall N5Overall Best Pick
2. iBall Slide Dazzle i7 Runner Up Pick
3. Alcatel 1T7 Android Go Tablet
4. Lenovo Tab7 7304FBest Wi-Fi only tablet
5. Acer One 7Best Branded Pick

1. I Kall N5

Best tablets under Rs. 5000 - Overall Best Pick
Value for Money
  • Perfect for productivity tasks
  • Optional accessories
  • High-speed data transfer

I Kall is a leading consumer electronics brand in India offering affordable Android tablets to the masses.

The N5 Android tablet from I Kall offers a fine combination of productivity and entertainment at an affordable budget to Indian consumers.

Design and Build Quality

The I Kall N5 has a plastic body with a designer backplate on the black coloured variant and a plane coloured back on the white variant.

The camera and the dedicated flash is placed on the top centre part which is a clever design choice, if you may ask.

The tablet, when held in hand to click a picture, will often find the finger overlapping the flash if the camera is positioned towards the side.

This creates distortion in your clicks if you’re not careful enough to keep the fingers away from the flash.

The buttons on this tablet are very responsive to the clicks and are conveniently raised from the body so that you can easily locate them even without looking at it.

The charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top part. The single speaker is positioned on the back which is quite a bummer.

When the tablet is placed on a flat surface, the sound gets muffled due to the awkward placement of the speaker.

Display

The I Kall N5 tablet features a 7.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

This display is not the best of the bunch, but definitely acceptable considering the dirt cheap price tag.

The pictures and videos look decent on this display with sufficient brightness and colour accuracy, to say the least.

There may be some pixelation when displaying fine text, but not to the level where it becomes a dealbreaker.

Processor and Performance

The I Kall N5 Android tablet is powered by a MediaTek Quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz.

This processor can run almost all casual apps available in the Google play store without breaking a sweat.

This device has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is almost double the amount that it’s competitors offer at the same price segment.

Heavy gaming is strictly a no-go with this budget tablet as the processor is way too underpowered to handle resource-intensive tasks.

This device can play videos up to a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making it an ideal media consumption device.

Connectivity

The I Kall N5 comes with dual-sim support as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can pop in two sims at a time and can switch between them seamlessly.

The main USP of this device is the 4G connectivity. It enables this device to have high clarity voice calls and high-speed data transfer speeds.

Camera and Battery Life

The rear camera of this tablet is a 5MP one and the front shooter is a 2MP fixed focus camera.

This device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports all Android apps and
Google services.

The battery on this tab is a 3,000 mAh Li-ion cell that will let you use this device without requiring you to juice up during the middle of the day, in case of moderate use.

Verdict

If you are looking for a cheap tablet that can replace your laptop for emails and preparing notes for work, the I Kall N5 tablet that comes with an optional full-sized keyboard will do the job perfectly.

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4G dual sim support

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16GB internal storage
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Bundled keyboard
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Outdated Android OS

 Specifications

Processor1GHz Mediatek Quad core
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB up to 32 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0-inch 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual sim
Battery3000mAh

 2. iBall Slide Dazzle i7

Overall Best Pick Best tablets under Rs. 5000
Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for home use
  • Comparatively newer Android version
  • Perfect for casual browsing and reading
iBall is a popular low budget computer peripheral manufacturer in the Indian market famous for its low cost speakers and headphones.

The iBall Slide Dazzle i7 is an entry level tablet that runs on Android and features cellular connectivity options.

Design and build quality..

What more to expect from a sub Rs.5,000 tablet than a plastic construction body is still a mystery for us.

However, the design doesn’t look too much dull or unpleasant for the normal eyes.

The volume rockers and power button is clicky and responsive. The textured back plate offers a nice in hand feel while holding this tablet in hand.

Same old HD display..

The iBall Slide Dazzle i7 features the same 7-inch HD display that we have been familiarised with most of the competitors on this list.

We wish iBall could have included at least an IPS panel for the price, but hey when budget is your number one priority, you will have to cut some corners for sure.

Processor and the supporting OS..

Inside this budget tablet is an ARM Quad core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

With the 1GB RAM assisting the processor, normal use case scenarios such as web browsing and watching media can be carried out with ease.

With 16GB of internal storage as standard, issue of memory scarcity while installing apps from the Google Play Store won’t be an issue, at least for a short term.

This tablet comes with Android 7.0 Nougat OS which is much more optimized and efficient than its predecessor Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Camera and connectivity..

Camera situation is a bit disappointing with this tablet. On the rear, there’s a 2MP camera and up front, a 0.3 VGA camera is present.

Even under excellent lighting conditions the pictures look grainy.

This tablet features dual sim support and can make voice calls as well as support 3G internet connectivity from both the SIM cards.

The 2800 mAh Li-ion battery inside will keep this budget android tablet charged for a day in moderate usage.

If you’re a heavy user, expect having to charge this device, every 7-8 hours or so.

Good or bad – the conclusion

The iBall Slide Dazzle comes with double the amount of internal storage and a comparatively modern Android OS out of the box.

Barring its average battery life, we think that the iBall Slide Dazzle i7 is a capable performer that perfectly fits the bill for average users.

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Android 7.0 OS
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16GB internal storage
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Decent display
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Average battery life
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No 4G VoLTE

 Specifications

Processor1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB Up to 32 GB
Camera2 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
Display7.0 inch HD
SIM Support  Dual SIM
Battery2800 mAh

3. Alcatel 1T7

Best tablets under Rs. 5000-Android Go Tablet
Android Go Tablet
  • Android 8.1 Go edition OS
  • Decent battery life
  • Built-in Google Play protection

The Alcatel 1T7 is one of the first Android Go edition tablet launched in the Indian market.

This budget Android tablet, seemingly underpowered for its price, in reality, is capable of delivering a surprisingly smooth and snappy performance within its limitations, thanks to Android Go OS.

Design and build quality

The Alcatel 1T7 Android tablet has a plastic construction that isn’t anything worth mentioning about.

This budget Android tablet has a 3D-textured back that enhances the grip in hand.

Being a comparatively lightweight and compact tablet, the Alcatel 1T7 can be easily carried with you during your daily commute.

The camera on the back is placed towards the sides and it lacks a flash to spice up low light photography.

Display

The Alcatel 1T7 has a 7.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Certainly not the greatest, this display offers decent brightness and colour accuracy for its asking price.

Alcatel has added features such as an eye-care mode to this display which will filter blue light to reduce eye fatigue.

With support for watching videos up to full HD resolution, this tablet is ideal for media consumption under an enticing budget.

Processor and Performance

The Alcatel 1T7 is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

Capable of handling daily causal tasks with relative ease, this tablet will make sure your productivity never dips even when you are on the move.

This tablet has a 1GB of RAM coupled with 8GB of internal storage. This might seem a bit uninspiring but what makes this tablet perform better than most of the competitors in the market is the presence of Android Go OS.

Camera

The camera is never a strong selling point of budget tablets. Same is the case with this tablet as well.

The Alcatel 1T7 has a 5MP rear camera that can record videos with a maximum resolution of 720p at 30fps. At the front, there is a 2MP camera for video calls as well.

Android Go

Android Go operating system was developed by Google for improving performance on devices with less powerful internal hardware.

The Go operating system comes with its own set of optimized apps that have a smaller memory footprint and performance benefits.

This tablet runs on the latest Android 8.1 Go edition operating system and performs greatly even with its limited RAM and storage options.

Connectivity

The Alcatel 1T7 is a Wi-Fi only tablet and has no cellular connectivity to use it with a SIM card.

This device features the Bluetooth v4.2 for low power wireless connectivity with external accessories such as wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

Battery

This budget Android tablet has a 2850mAh Li-Po battery inside that powers its internals.

Given the underpowered processor and the display with low resolution, this tablet will easily last for a day worth of moderate usage.

Verdict

If you are the one who doesn’t bother about the specs and need a budget tablet that performs well, the Alcatel 1T7 is a great choice.

The Android Go operating system ensures security and system stability without compromising on the overall performance.

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Lightweight and compact

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Textured backplate offers good grip

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Bluetooth v4.2

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No flash for the rear camera

 Specifications

Processor1.3GHz Mediatek MT8321 quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB up to 128 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Display7.0-inch TFT 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportNo
Battery2850mAh

4. Lenovo Tab7 7304F

Best tablets under Rs. 5000
Best Wi-Fi Only Tablet
  • No cellular connectivity
  • Appealing design
  •  Runs on comparatively recent software
Lenovo is a Chinese brand that has been popular in the Indian market as well as globally with products that impressed many. After the acquisition of Motorola, the clout further increased.

Lenovo Tab7 is an Android-powered Wi-Fi only tablet that the company has released in India.

Refreshing design and a pleasing display..

In the sea of outdated tablets, the Tab7 breathes a fresh life with a comparatively new OS version and design aesthetics.

The Tab7 comes with 7-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

This tablet is very compact and lightweight featuring a very slim profile of just 8.8mm.

Technical aspects..

What’s running the show inside is a MediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

This device comes with 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 128Gb via SD card.

Atleast and at last, Android 7.0!

As a welcome change, this android tablet from Lenovo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with a slew of new features.

There’s a multi-user mode that can be personalised and accessed individually.

The battery on this device is a 3450mAh Li-ion pack that lasts over a day quite comfortably.

Thanks to the Wi-Fi only connectivity it offers, it takes a lighter toll on the battery than the SIM cards does.

Summary

If you don’t mind the lack of a SIM card, the Lenovo Tab 7 is a decent pick for the price.The brand value and reliability of the brand Lenovo is certainly reassuring for the customers to consider it.

Android Nougat let’s you enjoy many apps in the Play store that otherwise won’t work with the older version of Android OS.

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Good display
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Comparatively newer Android version
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Battery life
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No cellular connectivity options

 Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB up to 128 GB
Camera2 MP rear, 2 MP front
Display7.0 inch HD IPS
SIM SupportNo
Battery3450 mAh

5. Acer One 7

Best tablets under Rs. 5000
Best Branded Pick
  • Best for media consumption
  • Internet connectivity and voice calling enabled
  • 1-year warranty
Odds are pretty high that you might have already known about the brand Acer.

The company has a strong presence in the country, thanks to the popular budget laptops.

The Acer One 7 is an Android tablet from the company aimed at entry level customers looking for a low cost tablet for casual uses.

Design and build quality

The Acer One laptop gives importance to functionality over form factor.

This device is made of hard plastic and the fit and finish seems really unpolished.

The speaker is located on the rear of this device. This will make the sound output to get muffled when placed of an even surface.

The buttons are properly marked and feels quite nice and clicky. There is considerable bezels around the display and overall this tablet feels thick and bulky.

Display

The display on this tablet is a 7-inch HD panel with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

We feel that the touch responsiveness is much better on this tablet when compared to others.

This might be because Acer is quite famous for their homegrown components rather than outsourced materials.

The brightness levels are decent and the colour accuracy is sufficient for the price. Although, due to the low resolution there is a lack of details in the visuals.

Performance

Under the hood, the Acer One 7 is powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT8321 quad-core processor along with 1 GB of RAM.

The limited amount of RAM does poise some threat to the multitasking and you will face some lags and stutters in between.

For casual browsing and media consumption, there isn’t much problem with the device.

The Acer One 7 comes with 8GB memory and is expandable up to 32GB via a micro SD card slot.

Camera

Cameras on budget tablets are there for just the namesake. The Acer One 7 comes with 2MP rear camera for taking occasional pictures.

In the front, there is a 0.3MP camera for video calls. Remember that this camera is useful if any, only in brightly lit environments.

Battery life

The Acer One 7 has a 3450 mAh Li-ion battery inside. This will last for a day of moderate usage comfortably.

If you are using the dual SIM telephony extensively, expect this numbers to drop significantly.

Verdict

If you love to own a branded tablet, Acer One 7 is your best bet under Rs.5000.

This tablet does provide all the features that you expect from an entry level tablet and then some.

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Brand value
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Dual SIM 3G connectivity
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Touch responsiveness
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Weak processor
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Limited RAM

 Specifications

Processor1.5GHz Mediatek MT8321 Quad core
RAM1 GB
Storage8 GB up to 32 GB
Camera2 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
Display7.0 inch HD 1024 x 600 pixels
SIM SupportDual SIM
Battery3450mAh
Our list of the best Android tablets under Rs. 5,000 concludes here.

These models even though can’t be called the best, are great if you’re interested in a tablet with a bigger screen for multimedia consumption or gifting to your kids for gaming.

We hope we have made your decision making easier.

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