5 best gaming tablets to buy in 2023, from Apple to Samsung, ASUS & more

5 best gaming tablets to buy in 2023, from Apple to Samsung, ASUS & more
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


31st Oct 2023 14:22


Playing all of your favourite games on the go has never been easier, and we've got all of the best gaming tablets that you can buy in 2023, regardless of whether you're looking for something from Apple, Samsung, or Asus.

Having the hardware to run games like Fortnite, PUBG, and other high-profile titles on a portable device would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago, yet there are a plethora of travel-friendly devices that you can pick up that will do more than you might think.

You don't have to always drop a lot of money to get a great experience either, as there are some fantastic budget and mid-range options to suit your gaming needs too - letting anyone catch up with their favourite titles anytime (and anywhere).

How we chose the best gaming tablets in 2023

Image of the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+
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Samsung | Apple

While portable gaming is in a fantastic place right now with the Nintendo Switch having some fantastic titles and Steam Deck also being home to many more, tablets give a far greater level of functionality - and you could argue that they are more travel-friendly too.

The main features that we look for when picking our top tablets are their performance in the most popular games, screen quality, resolution, refresh rate, and battery life

There's little point in a gaming tablet that cannot run your favourite games, and you're going to want them to look as good as possible, with battery life also being essential to keep you playing for longer.

What is the best budget gaming tablet in 2023?

Image of the Oukitel RT6, which is one of the best gaming tablets in 2023
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OUKITEL RT6 details:

  • Price: $379.99
  • Key features:
    • 10.1" screen
    • 20,000 mAh battery
    • Rugged design

Our pick for the best budget gaming tablet in 2023 is definitely the OUKITEL RT6, which provides a fantastic gaming experience and excellent portability, all for just $379.99.

In terms of the hardware, the RT6 comes packed with 14GB of RAM, an eight-core MediaTek MT8788 processor, a 10.1-inch full HD display, and an excellent 20,000 mAh battery for those long gaming sessions.

Perhaps the standout feature of the OUKITEL RT6, however, is its durable construction and design - letting you take it anywhere without fear of wrecking it. It has IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810G certifications, making it resistant to water, dust, and drops. Furthermore, it also has a built-in stand that can double up as a strap, making this easy to set up or carry anywhere.

Best hybrid gaming tablet

Image of the ASUS ROG Flow Z13 gaming tablet
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ASUS ROG Flow Z13 details:

  • Price: $1749.99
  • Key features:
    • Hybrid design with or without a keyboard
    • Laptop level components
    • QHD 165Hz screen

There are few better hybrid options when it comes to gaming tablets than the ASUS ROG Flow Z13, as it offers the perfect flexibility between a tablet and a laptop without sacrificing any gaming performance.

If you're purely looking for the best gaming performance then this is definitely one to check out, as it features an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, and 16GB of DDR5 RAM. This is particularly strong for portable gaming, as you can play more demanding titles on storefronts like Steam, and can take advantage of technology like DLSS to enhance performance even further.

You don't need to worry about a noisy device either, as the Flow Z13 features ROG's Intelligent Cooling, promising 0dB ambient cooling and a maximum of 35dB under full load. This is very impressive for a device that can run a QHD resolution at a 165Hz refresh rate, so it is definitely one to consider.

You can also attach an auxiliary keyboard to turn this into a proto-laptop when desired, but the adaptability afforded can also be clutch in situations where you don't have a lot of space and a keyboard would get in the way. While it is the most expensive device on this list at $1,459, it is more than worth the price considering its components and flexibility.

Best mid-range gaming tablet

Image of the Apple iPad Air, one of the best gaming tablets
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Apple iPad Air (2022) details:

  • Price: $699
  • Key features:
    • Part of the Apple ecosystem
    • Top-of-the-range display
    • Fantastic performance

While it might not be made with gaming at the forefront, the Apple iPad Air (2022) is an excellent choice if you're looking for the best mid-range gaming tablet in 2023. Coming in at $699, you're getting top-level performance, a near-unbeatable display, and fantastic battery life without having to drop a huge amount of money on a high-end option.

Perhaps the biggest selling point here is the 10.9 inch 2360x1640 Liquid Retina display that is well-revered for a reason. Your games will glow on this screen, and colourful titles like Genshin Impact will shine in particular. Furthermore, you won't have this visual quality reduced by low performance either, as the included M1 chip is more than capable of handling the most popular games on the market.

Packing all of this into just 461 grams makes this perfect for anyone who likes to play on the go too, as it will not weigh you down on your travels and is so easy to just pick up and use whenever.

Best Samsung gaming tablet

Image of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+ tablet
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Image via Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 details:

  • Price: $999.99
  • Key features:
    • AMOLED screen
    • Included S Pen
    • Powerful processor

If you want to stay within the Samsung ecosystem to pair with your phone, watch, or buds, then there's no better choice than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9. Coming in at $999.99, you're getting a top-of-the-range device capable of handling the most popular games out there without a hitch - and all on a stunning 11-inch AMOLED display.

At the core is the superfast Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which provides the power that can sustain the most demanding games like Call of Duty and Apex Legends. The device is also very ergonomic, making it feel super comfortable when playing (which is a rather underrated feature).

You can even add an attachable keyboard to the device to turn it into a laptop if the game suits that best, giving a fantastic level of flexibility so you never feel like you've not got the right tools for the job. All of these features combine to make the S9+ a strong contender for the best gaming tablet that you can buy in 2023.

What is the best gaming tablet in 2023?

Image of the best gaming tablet in 2023, the Apple iPad Pro
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Image via Apple

Apple iPad Pro (6th Gen) details:

  • Price: $1,149
  • Key features:
    • Insane performance
    • Unbeatable 12.9" display
    • Beautiful design

Our pick for the best gaming tablet on the market this year is none other than the Apple iPad Pro (6th Gen), which comes in at $1,149 and more than justifies its price point.

Compared to the iPad Air that we discussed earlier, the iPad Pro features not only a larger display at 12.9 inches, Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR) to make those colours pop even more, and the all-important M2 chip which will give you even more performance, so you have nothing to worry about here.

The resolution of the display is also upgraded to 2732x2048 pixels, but the performance from the improved chip still handles games with ease, making gaming feel smoother than ever while looking great.

If you're looking for the best overall tablet gaming experience, you really can't get much better than the iPad Pro right now, as no device provides a more enjoyable gaming experience in our eyes.


Make sure to also check out our hardware homepage for more guides. Alternatively, check out the best budget mechanical keyboards

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Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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