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The best large-screen tablets: Expert tested

We went hands-on with the best big screen tablets from Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, and more that offer bigger screens, ample storage, and awesome performance.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer and  Allison Murray, Staff Writer
Reviewed by Kayla Solino
Apple iPad Pro 13-inch (7th generation) | Best large tablet overall
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Apple iPad Pro 13-inch (7th generation)
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE | Best budget large tablet
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Microsoft Surface Pro 9 | Best large tablet for those who want a real computer
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Microsoft Surface Pro X | Best large tablet for those on the go
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra | Best Samsung large tablet
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Lenovo Tab Extreme | Best 2-in-1 large tablet
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Wacom Intuos Pro Large | Best large tablet for drawing
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The best tablets have traditionally been a large-screened alternative to smartphones. But just as the display sizes of phones continue to grow, tablets have seen their screen size increase as well. This is a welcomed trend for those who do a lot of work on a tablet, including students or those who work remotely and want something thin and lightweight but with a large screen. 

Also: The best small tablets you can buy

Tablets are considered "large" if they are 10-15 inches. The larger the screen size means the larger the working area is, which is especially useful if you're using a tablet as a laptop replacement. Not all tablets approach 15 inches, but there's more than enough screen real estate in the tablets available today. 

What is the best large tablet right now?

Through our hands-on testing combined with our researched tablet picks, we did our due diligence to deliver you a list of tablets with wide displays and tip-top performance. Our pick for the best large screen tablet is the 13-inch iPad Pro, but we also included options from Samsung, Microsoft, and more. Read on to find our other large-screen favorites. 

Also: The best cheap tablets

The best large tablets of 2024

Pros & Cons
  • Tandem OLED display gets plenty bright
  • M4 processor is fast, reliable, and for everyone
  • Strongest accessory ecosystem yet
  • iPadOS still feels inconsistent and limited
  • Accessories are expensive but almost mandatory
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Apple's 2024 iPad Pro lineup is by far the most capable and impressive iPad lineup we've seen, making it our best overall pick. It's also the most expensive by a long shot. The design is much slimmer than previous Pro models, and you'll find Apple's powerful M4 processor. This chip consists of a new 10-core GPU, next-generation machine learning accelerators to handle a diverse range of tasks, and ProMotion technology, enabling variable screen refresh rates ranging from 10 to 120Hz.

ZDNET reviews editor, Kerry Wan, spent some time with the 13-inch Apple iPad Pro and was espeically impressed by the new Tandem OLED screen. "In practice, Tandem OLED makes the iPad Pro a phenomenal tablet for visual experiences. I've been able to complete text-heavy and photo-editing work -- which often require adequate viewing angles -- under a New York City sun that thinks it's already summer," Wan wrote in his review. "Watching Netflix and Disney+ on the iPad is straight eye candy; colors pop, and the darker, moodier scenes have a level of shadow detail unseen on older Pro models."

Review: I replaced my MacBook with an M4 iPad Pro and was less bothered than I expected

The Pro also supports the new Apple Pencil Pro, which has range of features including a squeeze gesture for quick tool, color, and other changes, a gyroscope for precise control of pens and brush tools with a simple rotation, and custom haptic feedback that you can feel via a pulse. It also pairs with the newly revamped Magic Keyboard which is thinner and lighter, has a larger trackpad, and a new row of function keys this year make the keyboard case more essential than ever for the full iPad experience. 

Apple iPad Pro tech specs: Display: 13-inch Ultra Retina XDR OLED display with ProMotion | Processor: Apple Silicon M4 | Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB | Biometrics: Face ID | Colors: Silver, space black | Cameras: 12MP wide (4K, ProRes), Landscape 12MP ultra-wide | Weight: 1.23 pounds | Dimensions: 11.09 x 8.48 x 0.24 inches | Connections: USB-C connector with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4 | Battery life: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web

Pros & Cons
  • More affordable than the S8 Plus
  • Expandable storage
  • Good battery life
  • Display could be better
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If you want to spend less on a big tablet, Samsung's "FE" series of devices are designed with Samsung fans in mind. That is, the company takes the best features of its high-end devices, trims some of them down, and releases a more affordable product. 

The Tab S7 FE has a large 12.4-inch display, a snappy processor, as well as multiple storage and memory options. The device, which comes in various colors, also has a 5G version available if you want to use it while on the go. 

Some standout features include face recognition technology, two stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and multi-device connectivity. It also has a great battery life that will last you for at least 12 hours. 

While the display on the S7 FE isn't as nice as the S8 Ultra, Amazon customers say it's still more than suitable for streaming or playing games, and it also comes with an S Pen, adding even more to its affordability. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE tech specs: Display: 12.4-inch, 2560x1600 display | Processor: Qualcomm SM7325 | Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB | Memory: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB | Colors: Black, silver, green, pink | Cameras: 8MP rear, 5MP front camera | Weight: 1.34lb | Dimensions: 7.28 x 11.21 x 0.25 inches | Connections: USB-C | Battery:  12 hours

Pros & Cons
  • 12th Gen Intel processors speed through daily tasks
  • Swappable SSD is lovely
  • 5G support on Arm model
  • Accessories sold separately
  • Possible confusion when shopping between configurations
  • Limited ports
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Microsoft's Surface lineup helped usher in the 2-in-1 detachable computer market, so I'd be remiss if I didn't include it on this list. 97% of Best Buy customers who have purchased this tablet would recommend others buying it, giving it an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5. 

With the Surface Pro 9, you're getting a tablet that runs Windows 11 out of the box, instead of a mobile operating system like Android or iPadOS. That means you're not going to have to worry about finding apps or workarounds for your workflows. 

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 9

ZDNET senior reviews editor, June Wan, went hands-on with the Surface Pro 9, calling it, "the MacBook competitor Windows users have been waiting for," calling out one issue with the tablet. "That keyboard, along with the Surface Slim Pen 2, is sold separately but is quintessential to achieving the optimal Surface Pro experience," Wan wrote. "The Surface line has built quite the reputation with this two-in-one form factor, so my disappointment with Microsoft for not bundling the keyboard at least remains a thing."

If you want to use the Surface Pro 9 as a laptop you'll need to buy a Surface Pro Signature Keyboard. Or, you can opt to get the bundle that includes the keyboard and Microsoft's Slim Pen 2 stylus, but you'll be shelling out $280. 

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 tech specs: Display: 13-inch PixelSense Flow Display | Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 or Microsoft SQ3 | Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB | Biometrics: Windows Hello | Colors: Sapphire, platinum, forest, graphite | Cameras: Rear: 10MP autofocus camera with up to 4K video Front: 1080p full HD video | Weight: 1.95 pounds | Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches | Connections: 2x USB-C (4.0 on Intel model, 3.2 on 5G), Surface Connect and Keyboard ports, nano SIM on 5G model | Battery life: Up to 15.5 hours of typical usage

Pros & Cons
  • Classic Surface design
  • LTE connectivity in a Windows 11 device
  • Runs Windows 11
  • App compatibility remains an issue
  • You will need to splurge on a keyboard and stylus
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I already included the Surface Pro 9 on this list, but the Surface Pro X deserves its own callout. The Pro 9 and Pro X share the same design along with keyboard and stylus support. What makes the Pro X different is that it's powered by Microsoft's SQ1 or SQ2 ARM-based processor. That's the same kind of processor architecture that's used by Apple in its Apple Silicon chips currently found in the iPad Pro and several Macs. 

The benefits of moving to an ARM processor are seen in battery life and, in the case of the Pro X at least, the addition of LTE connectivity. However, there are some downsides. One of which is that apps need to be rebuilt to support ARM processors, instead of the tried and true Intel or AMD processors Microsoft uses in the rest of its Surface products. 

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro X

ZDNET contributor Simon Bisson also used the Surface Pro X and said, "Microsoft has produced an excellent device for mobile workers, with a focus on Office and the web."

Verified customers say that if you want a tablet that has LTE connectivity so that you can work from anywhere, the Pro X is worth considering. 

Microsoft Surface Pro X tech specs: Display:13-inch PixelSense display | Processor: Microsoft SQ 1 or SQ 2 | Storage:128GB SSD | Memory: 8GB LPDDR4x | Cameras: 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video, 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video | Weight: 1.7 pounds | Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 inches | Connections: 2 USB-C, Surface Connect port, Surface Keyboard port, nano SIM | Battery: 15 hours

Pros & Cons
  • Giant and improved display
  • IP68 rating
  • Improved S Pen experience
  • Occasional app crashes
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is by and large (pun intended) the tablet with the biggest display on our list. With a 14.6-inch display, you're sure to have enough room for work and play on the Tab S9 Ultra. Reddit users say that the S9 Ultra with a keyboard case will feel like a laptop, in terms of looks and weight.

Among upgrades to the tablet from last year's model includes an improved Dynamic AMOLED display, an IP68 for water- and dust-resistant capabilities, a better S Pen experience, and more. Included in the box is Samsung's S Pen stylus that can be used for drawing out ideas or writing notes, or you can use it to navigate the tablet's Android 13 interface -- and even write in any text field and have it automatically converted to digital text.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

ZDNET writer Maria Diaz went hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, and said these upgrades "give it a definitive edge over the competition."

"An IP68 rating gives the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra water and dust resistance that neither the iPad nor any premium tablet on the market is certified for," Diaz wrote. "Though I wouldn't recommend testing the limits, the Tab S9 Ultra can resist dust and is not only splash-proof but it will also survive being submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes."

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra tech specs: Display: 14.6-in Dynamic AMOLED, 120Hz  | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy | Storage: 256GB, 512GB, microSD up to 1TB | Memory: 12GB or 16GB | Colors: Graphite or Beige | Cameras: Rear: 13MP main, 8MP ultrawide, Front: 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide | Weight: 1.62lb | Dimensions: 12.85 x 8.21 x 0.21 inches | Connections: USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 | Battery: 11,200mAh 

Pros & Cons
  • iPad Pro competitor
  • Great for work and play
  • Smooth camera quality
  • Just-fine battery life
  • Not the brightest display
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The Lenovo Tab Extreme, according to Diaz, is "built for consumers who want to go from work to leisure without skipping a beat." If you want to enjoy the tech amenities of the iPad Pro but don't have the budget to do so, this tablet is an "outstanding competitor."

Review: The Lenovo Tab Extreme is the iPad Pro competitor we aren't talking enough about 

The tablet might not have as great a battery life as an iPad Pro, but it has a quick charge and should last you over eight hours, Diaz writes in her review.  With 13MP front and rear cameras, you can conduct conference calls with ease, and with video output support through its USB-C port, you can hook up the tablet to a projector or TV and use it as an external monitor.  

"From movie buffs, readers, audiophiles, and professionals, the Lenovo Tab Extreme best suits creatives and executives," Diaz writes. And Reddit agrees, with one user saying, "Overall I like this significantly more than my S9 Ultra. Desktop mode is awesome. The OLED screen and speakers are amazing."

Lenovo Tab Extreme tech specs: Display: 14.5-inch OLED | Processor: ‎MediaTek Dimensity 9000 | Memory: 12GB | Storage: 256GB | Cameras: Rear: 13 MP Auto-focus + 5 MP; Front: 13 MP Fixed-focus | Weight: 1.6 pounds | Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.3 x 0.23 inches | Battery: Over 8 hours

Pros & Cons
  • 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Large surface area
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent stylus
  • Most drawing apps aren't free
  • Not the overall best large tablet
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Wacom is one of the industry leaders when it comes to drawing and graphics tablets. With virtually no lag and 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity in the included battery-free Wacom Pro Pen, the Wacom Intuos Pro is the best drawing tablet on the market for professional artists. Plus, it has an active surface area of 12.24 x 8.50 inches, which gives you plenty of space to create.

The tablet's lightweight design (it weighs 2.86 pounds) makes it easy to use on your desk or lap, and you can customize everything from the tablet's ExpressKeys to the Pro Pen 2's buttons, depending on your favorite shortcuts. Reddit users note that the Pro Pen 2 is better than anything they have experienced in a stylus and that it alone is worth buying the Wacom Intuos Pro for. 

My experience with this tablet was fairly easy and enjoyable (especially for someone who is not a professional artist). The pen makes it easy to fine-tune details and brush strokes in any drawing program you are working on.

Read the review: This Wacom drawing tablet feels like putting pen to paper

Plus, you'll also get free access to drawing-specific apps and services, like Clip Studio Paint Pro for two years, Boris Optics for one year, and Corel Painter Essentials 8 and Corel AfterShot Pro 3 for 90 days. 

Wacom Intuos Pro tech specs: Dimensions: 16.9 x 11.3 x 0.1 inches | Active area: 12.24 x 8.50 inches | Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.12 or later / Windows 7 or later | Pressure levels: 8,192

What is the best large tablet?

The best large tablet is the iPad Pro (2024), thanks to its powerful Apple M4 chip, impressive display, and accessory support.

Large tablet




iPad Pro (7th generation)

Starting at $1,299

13-inch Ultra Retina XDR OLED display

256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE


12.4-inch, 2560x1600 display

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Starting at $1,294

13-inch PixelSense Flow display

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Starting at $899

13-inch PixelSense display


Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

Starting at $1,320

14.6-in Dynamic AMOLED, 120Hz

256GB, 512GB, microSD up to 1TB

Lenovo Tab Extreme


14.5-inch OLED display


Wacom Intuos Pro Large


Active area of 12.24 x 8.50 inches


Which large tablet is right for you?

When trying to decide between one of these big screen tablets, the biggest question to ask yourself is what operating system do you want. Once you figure out if you need a full computer experience or if a mobile-centric operating system is enough, you can narrow it down from there.

If you're stuck deciding between the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X, I'd recommend going with the Pro 8 only because you don't have to worry about app compatibility as you do with the Pro X. 

Choose this large tablet...

If you want...

iPad Pro 7th generation

The best overall option with a vibrant display and exceptional performance. The M4 processor gives you all the power you need for work, content creation, and streaming.

Samsung Galaxy S7 FE

A super affordable tablet with a large display, expandable storage, and good battery life. For under $500, you'll still get premium-grade features like Dolby Atmos support and a 12-hour battery life.

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

A large tablet that can replace the need for a desktop computer with its robust display and strong performance. 

Microsoft Surface Pro X

A large tablet to take with you on the go thanks to the LTE connectivity and lightweight design. With LTE connectivity, you can access the internet when Wi-Fi networks aren't available. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

To stay in the Android ecosystem, have a great battery life, and get an included S Pen. It is even waterproof. 

Lenovo Tab Extreme

A large 2-in-1 tablet perfect for deep work with crisp and smooth cameras. Use this during the workday for conference calls, and, once the work day ends, hook it up to your TV to stream your favorite shows and movies. 

Wacom Intuos Pro Large

A drawing tablet with a large active space for creating. It comes with the Pro Pen 2, which has 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Factors to consider when choosing the best large tablet

Even though there aren't many options for tablets with large displays, we considered a few key points while comparing models:

  • Price: While we can expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for a basic tablet, tablets with large screens and/or premium components and features can cost thousands.
  • Storage: Because having a tablet that you can't actually use is no fun. I chose large-screen tablets that had varying levels of internal storage as well as microSD card expansion slots.
  • Connectivity: While Wi-Fi connectivity is now standard for tablets and other mobile devices, it may also be worth looking at tablets that also support LTE cellular data for when Wi-Fi networks are unavailable. This feature is great for mobile professionals who may not always be able to access traditional internet networks.
  • Weight: Large screens are all fine and dandy, but if the tablet is a pain to carry around, it's not going to get used much. I made sure to choose large-screen tablets that were still on the lightweight side for better portability.

How did we test these large-screen tablets?

When choosing the best large tablets, ZDNET editors considered our own experiences testing and using some of these tablets. We do extensive hands-on testing of tablets, including ease using them for work and entertainment, and paying attention to specs like display, battery life, and overall experience while using the tablet.

For products we have not gone hands-on with, we do in-depth research into different products and brands, taking into consideration user reviews (both good and bad), competitor analysis, and more. 

What are the different tablet sizes?

Tablets range in size from small to large. Small tablets are usually five to seven inches. Mid-size tablets have a screen ranging from nine to 11 inches. Then, there are large tablets with screen sizes from 12-14 inches. 

Keep in mind that the larger the tablet, the heavier it will usually be.

Does the size of a tablet matter?

Yes, the size tablet you choose definitely matters. A tablet's screen size determines its portability, how much you can zoom in and out, and how it feels to hold it and work on it. Bigger doesn't always mean best, but large-screen tablets are handy if you plan on using a tablet as a laptop replacement. 

Do I need a keyboard and stylus for a large-screen tablet?

Neither accessory is a requirement. It all depends on how you plan to use the tablet. If you're going to use it for watching movies, playing games, or reading books, a keyboard isn't required. 

However, if you plan on using it as a weekend replacement for your laptop, or for school, then, yes, you'll need to spend the extra money on one. You can get Bluetooth options online or at electronic stores, and they're perfect traveling companions for when you want to work or play on the go. 

Is there really that big of a difference between Android and iPadOS?

There is a big difference in terms of the quantity and quality of apps that are available for iPadOS over Android. Apple and third-party developers have spent years fine-tuning the experience on the larger display device. 

Google has all but admitted it gave up on making Android tablets, and developers have taken the company's lead. You'll find a lot of apps you can install and use, but ultimately they're nothing more than the phone version of the app, and many just don't work as they should.

Other large tablets we've tested:

Large-screen tablets are easier to find than small tablets, so it just takes some research into the market. Here are a few other large-screen tablets ZDNET has gone hands-on with.

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