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 -- so if you're looking for a smaller slate, take a look at these skinny-minis.

Thickness Weight Screen size
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 0.31 inch (7.8mm) 0.82 pound (375g) 8.9 inches (226mm)
Apple iPad Air 2 0.24 inch (6.1mm) 0.96 pound (437g) 9.7 inches (240mm)
Sony Xperia Z4 0.24 inch (6.1mm) 0.87 pound (393g) 10.1 inches (256mm)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 0.22 inch (5.6mm) 0.86 pound (389g) 9.7 inches (240mm)

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

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon's 8.9-inch Fire HDX is the most lightweight tablet on the list and it dons a unique angular design that's easy on the hands and supremely comfortable. The 2014 model houses a zippy processor, super-HD screen and a family-friendly operating system. Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Amazon's vast library of streaming video and tech-challenged users will find value in the instant customer service Mayday button. Read the full review.

No longer the thinnest, the iPad Air 2 faces some tough competition in the Sony Xperia Z2. Sarah Tew/CNET

Apple iPad Air 2

Tablet competition is thick -- or thin, in this instance -- and the new Apple iPad Air 2 fits in at the top of the pack. It's not as light as its name suggests, in fact, it's the heaviest on this list. Yet compared to most tablets, it's still one of the sleekest models available. Apple specially designed a speedy new processor for the 9.7-inch tablet and it also has the Touch ID fingerprint scanner for good measure. Read the full review here.

Thin in size, but not in features. Josh Miller/CNET

Sony Xperia Z4

The Sony Xperia Z4 matches the iPad Air 2 (above) in skinniness, but it beats the Apple tablet with its lightweight build. The 10-inch tablet features a sharp and bright 2K screen, a speedy Qualcomm processor, and it's the only tablet that rocks a waterproof body. Accident-prone shoppers, take note! Read the full Sony Xperia Z4 review.

Samsung's skinniest tablet yet. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Every few months there's a new Thinnest Tablet Ever. For now, that title belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. Also available in an 8-inch size, the Samsungs are both equally as thin, making them the thinnest small and large tablets in the world. The new model sports a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, which is better for reading and surfing the Web, but the Super AMOLED display that stunned us on last year's version manages to make a triumphant return. Read the full review for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

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