The best new tablets coming in 2017

If you're looking to buy a tablet, you might want to put away your money and check out our list of the most exciting new tablets coming later this year.

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We cover all the best new tablets for 2017, including Windows tablets, Android tablets and iPads. Before you buy anything, check out the best tablet deals, too.

If you would rather buy a tablet today, check out our reviews of the best tablets. But it could be worth waiting for one of the new ones here. The latest is the news that LG is about to launch the G Pad X2 8.0 Plus.

New Amazon Fire tablets

In September 2016 we were treated to a new Amazon Fire HD 8 with longer battery life, twice as much storage, and an increased amount of RAM for faster performance. 

The seven-inch tablet has been especially popular as one of the cheapest and yet still decent Android tablets money can buy, and has been a strong seller in the recent Black Friday sales and in the run up to Christmas. 

We'd hoped to see slightly faster performance and more storage, plus a higher screen resolution. But while we could say these fell on deaf ears, the Fire 7 - reviewed - continues to be a wallet-friendly budget tablet (along with the Fire HD 8) that will appeal because of their value.

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We cover all the best new tablets for 2017, including Windows tablets, Android tablets and iPads. Before you buy anything, check out the best tablet deals, too.

If you would rather buy a tablet today, check out our reviews of the best tablets. But it could be worth waiting for one of the new ones here. The latest is the news that LG is about to launch the G Pad X2 8.0 Plus.

New Amazon Fire tablets

In September 2016 we were treated to a new Amazon Fire HD 8 with longer battery life, twice as much storage, and an increased amount of RAM for faster performance. 

The seven-inch tablet has been especially popular as one of the cheapest and yet still decent Android tablets money can buy, and has been a strong seller in the recent Black Friday sales and in the run up to Christmas. 

We'd hoped to see slightly faster performance and more storage, plus a higher screen resolution. But while we could say these fell on deaf ears, the Fire 7 - reviewed - continues to be a wallet-friendly budget tablet (along with the Fire HD 8) that will appeal because of their value.

Best new tablets coming in 2017: Apple iPad mini 5 (iPad Pro 7.9)

We're reasonably confident that Apple will unveil a new iPad at its next event, which should take place in March 2017 - potentially on 30 March. We're getting to the stage now where it will need to announce a new iPad Air 3 (see the previous screen) and also overdue iPad mini 5 (last updated in September 2015), or confirm their death.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there will be three iPad launches in 2017, but unfortunately for the iPad mini none will be compact models. We're still holding out hope for Apple's popular iPad mini, however, although we reckon it's time for a refresh. Based on its previous iPad releases, something tells us the next iPad mini could be an iPad Pro mini.

The iPad mini’s design has stayed fairly constant throughout the generations, so we aren’t expecting any big changes here. We could see a new 7000-series aluminium chassis that is thinner but doesn’t adversely affect battery life - and probably with a new Rose Gold colour option. We’d be most impressed to see Apple make its mini iPad waterproof. The most likely change in the iPad mini 5 is a bump up in performance.

Read more iPad mini 5 rumours here.

Best new tablets coming in 2017: New Google Nexus 7 (2017)

We’ve seen various Android tablets from Google over the years, including the Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Pixel C, but none has proved so popular with consumers as the Nexus 7. Offering unparalleled value and a decent specification, you can still buy the Nexus 7 today.

We were teased with the idea that Google would finally put us out of our misery and unveil an update to its Nexus 7 in 2016, but what we actually saw was a move from Nexus to Pixel with the release of two new phones. Google has not confirmed the death of Nexus, but while we're still hoping for a new Nexus 7 we may instead see a Pixel 7.

Huawei is thought to be the manufacturer of the new Nexus budget tablet, taking over from Asus which made the first- and second-gen Nexus 7 tablets. Inspiration is expected to come from the Pixel C, though, and it’s possible that as with that tablet Google will handle the manufacturing.

Rumoured specifications include a 7in Quad-HD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 4G support and a 3,000mAh battery. The new Nexus 7 could even feature a Force Touch similar to that found in Apple’s iPhones. It has to be said though, that’s an awesome - and slightly unbelieveable - spec for what is expected to remain a budget tablet.

Click here for more Nexus 7 (2017) rumours.

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Best new tablets coming in 2017: Microsoft Surface Pro 5

We hadn't expected to see a new Surface Pro Windows tablet until early 2017 following the launch of Intel's new Kaby Lake Core processors (announced in January at CES 2017) and the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

It was announced in May, and is one of the best Windows tablets money can buy (and it costs a fair amount of money, most starting at around £799).

One of the changes is an upgraded Surface Pen (no longer included in the box). The design otherwise stays mostly the same when compared to the Surface Pro 4.

Click here for more Surface Pro 5 news

Best new tablets coming in 2017: Nokia Android tablet

Nokia recently made its comeback with the Nokia 6 Android phone. But this is not the only Android device the company is planning, and there is talk of a huge 18.4in Android tablet to debut in the coming months.

The rumoured tablet will feature a Quad-HD screen and a Snapdragon 835 processor. Samsung's Galaxy S8 has first dibs on this chip and isn't launching until 29 March, so don't expect the Nokia tablet to arrive until after then. 

Also expect the Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. GFXBench lists a 12Mp camera, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, a Compass and cellular connectivity (single-SIM).

Read more Nokia Android tablet rumours here.

Best new tablets coming in 2017: Samsung Galaxy Book

The Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 tablet that wants to be your laptop. Ring any bells? We’ll try to keep iPad Pro comparisons to a minimum, but perhaps Apple should be worried that Samsung is aggressively rebranding its Tab Pro S line with these 10.6in and 12in devices running Intel Core processors.

The most obvious difference between the two devices is the screen tech. the 10.6in has a TFT Full HD LCD display with a resolution of 1920x1280 while the 12in has a Super AMOLED display with 2160x1440 resolution.

The 2-in-1 devices support and ship with a Pogo keyboard, an accessory that you can use with simple physical contact as opposed to fiddly Bluetooth pairing and no need to charge.

Both models come with Samsung's S Pen stylus and the case come keyboard in the box.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Book.

Also see: Samsung Galaxy Book vs Surface Pro 4

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Best new tablets coming in 2017: New Sony Xperia Tablet

There might be rumours flying around that Sony has killed off its Z-series family of phones and tablets with the introduction of the Xperia X and XA at MWC 2016, but Sony has never officially confirmed this is the case, instead taking the line “never say never”. And its tablet series is long overdue an update, having not been refreshed since the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet - and the compact version is even older, having not been updated since the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Whether it arrives as a Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet, Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet Compact or even Sony Xperia X Tablet, Sony’s new tablet is well overdue. 

Expect the tablet to be a premium model with a circa-£500 price tag if history is anything to go by. This being Sony, you can expect an IP68 waterproof build and a sleek design. Other features might include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a Quad-HD display, 4GB+ of RAM and 32GB+ of storage with microSD support.

Read more Sony Xperia Tablet rumours here.

Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017.

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