PC experience on tablets: Tablets you can buy instead of laptops

Many tablets cannot offer computer-like performance because they use a similar Android interface to smartphones. With Android 12L, multitasking capability has been improved, so you can comfortably use your tablet like a computer. On the other hand, device manufacturers offer desktop mode support for their flagship class tablets. This has greatly improved keyboard support and makes it possible to use more than one application at the same time.

With iPadOS 16, Apple has developed a multitasking solution that is similar to desktop mode on some iPads. This allows you to utilise the iPad’s hardware power with a full desktop experience. The brands that offer the best desktop experience on Android tablets are Samsung and HUAWEI. Regardless of the theme, you can use Windows 11 on certain Xiaomi tablets by unlocking the bootloader.

iPad Air 5th Generation

The fifth generation of the iPad Air is equipped with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD with 1640×2360 pixels. The Apple M1 chipset, which Apple has been using in its laptops and desktop computers since 2020, is also available in this iPad model. This extremely powerful chipset for a tablet is ideal for multitasking and you can use multiple applications without losing speed. The fifth generation iPad Air is equipped with 8 GB RAM and has 64/256 GB storage options. It also supports USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2, so you can connect your tablet to your monitor and use it like a desktop computer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

The standard model of the Tab S8 series, which Samsung launched in 2022, is equipped with an 11-inch 1600 x 2560 pixel TFT screen that supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz. On the chipset side, it is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and has three different RAM/storage options: 8/128, 8/256 and 12/256 GB. The tablet, which shipped with Android 12-based OneUI 4, has received the Android 14-based OneUI 6 update. You can feel the desktop experience with DeX mode by purchasing a keyboard case and a mouse for your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.

Huawei MatePad Pro (2022)

The Matepad Pro 11, which HUAWEI announced in August 2022, is available in two variants: 4G/WiFi and WiFi only. HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 2022, which has an 11-inch 2560×1600 120Hz OLED screen, runs HarmonyOS 3.0 based on Android 12 and has a desktop mode, similar to its competitors. HUAWEI MatePad Pro 11 2022 comes with 8/128, 8/256 and 12/512GB RAM/storage options. The 4G-supported version is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, while the WiFi-only version is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. The 2022 version of the MatePad Pro has a battery with a capacity of 8300mAh. The keyboard case and stylus compatible with the MatePad Pro 11 are available on the official HUAWEI sales page.

Xiaomi Pad 5

Although this tablet, which Xiaomi launched in 2021, is older and has a lower hardware configuration than the other tablets in this article, it offers a better desktop experience than its competitors. The Pad 5 is equipped with an 11-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1600×2560 and 120 Hz and comes with Android 11. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset, this tablet comes with 6/128 and 6/256 GB RAM/storage options. The Xiaomi Pad 5 has a battery with a capacity of 8720mAh.

It has a PC mode in the MIUI interface, but if you want, you can install Windows 11 on the Xiaomi Pad 5 by unlocking the bootloader. The support of Windows 11 has been added to Xiaomi Pad 5 by third-party developers and it works stable. By installing Windows, you can use your tablet like a laptop and run applications with the “.exe” extension.

Xiaomi Pad 6

Xiaomi Pad 6, Xiaomi’s latest tablet, has an 11-inch screen, similar to its predecessor. The tablet, which supports a refresh rate of 144Hz, has a resolution of 1800×2880 and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Xiaomi Pad 6 comes with MIUI Pad 14, which is based on Android 13. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and has three RAM/storage options: 6/128, 8/128 and 8/256 GB. The Xiaomi Pad 6, which has a similar hardware configuration to its predecessor, has a higher screen quality and a larger battery capacity than its predecessor. Xiaomi’s latest tablet has an 8840 mAH Li-Po battery.


Among the tablets on the list, the 5th generation iPad Air is the tablet with the most powerful hardware. The model with the best performance among the Android tablets is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Other tablet models are just as powerful as the others. Among the tablets, you can choose the one that interests you the most and that best fits your budget in terms of price.

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