Thinnest (and lightest) large tablets

How thin can tablets get? CNET looks at the thinnest large tablets.

Even if you only want your tablet to be powerful and pragmatic, you have to admit that a thin tablet has its advantages. Thin tablets, after all, are sleeker, sexier, and easier to handle. Also, their sleek profiles do not necessarily preclude them from including plenty of useful connections.

By their nature of being so thin, all tablets on this list are also the lightest on the market. I've gone only with large tablets -- 8.9 inches and above -- and to keep things relevant have limited the pool only to 2013 tablets...for now.

Thickness (in inches) Weight (in pounds) Screen size (in inches)
Apple iPad Air 0.29 1 9.7
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 0.29 1 10.1
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 0.31 0.82 8.9
Sony Xperia Z2 0.25 0.97 10.1

Thin, but not the thinnest. Josh Miller/CNET

Apple iPad Air

The Apple iPad Air is the thinnest, lightest full-size iPad yet, with paper-thin bezels that really add to its refined premium look. Its lightweight build and feel makes its moniker an obvious choice, however, Apple will need to get more literal to beat the best slates on this list. Read the full review.


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The 10-inch Galaxy TabPro ships with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 matches the iPad Air in thickness and weight, however the Samsung tablet has the advantage, with its bigger screen and higher resolution. The Tab Pro 10.1's thick bezels and silver trim give it a bulky look, but it still feels lightweight. Read more about the Tab Pro.


The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is remarkably light for its size. Josh Miller/CNET

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

It's amazing just how light the Fire HDX 8.9 feels in my hand. While the iPad Air is indeed light and has a larger screen than the 8.9, Amazon's newest, latest, best tablet is 20 percent lighter than the Air. It also packs in a higher resolution, comparable thinness, dual cameras, and great battery life. Read the full review.


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At only 6.4mm, the Xperia Z2 is incredibly skinny. Andrew Hoyle/CNET
Sony Xperia Z2

Sony continually offers cutting-edge slates that feature super-slim profiles and unique durability. The Xperia Z2 is their latest release, measuring at only 0.25 inch thick and weighing a little under a pound. The swift performing 10.1-inch tablet is also waterproof, like some of Sony's previous releases, but with the new refined design, the Xperia Z2 delivers a new standard for skinny slates. Read the full review.

Read the full CNET Review

Apple iPad Air

The Bottom Line: Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The Bottom Line: With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet. / Read full review

About the author

Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.

 

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