Looking for a tablet that supports a SIM card and 4G/5G connectivity? We understand why. Manufacturers often skip on adding a network antenna to bring the production cost down and increase profits. This results in an underwhelming product that people can’t fully utilize when traveling or doing work remotely. Our list mentions devices that carry all the benefits of a smartphone, plus a larger, sharper screen, battery capacity, and other improvements. This provides a great balance – you no longer need to carry your smartphone and laptop. Plus, all of our entries support Wi-Fi, so you’re not making a compromise. Without further ado, here’s a list of best tablets with SIM card.
1. Apple iPad Pro 2nd Gen
This tablet supports one nano-SIM card and one embedded SIM card. It also comes in two screen sizes, 11-inch with a resolution of 1668 x 2388 pixels or 12.9-inch and a resolution of 2048 x 2732 pixels. Both are IPS LCD, offer a brightness of 600 nits, and allow you to choose between 128 GB and 1 TB of internal memory, with no SD card expansion. The tablet also has 3 cameras, two of which are 12 MP and 10 MP, capable of recording in 4K/60 FPS. Finally, the tablet is powered with an Octa-core A12Z Bionic CPU and relies on Li-Po 28.65 Wh (11-inch) or 36.71 Wh (12.9-inch) battery.
2. Galaxy Tab S7
Galaxy Tab S7 comes with one nano-SIM card slot, and even though it also has an 11-inch screen, its resolution is higher – 1600 x 2560 pixels. Additionally, its LTPS IPS LCD not only has a 120 Hz refresh rate, but it also supports HDR10+, which makes for very vivid colors and contrast between them. While on the road, you can rely on its Li-Po 8000 mAh battery combined with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ CPU and Adreno 650 GPU to keep you running. You can pick 3 variants: 6 GB RAM/128 GB ROM and 8 GB RAM with either 256 GB or 512 GB ROM, all of which support microSDXC card expansion.
3. Apple iPad Air 4 (2020)
Want to save money while still getting a nano-SIM and eSIM? Get this one! It has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD with a resolution of 1640 x 2360 pixels, and a brightness of 500 nits. It’s very fast for the price, thanks to its Hexa-core A14 Bionic CPU. The tablet comes in 2 versions, with 64 and 256 GB of storage, so choose wisely, since it cannot be expanded with an SD card. Its main 12 MP camera can record in 4K at 60 fps or 1080p at 240 fps, and even in HDR. Thanks to the Li-Po battery of 28.6 Wh, you’ll also get around 10 hours of video playback.
4. Honor Pad 6
Honor Pad 6 supports a single nano-SIM card and comes with a Li-Po 5100 mAh battery. Don’t fret, it has an IPS LCD 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels, even though it’s far from a flagship. For an affordable mid-range tablet, its Octa-core Kirin 710A gets the job done in combination with 4 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, storage is limited to between 64 GB and 128 GB with no expansion capability. Plus, the main camera, although it supports HDR, is limited to 5 MP and records videos in 1080p and 30 fps.
5. Apple iPad Mini 5
Need to stay in the Apple ecosystem with a tablet for both work and leisure, but don’t want to spend as much to get iPad Air above? Apple iPad Mini 5 also supports one eSIM and one nano-SIM card, but you’re getting a 7.9-inches IPS LCD with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels and 2 cameras, 8 MP and 7 MP, both of which can record in HDR and 1080p with 30 fps. The battery isn’t too far behind – 5124 mAh, which will also last you 10 hours of playing videos. Finally, you’re only getting 3 GB of RAM but can pick between 64GB and 256GB of storage space.
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
If you need similar specs as Tab S7, but at a discounted price, get its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. It has the same resolution, 2560 x 1600 pixels, although a tad smaller, Super-AMOLED 10.5-inch screen. You can only use one nano-SIM card, and the battery life went down to 7040 mAh. However, you’re still getting a powerful Octa-core processor. The dual camera is identical – 13 MP/5 MP capable of recording 4K resolution video in 30 fps. This time, you can only choose between 6 GB RAM/128 GB ROM and 8 GB RAM/256 GB ROM, but you can still expand it using a microSDXC card.
7. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus comes with one nano-SIM card slot and only supports an LTE network, but it’s very inexpensive. You get a 10.3-inch IPS LCD with a brightness of 330 nits and a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels. The main camera with a resolution of 8 MP is limited to recording 1080p video in 30 frames per second. It also beats the competition in this price range with a 7000 mAh battery and 4 GB of RAM (if you choose the 64 GB or 128 GB storage version). Unlike Apple products, you can expand storage via the microSDXC for cheap.
8. Microsoft Surface Go 2
This is a 2-in-1 tablet and a laptop, but we still consider it a tablet. It has a great 10.5-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 1280 x 1920 pixels. Its battery life is up to 10 hours, but most importantly, one of its configurations supports an LTE network. If you select it, the tabled comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (SSD!) memory. Plus, you can increase the latter using a MicroSDXC slot. In the end, you’re getting an 8 MP main camera capable of recording in 1080p, and an 8th generation Intel M3 CPU.
9. Galaxy Tab A7
Galaxy Tab A7 is an inexpensive tablet with one nano-SIM card slot. It has a 10.4-inch IPS LCD screen and a resolution of 1200 x 2000 pixels. When combined with a Li-Po 7040 mAh battery, it will last plenty on one charge. The compromise is with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 8-core CPU, and its 2 cameras, 8 MP/5 MP. Both can only record in 1080p resolution with 30 fps. You also have to pick between 32 GB and 64 GB of storage combined with 3 GB of RAM, although you can expand internal memory if you insert a MicroSDXC card.
10. Alcatel 3T 10
Need an extremely low-priced tablet with SIM card from a reputable brand? This one only supports a single nano-SIM card. However, it has an IPS LCD 10-inch screen with an 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, a quad-core CPU, and a Li-Ion 4080 mAh battery. Judging by those specs alone, it’s good enough for multimedia. It comes in a 16 GB ROM/2 GB RAM version only, but you can easily expand storage using its microSDXC card slot. Its two cameras (2 MP and 2 MP) are pretty outdated but good enough for basic use. You can record 720 videos in 720p resolution with 30 fps.