Tablets may not replace the portability of smartphones. But its large screen makes it a great device to watch movies, play games, or even do some work at home. Some tablets are even compatible with stylus pens and keyboards that give us room for creativity and productivity. To sum it up, tablets are a perfect blend of smartphone’s portability and laptop’s versatility. With an extensive variety of tablets available in the market, which then is the best tablet in Malaysia? In our Best of Tech series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Tablets in Malaysia, providing quality recommendations to suit your budget and lifestyle. For the ultimate guides, also check out our best mobile phone and cheap laptop recommendations!
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This article was last updated on 3 June 2022
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10 Best Tablets in Malaysia
The most cost-effective graphic tablet for beginners
It is difficult to splurge on a tablet when you are just starting out with digital art. So, fortunately, the XP-Pen Deco mini7 has got everything you need at just an affordable price. This incredibly powerful tablet is unbelievably portable as well, so you can capture inspiration as it strikes you, allowing you to transform it into a creative piece in a breeze.
What’s also great is that it comes with a battery-free stylus that lasts for long hours, allowing you to create endlessly without interruption. The stylus has up to 8,192 pressure sensitivity levels, so you can create various natural-looking lines for the most exquisite artworks. The stylus also supports up to 60 degrees of tilt action, making shading easy and effective.
If you want to try digital note-taking, the XP-Pen Deco mini7 is also your best bet. The working area is around 7.03 X 4.37 inches, so there is plenty of space for you to write on. Moreover,
with good compatibility with Chrome OS, you can collaborate well with teachers and classmates, creating an interactive class atmosphere even in a virtual learning environment. The tablet is also compatible with Windows 7 (or later), Linux (Detailed versions), Mac OS X® 10.10 (and higher) and Android 6.0 (and higher).
On top of that, this graphic tablet also works with major software, including Photoshop®, SAI®, Painter®, Illustrator®, Clip Studio®, GIMP®, Medibang®, Krita®, Fire Alpaca®, and Blender® 3D. Hence, you can create art in whatever app you are most comfortable with. For your utmost convenience, you can customise your tablet’s shortcut keys to tailor your own unique experience.
Why buy this:
- Battery-free stylus that supports 8192 pressure sensitivity and 60° tilt function
- Large working area
- Supports a USB-C to USB-C connection
- With 8 customisable shortcut keys
- Portable and lightweight at only 307 grams
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Best multifunctional drawing tablet for artists
As an artist, you deserve a tablet that will inspire you to create. Multifunctional, multi-sized, and multi-colour, the all-new Artist 12 (2nd gen) is ideal in letting creativity flow. This drawing tablet features an X3-powered stylus that feels like you are writing with an actual pen. It is sharp, stable, precise, and dramatically enhances your sensory experience while creating – you’d never miss a single flow of inspiration as you go.
Moreover, what’s great about this tablet is its full laminated display, providing users with vivid visuals and a natural drawing experience as they create. Brilliant colours and delicate details in your artwork can be clearly seen even in a dark area, making the tablet perfect for artists who prefer to work during the dead of the night.
Customisable to match your personality
We also love how the Artist 12 comes with customisable versatile shortcut keys, allowing you to tailor the tablet to fit what works best in improving your productivity. You may add in your favourite drawing software, though it would probably be hard to choose since the Artist 12 can work seamlessly with various systems and software.
Moreover, the Artist 12 supports connection with USB-C to USB-C cable, which is quite a good upgrade from its older version. It allows for easier connection with other devices, so you no longer need multiple cables for a much tidier workstation. However, please note that you need to purchase the Type C cable separately. Each Artist 12 package comes with a pen display, an X3 elite stylus, an extension cord, a 3-in-1 USB cable, a cleaning cloth, a black drawing glove, a nib extractor, some pen nibs, a warranty card, and a Quick Guide.
Lastly, the Artist 12 is available in four vibrant colours to match your personality. Choose from black, green, blue, and pink, and let your creativity shine.
Why buy this:
- All-new X3 stylus: 60° tilt, 8192 pressure levels, 0.6 mm retraction distance
- 127% sRGB wide colour gamut and fully-laminated display
- Battery-free and lightweight
- Extensive compatibility
- Flexible dual ports
- Available in 4 colours
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Best tablet for most people
The Apple iPad 9th Generation isn’t necessarily the most advanced nor the priciest tablet in this list, but it’s a great value tablet for everyone. Offering a good balance of affordability and performance, this tablet has a large 10.2-inch screen, long battery life, and top-of-the-line tablet software to date. Moreover, the new 12MP front camera is also a great improvement from the 1.2MP of the previous generations, meaning you can now video calls or take selfies with great image quality.
Yes, it uses an old A13 Bionic processor, but it was once a flagship chipset that was used for the iPhone 11 lines, and it’s still a fast powerhouse today. Better yet, you’ll also be happy to know that Apple will keep updating its software for many years to come (including security updates), which is rare in the Android tablet range. Plus, it’s also compatible with an Apple stylus and smart keyboard when you need to be productive.
You can opt for the 64GB model for daily uses like streaming and browsing, but you may need the 128GB model if you plan to download big apps, games, and files.
Why buy this:
- Good balance of price and performance
- Large screen and long battery life
- 12MP front-facing camera
- Fast A13 Bionic processor
An all-rounder Android tablet
If you have more budget for a higher-end tablet, we recommend you consider getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. It’s an all-rounder, premium tablet that you can use for any task, be it professional, creative, gaming, or daily use. What you get is a tablet with a large, vibrant 12.4-inch AMOLED screen, an ultra-wide 12.4MP camera, and a thin, lightweight design with an Armour Aluminium frame that looks sleek and expensive. That’s not to mention it also uses a super-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that can handle any demanding tasks with ease.
Unlike Apple tablets, Tab S8 Plus’ Samsung S Pen is already included in the box, so you don’t have to pay extra money. Furthermore, not only it’s compatible with the keyboard, it also has a Dex Mode that turns the tablet into a PC-like interface you can use for productivity without opening a laptop. While it’s not larger than the Tab S8 Ultra, the screen is enough to get your task done while also still pretty compact for single hand use and easy to carry.
Apart from an excellent design and powerful hardware, you’ll also be glad to know that it has quad Dolby Atmos speakers, a super large 10,090mAh battery with a 45W fast-charging, WIFI 6 and 5G connectivity, and a large 8GB of RAM.
Why buy this:
- Premium choice
- Large 12.4-inch AMOLED display
- Excellent design that looks premium
- Samsung S Pen included
- Dex Mode for PC-like experience
- Super powerful chipset
- Good hardware’s support
A more affordable premium tablet
The iPad Air 5 is great for those who like the prototype of iPad 9th Gen, but want better specs and a more premium-looking design. Its combination of portability and power is just right, with a better 10.9-inch Liquid Retina, longer-lasting battery, and 5G connectivity for the cellular model. In fact, it’s actually much closer to the flagship Apple Pro, thanks to its super-fast M1 chip, which only lacks a face id, smaller screen and a 120Hz refresh rate when compared head to head.
To sum it up, the iPad Air 5 is great for those who don’t have a budget for iPad Pro but still want the best Apple tablets with a more affordable price range.
Why buy this:
- Good balance of power and portability
- Better hardware than the iPad 9th gen
- Fantastic 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display
- Powerful Apple’s M1 chip
- Premium-looking design
- 5G connectivity (for cellular model)
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Good mid-range tablet for productivity
If you’re looking for a tablet for productivity with a limited budget, there’s no better option than Lenovo Tab P11 Plus. Comes at an affordable price for many, this tablet uses MediaTek Helio G90T which is an extraordinarily powerful chipset for a mid-range device. Not only can you open multiple apps with ease (as long as you choose the 6GB RAM model), but it’ll also run most games on the play store.
Other than a good processor, the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus has a Productivity Mode that provide a laptop-like interface (it automatically activates once the tablet is connected to a keyboard). While it’s not meant to replace a laptop, it does still feel like a laptop and can help you get some work done on the couch. In addition, the 11-inch LCD screen has a 2K resolution that is super bright and shows vibrant colours.
The only drawback for us is the lack of a headphone jack, which requires you to buy a separate wireless headset or earbuds. But put that apart, it’s a great tablet that you can bring to work or get some work done when you’re not on your laptop.
Why buy this:
- Mid-range price
- Good for productivity
- Powerful MediaTek Helio G90T
- Productivity Mode for a laptop-like experience
For a new HarmonyOS experience
Since the U.S government’s Google ban on Huawei, the MatePad 11 is the first Huawei tablet that uses the Huawei newly self-developed software HarmonyOS, and it’s better thank you may expect. You’ll notice that the interface looks very friendly as it’s almost similar to Android, and it offers a better RAM efficiency that won’t get slower the longer you use the tablet. While you don’t have direct access to Google Play Store, you basically can still get hundreds of thousands of apps to access on the internet, and even popular ones like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify through direct or third-party download.
The MatePad 11 tablet specs is no less amazing than its new interface. It uses a Snapdragon 865 processor, the best chipset in 2020 that is still more than capable today. Meanwhile, the 6GB of RAM and 128Gb is also more than enough to run daily, gaming, and productivity tasks. What we also love is the large 10.9-inch 2K display, as well as its capability to reach a 120Hz refresh rate. In addition, like other high-end tablets on this list, it’s compatible with Huawei M-Pencil, a smart keyboard, and mouse that you can use for working and get creative.
At the time of writing, there’s a free keyboard included as a bonus for every purchase, so you better check it out now before it’s too late!
Why buy this:
- New HarmonyOS software
- Good RAM efficiency
- Powerful chipset
- Large screen with 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate
- Free keyboard as a bonus at the time of writing
A true laptop replacement tablet
If at-home productivity is so important to you and you’re willing to spend more for the best tablet possible, the Tab S8 Ultra is the one for you. Touted as a laptop replacement, this tablet is equipped with an enormous 14.6-inch OLED display, which is the same size as most laptops today. Furthermore, there’s also a built-in attachment for the keyboard, making typing with this tablet a more enjoyable experience. Our favourite improvement, however, is the new multi-window mode on the DeX Mode that makes it feel like a real laptop.
As if it’s not enough, there are still a plethora of features that make your work-from-anywhere experiences more enjoyable, and easier. From a dual front camera that supports 4K resolution video calls, an auto framing feature that keeps you in the frame even when you’re moving, and a noise reduction system that reproduces your voice as clear as radio broadcasters. Not to mention the Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 chip is super fast and won’t lag even if you multitask a lot.
While it’s definitely a super pricey tablet, it’s still worth paying for its perfect combination of power, size, and versatile functionality.
Why buy this:
- Best of the best for productivity
- Laptop-like experience
- Super large 14.6-inch OLED display
- Designed for remote workers
- Good video call hardware and software support
9. Xiaomi Pad 5
A good mid-range tablet for gaming
If what you’re looking for is a tablet for casual uses like streaming and gaming, look no further than the Xiaomi Pad 5. With a price just around RM1500 (at the time of writing), this tablet offers an enjoyable experience for mobile entertainment with its smooth-running display and chipset. Plus, it looks slim and premium, which is also better than most of the tablets in its price range.
The Xiaomi Pad 5’s 11-inch display is gorgeous, and it has a 2.5K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Combine this with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, and you’ll have a gaming powerhouse that can run games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, Genshin Impact, and Marvel Future Revolutions all in a good resolution with a smooth-running display. That’s not to mention it also has quad Dolby Atmos speakers for more immersive audio and a large 8720mAh that lasts a whole day.
Why buy this:
- Good value for gaming tablet
- Large display with 2.5K resolution
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Quad Dolby Atmos speakers
- 8720mAh battery
Good for students and kids
The Huawei MatePad T10 Tablet is great for those looking for an affordable tablet for studying purpose. It’s a smooth, responsive tablet with a large 9.7-inch screen that is good for taking notes, reading, and browsing. And it has a Dual Windows mode that can be useful to help you study or do some homework. Meanwhile, the TÜV Rheinland certified Eye Comfort and the dark mode option make it an eye-friendly choice for those who often study in the dead of night. As for gaming, it also runs games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, and Asphalt 9 although on a lower resolution.
Aside from that, this tablet is also great for kids. Some built-in apps like Kids Paintings, Kids Corner, and parental control provide your kids with a safe place to enjoy and be creative with technologies.
Why buy this:
- Affordable price
- Good for students and kids
- Large 9.7-inch screen
- Dual windows mode
Which is the best brand for tablets in Malaysia?
Competing for years to be the leader of the industry, Apple and Samsung remain to be the best brands for tablets in Malaysia right now. However, brands like Huawei starts going up in the market, too.
Where to buy a tablet in Malaysia?
You used to only be able to buy a tablet in Malaysia in retail stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Lazada and Shopee are my go-to for tech products. It is also a great place to compare the price of tablets in Malaysia.
We hope that our guide on the 10 Best Tablets in Malaysia will help you to buy the best tablet in Malaysia. Do also read our other buying guides too. Please do share this along with your friends if you have found this useful. Do look forward to more buying guides that we will be releasing soon!
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