Selecting five tablets not made in China is not an easy task. With the recent trade war between China and the USA and allegations of mass spying, getting a Chinese-made product seems to be a gamble for the average user. And let’s face it – The Chinese market offered cheap products that almost did the same thing, at a quarter of the price. And that is enticing to any buyer. But this doesn’t mean that potential buyers want to share personal information with the CCP or Chinese Intelligence. At least, according to international allegations that China is spying on all users using tech that it sells worldwide.
Now, it’s not our place to talk about what the big boys are doing in the international courtyard. But, if push comes to shove, we will want to trade all our Chinese-made products for new ones. And that includes tablets. So we looked high and low and selected, in no particular order, five tablets not made in China.
In all honesty, the pool of choice is slim. To cut costs and maintain a competitive price range, companies move manufacturing to China, and with this opened themself up to international discourse. Only a few of them opted to stay home, so to speak, and assemble products in their homeland. Japan, India, South Korea, and the USA are seen as trusted players in the tech market, and we will focus on products created in these countries in this article. They showed diligence when handling user data, putting the client before Government-Bussines relationships. With this introduction, here are five tablets not made in China!
LG G Pad 5 10.1
LG is one of the OG’s of the tablet market, manufacturing tablets since the early beginning. The fifth iteration of the G Pad offers a good balance of price and specs, with rounded corners, broad bezels, a 10.1-inch screen, and a 1200p screen. You will get the 2016-era Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, a 5MP front camera, 4GB of RAM, 32 Storage, upgradable to 256 GB on the SD slot, and a Battery Capacity of 8200mAh. Not the best tablet out there, but if you need just an Android that works just fine, the G Pad 5 is an upright choice for under 300 US dollars.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Samsung can be considered a veteran in the world of Android tablets. The South Korean company made a brand out of the Tab series of tablets. With care, by listening closely to customers and adhering to market design trends, Samsung is one of the leaders in this segment.
The Galaxy Tab S7 is positioned as an Android tablet for power users. It comes with an LTPS IPS LCD, 120Hz, HDR10+ at a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, and runs Android 10. Powered by and Snapdragon 865+ and 6 or 8 GB of RAM, the Tab S7 is perhaps one of the best Android tablets you can buy at the moment. This Android-ready device is one of the best-looking tablets on the market, with thin bezels and slimmed-down shape, all-metal build, S-Pen out of the box, and accessories-friendly.
The only downside is that you don’t get an OLED screen, just a Quad HD HDR10+ LCD that, in all honesty, looks amazing. You can’t go wrong with this model if you are looking to be productive on the go, and you don’t want a cumbersome laptop, and just want to travel light.
XPERIA Z4 TABLET
When it comes to Android tablets, Sony can be a hit or miss situation. Some of the Sony tablets are not impressive, are not good looking, but they do have some design esthetic to them to differentiate from the rest of the pack. This is not the case for the Xperia X4. Sony opted to keep the big bezels, and design branding of the Z2, but upgrade the specs under the hood of the Z4.
If you squint really hard, you can see the Z2 under all design choices, but this doesn’t mean that the Z4 is not a Sony product. If you want reliable and build like a tank, then this is one of the best options out there, not made in China. With a 10.1-inch, 2560×1600 pixels IPS LCD, upgradable to Android 7, a Snapdragon 810, and 3GB of RAM, the Z4 can be a very good choice if you are looking for a media tablet to use around the house. The price is a bit spicy, but on the other hand, you get that Japanese reliability that we all know and trust.
Fujitsu Stylistic Line
Not all tablet users are created equal. There is a particular segment that wants more horsepower under the hood but needs the form factor of a tablet. The Fujitsu Stylistic line, powered by Microsoft Windows, is the best option for a power tablet for this audience. In essence, the Stylistic line is a laptop without a keyboard, with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and an Intel i5 or i7 option, depending on the processor choice the client makes.
The Fujitsu Tablet STYLISTIC line represents a is a highly durable and secure 2–in-1 detachable tablet system that meets the demands of mobile professionals. Its 13.3-inch FHD anti-glare display with pen and touch support and 8th gen Core i7 ensures excellent performance and processing power. Lightweight design, all-day battery runtime, state-of-the-art security features, and robust housings: These features make the Stylistic line competitive in the tablet market. Also, with the right accessories, you can replace your laptop if you don’t have some heavy-duty workloads.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G
Closing this countdown is the ‘can’t go wrong with it’ Android tablet for all. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G can be considered the Nokia 3310 of the tablet world. Affordable, reliable, you can play games on it, and it does all the stuff that other competitors do – And more. Samsung made sure to make the Tab S6 5G a competitor for any Android tablet made in 2020.
Released early in 2020, this almost 15 oz, 10.1-inch, 1600 x 2560 pixels, Super AMOLED, 128GB, 6GB RAM tablet has more than you need for any task you may undertake on an Android OS. The image is amazing, the sound is spot on, the user experience is tailored to the user, and you get access to all the accessories that Samsung has made for this tablet. It can be an ideal laptop replacement or travel buddy for those of you who travel by vehicle.
This ultra-slim 2-in-1 performs like a laptop with the mobility of a tablet. With this factored in, the user can get more done as they switch seamlessly through tasks. And the fact that it comes with an S Pen, let’s the user work, create, and enjoy the tablet in more ways than one.
These are our recommendations. Did we miss something? Tell us in the comments below what tablet not made in China would you buy and why. We are curious to hear from you, as the next article in this series will be about Smart TVs that are not made in China.