Last year a good number of new tablets came out. With the advancement in technologies under the hood, they are growing from an oversized media player to a powerful tool. We saw the launch of Google Nexus 7 (2013) which is by far the best 7-inch android tablet we have seen. The super sleek iPad air also came out last year. This year we are expecting the market to grow even further and here we list for you the best tablets we expect to see in the market this year.

Google-Nexus-10Google Nexus 10

Google launched the Nexus 5 and the updated Nexus 7 last year. Both the devices are impressive and priced competitively. There was no update to the Nexus 10 however. The current Nexus 10 made by Samsung and has an excellent display with slightly dated hardware by today’s standards. This year we can expect Google to come up with an updated version of the Nexus 10 tablet.

Nexus devices have always been aggressively priced and it would be a safe bet to say that the Nexus 10 would not be an exception. Asus makes the Nexus 7 tablet and it is a hit worldwide. Reports say that this time, Google is going to let Asus make the Nexus 10 instead of Samsung. While there is no word about the hardware, expect it to run on top end hardware. The Nexus 7 (2013) runs a Qualcomm S4 Pro chipset with the processor running at a maximum clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The Nexus 10 would pack in even better hardware as compared to the Nexus 7. Software won’t be an issue as it is a nexus and you would be running the latest android version as soon as it comes out.

Microsoft-Surface-MiniMicrosoft Surface Mini

Microsoft surface is an impressive tablet. In a crowd of android tablets, the Surface stood out with the tiled interface of Windows RT and metro apps. There were also a large number of accessories to add to the functionality of Surface. Even though it was costly, it was a superb tablet, something definitely worth the money spent.

Rumours suggest that they would come up with a smaller version of the Microsoft Surface tablet. It is supposed to have an 8 inch display. Though at 8 inch it would be bigger than the very popular Nexus 7, it would help them bring down costs and reach more audience. There is no word about the hardware yet but we are sure that Microsoft won’t disappoint us. It can also have gesture features for hands free navigation. If they price it competitively, it can definitely create some ripples.

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-3-LiteSamsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Samsung came out with the Galaxy Tab 3 a while back and now they are planning yet another version of the tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab3 is a 7-inch tablet with a display resolution of 1024 x 600. It runs a dual core processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. This Lite version is essentially a stripped down version of the Tab3. It will not make compromises on processing unit but to cut costs, it will have other hardware stripped down. The camera resolution will go down as well. This would be priced competitively to focus on volume of sales.

Samsung SM-P900

Samsung has got a wide range of devices under its Note name as well. There have been Note devices in various sizes and this time they are planning on with a 12 inch display. While the manufacturers have been adhering to display sizes between 7 to 10 inches, Samsung is taking a bold move by bringing in a supersized tablet. They hope to start a new trend in the market. A 12.2-inch tablet is meant to cater to people who need something as a replacement to their laptop.

This move by Samsung might end up badly or it might be the next big thing in the tablet market. We don’t know yet how the consumers would receive it. The hardware is not clear at the moment but this would be a high end device so expect something powerful to run under it. Plus to make good use of the large display area, they would allow for tiled applications and other features which would require lot of processing power. Expect this tablet to be announced soon.

Asus-VivoTab-Note-8Asus VivoTab Note 8

This tablet displayed at the CES earlier this year with various other Asus tablets. While the other tablets were impressive, this one caught our eye because of something new it brings to us. It runs on windows 8.1 and targets professionals and students. It got a Wacom Digitizer Stylus at the bottom of it. It offers over 1000 levels of pressure sensitivity to provide a drawing and writing experience very close to natural.

This tablet would be a great tool for designers, as it would let them do more than other tablets with stylus. You can have all the applications you need as it runs windows 8.1. If this product is a success, we might see more of such products in the market and this would start a trend of tablets targeted at specific consumers. There is no official word about its pricing or availability yet but expect it to come out before this year-ends.

The tablet market is supposed to grow even more this year. Manufacturers have some new tricks up their sleeve and we can expect them to flaunt those in the devices they come up with. As the competition gets fierce, we will see a fierce war of technology. Some new players have joined the game while the established brands are trying hard to retain their spot. There are many other devices coming out this year and we will keep you posted about the ones you should keep an eye on.