Which tablet to choose for gaming? 5 of the top models in the segment of premium-class

A few years ago, personal computers and the console was the only way to play many online games, shooters, arcade, RPG, simulation. Mobile devices and tablets mainly meant the ability to run very simple games that exist in order to kill time. Now, however, the huge popularity began to gain mobile eSports, and smartphones and tablets have become very convenient for different games.

this is Especially true of tablets, which have quite large screens and technical specifications. Such devices satisfy the needs of hardcore gamers, ordinary gamers and make the gameplay fun and convenient. typically, these mobile devices belong to the premium class, it is considered that they are assembled from quality components, have good optimization, performance and in addition «sky-high» price.

Quote: "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things". Author: Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

This aphorism for someone will seem strange, but it has more truth than it may seem at first glance. I agree completely with the Baron and do not buy digital products from manufacturers third tier. the Price is forgotten, quality remains.

What is our life? Game! still are very popular among gamers tablets Razer Edge Pro and NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1. Despite their age they are quite productive and can give odds to many modern counterparts.

NaimenovanieNVIDIA SHIELD K1Razer Edge Pro
DisplayIPS, 8 inch, Full HD (1920×1200), 283 ppiIPS, 10.1 inch, HD (1366×768)
the Processor {} SettingsNvidia Tegra K1 with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHzIntel Core i7-3517U clocked at 1.9 GHz / Turbo 3.0 GHz
GraphicsnVidia Kepler with 192 CUDA cores, 950 MHzIntel HD Graphics 4000 (nVidia GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology))
memory2 GB8GB
Built-in memory16 GB + microSD (up to 128GB)128/256 GB SSD (SATA-III)
Wireless technologyWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASSWi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n + BT4
Mali T860MP2Front: 5 MP (HDR). Rear: 5 MP (HDR)Front: 2 MP.
Operating system5.1.1 Android Lollipop OSWindows 8

However, we have not included them in the TOP 5 and in our opinion rightly so.

  • The Razer Edge Pro with a diagonal of the screen in 10.1 inches has a resolution 1366 x 768 (HD) which, in our opinion, is not enough today.
  • NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 on the contrary has a good resolution of 1920 x 1200(Full HD), but the diagonal and memory would like more. Running Android 5.1.1, but the update is available.

And nothing, but now they are officially withdrawn from sale, replaced by more modern models. But if any of these tablets you are interested, you can buy it on the secondary market.

as we see gaming tablet today?

Obviously, for gaming tablet perfectly fits the expression: "bigger is better" in the context of operational, internal memory and other components in terms of performance. But we need to define the minimum technical characteristics and use as the basis for this impromptu threshold from which we could draw on. Typically, a mobile device graphics processor integrated into the chipset and therefore he declared conditionally (not listed). In our opinion, a gaming tablet should have a minimum of:

  1. Display size: 10 inches.
  2. Resolution: at least Full HD (1920 x 1080).
  3. Type of matrix: IPS, AMOLED or Super AMOLED.
  4. the Processor {} Settings: топ уровня (многоядерный).
  5. Оперативная / Built-in memory: 198 g  / от 6198 g.

I mean, this is the minimum requirement for gaming tablet and other things being equal they may vary. Of course, we took as starting point the basic settings that are always on everyone's lips. We decided not to focus on the camera, because we believe that to take photo/video with a tablet is bad form. In the flagship models, there is a good solution but hardly anyone uses them in full on a tablet. To sit in Skype or send a document for work, it is self-evident. From all variety of flagship tablets, we stopped their attention on the:

  1. Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus.
  2. Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8.
  3. Surface Pro (2017).
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
  5. iPad Pro 10.5.

Almost every famous brand, there are decent models of the premium and therefore make the selection of tablets for gaming were not so easy. All models located on the basis of the evaluation according to several criteria, where performance, screen performance and battery life the priority, unlike the prices. You still remember the words of the Baron? the last place is the top model of the premium segment, and first divided the starting representatives of the same level.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus.

One of the most inexpensive tablets premium "heart" of which is the popular 8-core Snapdragon processor 625 is made on the 14th process technology. It consists of Cortex A53, which are not distinguished by great power, but he has no predisposition to overheating. In the test AnTuTu it shows 60-65 thousand points. Test GeekBench 4 chipset in single-core mode shows almost 800 points in multi-core gives almost 3000 points.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Display10.1 inch 1920×1200, 224 PPI
the Processor {} SettingsQualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 (8 cores ARM Cortex-A53), 2 GHz
Graphics506 Adreno
memory198 g, 933 МГц LPDDR3
Built-in memory6198 g (поддержка карт памяти microSD до 128GB)
Wireless technology2-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G / 4G (LTE), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS
Mali T860MP2Front: 5 MP. Rear: 8 MP
Operating systemAndroid 7.1 (Nougat)
InterfacesUSB Type-S (Qualcomm quick Charge 3.0), 3.5 mm Jack to connect. headset
Lenovo ZUK Z2.Proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, fingerprint scanner, Hall sensor
The battery lifeCapacity: 7000 mAh battery (claimed up to 20 hours)
Dimensions / Weight475 g / 247 mm × 173 mm × 7 mm

The graph, it shows about 12-15 thousand — a good result. These figures indicate that "stone" is quite suitable for demanding games. Many demanding games go for high graphics settings and only in the most "heavy" games, you may need to switch to medium quality.

Tablet will pull PUBG Mobile, Need for Speed, SHADOWGUN, Asphalt Xtreme and Real Racing 3, and some guys stream it World of Tanks: Blitz.&For graphics processing meets 506 Adreno (96 compute units) with a peak performance of 130 GFlops and operating at frequency 650 MHz. It supports Vulcan 1.0 API, OpenGL 3.1 and DirectX 11.2.

С таким чипом, оперативной памятью в 198 g и постоянным хранилищем объёмом в 6198 g — этот девайс подойдет для большинства рядовых геймеров. Есть поддержка SIM-карт и стандартов связи 3G/4G LTE, но при этом устройство немного связывает руки без полноценной поддержки мобильной связи между абонентами. Для этих целей придется использовать WhatsApp.

The tablet is running Android 7.1 (Nougat) with GUI from the manufacturer. Easy and beautiful launcher includes Home Assistant voice assistant, Alexa, business mode for multitasking and a kids mode with parental control. It's no wonder marketers considers this model to the premium class and position it as a family.

The strong point of the tablet is the display with a resolution of 1920×1200 points. The basis of the screen is IPS matrix with a wide range of brightness and wide viewing angles, good color high-quality calibrated image. Considering Dolby Atmos (surround sound), high performance, good functionality and battery life — the model falls into the TOP 5 gaming tablets and remains on the first rung.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro.

The categorical model can become an entertainment and work tool. Responsible for the performance 8-core processor Hisilicon Kirin SoC 960 is developed by the company. This decision is the latest generation architecture of big.LITTLE which contains the four productive core Cortex-A73 and four energy efficient Cortex-A53.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8
DisplayIPS, 10.8 inch, 2560×1600, 280 PPI (stylus support)
the Processor {} SettingsHiSilicon Kirin 960s (8 cores) 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
GraphicsARM Mali-G71 MP8, 1037 MHz
memory198 g, 1866 МГц LPDDR4 (двухканальная)
Built-in memory6198 g / 128GB (поддержка карт памяти microSD до 256 ГБ)
Wireless technology2-band Wi-Fi 802.11  a/b/g/n/ac (Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, (3G / 4G LTE optional)
Mali T860MP2Front: 8 MP, 4160×3120 pixels. Rear: 13 MP, 3840×2160 pixels (4K)
Operating system8.0 Android (Oreo)
InterfacesUSB Type-C (fast charging technology Huawei Power Up)
Lenovo ZUK Z2.Proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, compass, fingerprint scanner
The battery lifeCapacity: 7500 mAh battery (claimed up to 10 hours 30 min mixed-use/ standby up to 900 hours / talktime up to 30 hours)
Dimensions / Weight498 g / 259 mm × 172 mm × 7 mm

В тандеме работает графический сопроцессор Mali-G71 MP8, а дополняет «картину» область временного хранения данных на 198 g и область постоянной памяти на 64 / 128GB. Такой арсенал легко воспроизводит видео сверхвысокой чёткости 2K и запускает современные игры на самых высоких настройках. Без тротлинга и сильного нагрева на планшете без проблем идёт Spider-Man, World of Tanks: Blitz с частотой 60 fps, а Injustice 2 стабильные 30 fps.

Display защищен закаленным 2.5D стеклом с high quality oleophobic coating. Wide viewing angles, saturated color reproduction and wide range of brightness, provide an opportunity to work and play under any conditions. IPS matrix is able to transfer more than 16 million hues and the color black is perceived as black.

included with the device is brand pen Mate Pen 2 recognize 4096 degrees of depression. To draw, paint, edit texts and making notes is very convenient. Available software for handwritten notes and mathematical calculations. Installing the tablet SIM card you can make calls and send messages via a branded app.

the Sound is very loud and clean with deep bass and support Hi-Res Audio. All this is possible thanks to the four stereo speakers and specialists from Harman Kardon that did a thorough job on the sound. The system of high-tech amplifiers provides surround sound and immersive as in the concert hall. The tablet also has built a dedicated audio chip АК4376 and made a adapter that allowed the creators to abandon the audio Jack opted for the USB Type-C 3.0 (supports not only digital, but also ordinary analog headphones and headsets).

Surface Pro (2017).

The perfect tablet for gamers will be Surface Pro 2017. Model "saw the light" after the release of the Surface Pro 3-rd and 4-th generation and not received in a hierarchy index 5 as previously expected. The Surface Pro line is available in three variations that differ by the collection processor, integrated graphics, RAM and internal memory.

Surface Pro (2017)
DisplayIPS, 12.3 inches, 2736×1824, 267 PPI (stylus support)
the Processor {} SettingsIntel Core M3-6Y30 (0,9 GHz, 2 cores) / Intel Core i5-7300U (2,6-3,5 GHz, 2 cores) / Intel Core i7-7660U (2,5-4 GHz, 4 cores)
Graphicsm3 Core and Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620 / Core i7: Intel Iris Graphics Plus 640
memory198 g, 8GB или 16 ГБ, 1866 МГц LPDDR3
Built-in memorySolid state drive (SSD) 128 GB,  256 GB or 512 GB
Wireless technologyWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Mali T860MP2Front: 5 MP. Rear: 8 MP with auto focus (1080p)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
InterfacesUSB 3.0  x 1, Mini DisplayPort, card reader microSDXC (UHS-I), a standard headphone Jack and microphone
Lenovo ZUK Z2.the light Sensor, the accelerometer, gyroscope
The battery lifeCapacity: 45 W*h (claimed to 13.5 hours of mixed usage)
Dimensions / Weight768 g to 784 g / 292 mm × 201 mm × 8.5 mm

for Example, you can find models in this range with these components on Board:

  • Intel Core M3 / 4 GB RAM / 128 GB SSD / Intel HD graphics 620
  • Intel Core i5 / 4 or 8 GB of RAM / 128 or 256 GB SSD / Intel HD graphics 620
  • Intell Core i7 / 16 GB / 1 TB SSD / Intel Iris Graphics Plus 640

As we focus on gaming tablets, then we would recommend you to pay attention to the last two versions with the processor i5 or i7. Games are not the only problem the Surface Pro, although it can cope not only with mobile games, but with most of the traditional games (eg CS GO) that you used to play on a desktop or laptop. The main thing is that this device is 2 in 1 (hybrid tablet / laptop), which is useful for games and for work.

However, the most important advantage of this device is not even iron, and the uniquely large screen Pixel Sense to 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2736×1824, ten-point multitouch and glossy glass. Many of the games for tablets find a new paint on such a large display.

It is very pleasant to those who play games that require you to open several tabs. Such games may refer Hearthstone or poker tournaments PokerStars, for games that often need to open dozens of tabs.

Together with the tablet, you can use a proprietary keyboard Surface Type Cover from the previous generation or to use a new decision Surface Pro Signature Typ. The makers of processed feather Surface Pen and now smart pen has four times more sensitivity and can identify 4096 levels of pressure. Both of the accessory is not included.

The answer sound dual stereo speakers with support for Dolby Premium Audio. The sound is excellent, clear and loud, without any distortion. The company Microsoft was able to convince many waverers that the Surface Pro in its current execution is the perfect solution to the problem of choosing between tablet and laptop.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

Flagship model with good performance and broad functionality. Despite the fact that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, is last year's solution, it is built on process technology a 10-nanometers, where the total frequency of nuclei in a large cluster is able to issue of 2.45 GHz. The performance of the Snapdragon 835 at the proper level, he can easily handle the most demanding tasks.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
DisplaySuper AMOLED 10.5-inch, 2560×1600, 288 PPI (stylus support)
the Processor {} Settings835 Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8998, Kryo 280, 8 cores (4×of 2.45 GHz and a 4×1.9 GHz ),  Hexagon DSP coprocessor 682
GraphicsQualcomm Adreno 540, 710 MHz
memory198 g, 1866 МГц LPDDR4X (двухканальная)
Built-in memory6198 g / 256 ГБ (поддержка карт памяти microSD до 400 ГБ)
Wireless technology2.4 GHz +5GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11  a/b/g/n/ac (Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, MU-MIMO), 3G/4G(LTE), Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS and GALILEO, BeiDou
Mali T860MP2Front: 8 MP, 4160×3120 pixels. Rear: 13 MP, auto focus, led flash, video recording UHD 4K (3840×2160@30fps)
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
InterfacesUSB Type-C Gen.1 (USB 3.1, USB OTG, fast charging Adaptive Fast Charging), 3.5 mm audio connector
Lenovo ZUK Z2.A sensor proximity sensors and ambient light (RGB), accelerometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, scanner, Hall sensor, the scanner of the iris and face in a vertical position
The battery lifeCapacity: 7300 mAh battery (claimed mode: audio playback  up to 195 hours / video playback up to 16 hours web browsing up to 10 hours)
Dimensions / Weight483 g / 249.3 mm × 164.3 mm × 7.1 mm

In General, the tablet goes to the advantage of the synthetic tests and shows very good results. It will go with any current games for Android, and if any game on this device goes bad, it is the fault of the developers, not the device.

for Example, all of the familiar game PlayerUnknown''s BattleGround and Fortnite are on the tablet smoothly without complaints. And talking about games like Asphalt 9 do not have to. In addition, the tablet can be considered as creative or working tool. Given the presence of S Pen with a tip of 0.7 mm, which  4096 recognize degrees of depression, you can develop your artistic abilities or make quick notes at work.

the Pen understands the angle and the pressing force. In addition, S Pen allows you to make a screenshot and add it to the annotation, highlight and copy the text, translate words c foreign >

In contrast to the previous version (Galaxy Tab S3), this model has a built-in mode DeX (Desktop eXperience) and requires a separate docking station. In this mode simulates the interface of the desktop version of the operating system that allows you to open all apps in separate Windows. To enable DeX on the tablet and display on an external monitor using the HDMI adapter — USB Type-C. the tablet has four speakers with support for Dolby Atmos. Over the sound worked experts of the company AKG — the result is impressive.

to All the Apple haters have to admit that the iPad Pro is 10.5" performance  exceeds Galaxy Tab S4. For comparison here are some figures from synthetic benchmarks.

NaimenovanieSamsung Galaxy Tab S4Apple iPad Pro with 10.5
AnTuTu Benchmark196999 points236317 points
4 Geekbench Single-Core Score1905 points3936 points
4 Geekbench Multi-Core Score6237 points9329 points
Geekbench 4 Compute7965 points27729 points
3DMark. Sling Shot Extreme3433 points3510 points
3DMark, Ice Storm Unlimited39653 points54173 points

Apple iPad Pro with 10.5.

Oh, that's the dream of any gamer's supportive to the products of Apple. Assembled tablet at 10-nanometer process technology and operates at the chip A10X. In a single-chip system integrated 64-bit processor with six cores ARMv8-A  (three productive and three energy-efficient), operating at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. Here is a 12-core graphics module PowerVR Series 7XT.

APPLE IPAD PRO 10.5
DisplayIPS, 10.5 inch, Retina 2224×1668 pixels, 264 PPI
the Processor {} SettingsApple A10X Fusion (6 cores), 2360 MHz
GraphicsPowerVR Series 7XT
memory198 g
Built-in memory64/256/512 GB
Wireless technologyWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO technology), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, optional 3G/4G LTE
Mali T860MP2Front: 7 MP. Rear: 12 MP
Operating systemiOS 11
InterfacesLightning connector, Smart Connector, 3.5-mm mini-jack (headphone)
Lenovo ZUK Z2.a thumbprint Scanner, accelerometer, barometer, three-axis gyroscope, light sensor, Touch ID, True Tone
The battery lifeCapacity: 30.4 W*h (claimed up to 10 hours of mixed usage)
Dimensions / Weight250 x 174 x 6.1 mm / 469 g

According to Apple's statement in the second generation relative to the first (A9X), the performance increase was on 30% more CPU and 40% GPU. Persistent storage is also increased — a new line can take on Board 64, 256, or 512 GB of memory. For devices running iOS there are only two synthetic test Geekbench and Antutu. The results of the two tests confirm a significant advantage in computing power over the iPad Pro release first.

Laminated display with oleophobic coating and technology supports True Tone high dynamic range (HDR). Has a screen refresh rate at 120 HZ, which certainly has a positive effect on the smooth rendering of the animation in the dynamic game scenes.

A high resolution screen does not impact negatively on the performance — all games are on high settings. The applications start fast, the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas World of Tanks: Blitz, Standoff 2, World War Z, and others just fly and does not even hint at what a pause or delay.

Apple Pencil simply calls the WOW effect. The shape, length, thickness, balancing, material — all at the highest level. Very convenient for quick notes, sketches "Mail" and other things. The company Apple is one of the few who pays attention to the quality of the built-in speakers in your portable devices. Four built-in speaker audio is able to replace expensive models from Bose or Beats.  I must say, чтоApple iPad Pro 10.5  is a great device with top performance and the best display on the market.

As a rule, games tablets belong to the segment of premium-class support for various accessories (keyboard, case, stylus). They are very convenient to work, play and have fun, but a deterrent for many people is price.

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