Tablets are really nifty little devices that not only are hugely portable but are able to do a whole host of things from taking photos, gaming, music streaming, and even watching your favorite movies.
Among these functions, one, in particular, seems to be growing in global prominence: its front-facing camera. The onset of certain pandemic trends has caused a surge in online classes, video conferencing, and has accordingly caused a spike in the number of people working from home. It goes without saying then that the main mode of communication save for texting, becomes video calling with the help of your trusty tablet’s front camera.
With the heightened importance of your front camera, it becomes imperative to have one that boasts good photo/video resolution and can deliver on the front of audio.
This is where our list chips in. We fully understand the new revolutionary technology is undergoing due to global trends and believe that tablets are now the way to go.
So, if you find yourself considering getting a tablet, make sure to read our list below to find out our take on some of the hottest options our there right now. Just don’t take too long to hop on this bandwagon!
Best Front-Facing Camera Tablet of 2020
Lenovo Chromebook Duet, 2-in-1, 10.1″
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet makes for a wonderful tablet for those looking for something that functions as both a tablet and laptop, i.e. a 2-in-1. Running on a top-of-the-line MediaTek Helio Processor and boasting up to 4GB of RAM, it truly lives up to this claim.
Things like Final Cut Pro to iMovie to even gaming will run as smooth as silk here. You’ll also find that its 64 GB of memory to be adequate for most tablet needs though you can always opt for additional storage space (e.g. cloud storage) if need be.
Now its display features a fully touchscreen IPS layout across 10.1-inches through a resolution of 1920 x 1200. Certainly, this may not be the best out there per se but it sure is one of the best at least.
You’ll also be able to compliment your uses with the tablet through its compatible digital pen if you envision drawing or sketching or even writing with the tablet though do note that this is a separate buy.
Though it is thin and ultralightweight, you’ll be surprised to note that it can last for up to 10 hours of solid usage. This really is a huge deal considering how it only weighs in at 2.03 lbs with the keyboard attached and at 0.99 lbs without the keyboard. Portability is obviously, taken to the forefront with this device.
Finally, you’ll find its camera more than adequate for any task, professional and casual alike. With a rear camera of 8-megapixels and a front camera of 2-megapixels, whatever you choose to do with the camera will deliver a decent quality image/video from your end.
You’ll still get quality images that’ll more than do the trick for any selfie-taking or video conferencing. Sure, it isn’t as crisp as if you used a standalone camera, but don’t forget this is still a tablet with a laptop first and foremost!
New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB)
Standing as one of the finest tablets in the market, the iPad pro is a constant feature in just about any list for good reason – it delivers on all ends. The iPad Pro is no exception and easily sits as one of the most powerful tablets we’ve seen.
This is made possible due to its A12Z Bionic Chip that’ll run anything with lightning fast speeds from video editing to high-end gaming. Despite this, it still maintains a solid battery life of up to 10 hours and will charge up quickly thanks to its USB type-C connector.
Portability is also a non-issue seeing how it weighs in at just 1.41 lbs. and with its compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards and the Apple Pencil, you truly can do whatever you might want to do on this device just as you would with other, similar products like the Surface Pro and the Lenovo Chromebook.
Its camera also allows users to take eyewatering beautiful and crisp images/videos thanks to its 12MP rear and 7MP front-facing camera.
With it also offers additional features like TrueDepth and with its jaw-dropping liquid retina display across its 12.9-inch screen, using this tablet for its front-end camera will be a reward in its own right for all viewers, both others and you included.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3″ Touch-Screen – 10th
Another great option for those who can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop and might just opt for both where possible is Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7. Sitting as probably one of the more powerful options on our list, a device like this comes fitted from as ‘little’ as 4 GB to as much as 16 GB of RAM.
This coupled with its Intel Core processor (i3, i5, i7, depending on your tastes) means that this functionally, is a whole laptop on its own. Anything from PUBG to Final Cut Pro to running gigantic Excel sheets will be a walk in the park here. But where this deviates from standard laptops is in its screen and detachable keyboard. With a crystal clear 12.3 HD touchscreen display, converting this from laptop to tablet mode couldn’t be simpler – just lower the kickstand and remove the detachable keyboard and you’re set.
Of course, it’s fully compatible with the Surface Pen (a separate purchase) which will enable you to write and draw on the tablet as you would on a physical piece of blank paper.
Now its camera thankfully lives up to the rest of the device. With a 5MP front-facing camera and a 8MP rear facing camera that features an autofocus mode, you’ll be able to take HD photos and capture 1080p resolution videos for hours on end.
So, whether you’re vlogging, attending a lecture, or showing your face for some sort of video conference, the Surface Pro will more than do the trick here and then some.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5″
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in an assortment of colors to choose from including blue, gray, and mountain rose and will offer a just as fine 2-in-1 experience as any other premium product. With its octa-core processor, it might not exactly be on par as say, a laptop, but for a tablet being used primarily for its front camera, it will more than serve.
Across its 10.5-inch HD display, you’ll find a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 that’ll bring out the vibrancy and crispness of any color and image and coupled with its solid audio system, you’ll be in for a treat. It isn’t too heavy as well, sitting at just 1.65 lbs. but where it really shines is in its battery.
Running on some of the best tech out there, you’ll get up to 15 hours of average usage which should be more than enough for an entire day’s worth of activity. Storage should also be a non-issue. With the option to choose between 128 GB and 256 GB variants, we truly think that you’ll be just fine with either. Don’t forget that Cloud storage is also an option if you need it!
When it comes to cameras, you’ll find one on both the rear and front. The rear camera boasts an interesting dual setup with an ultrawide option across its 13-megapixel standard and 8-megapixel ultrawide cameras. Flip it around and you’ll find a solid 8-megapixel front camera that’ll be more than appropriate for any sort of task you might set it to do – selfie or video conferencing or more.
Though one strange thing we’ve noticed and think mentioning is how there is no LED flash functionality here. It isn’t a deal breaker we think, but if you think you might realistically need a feature like this, we suggest you look elsewhere.
Fire 7 tablet (7″ display, 16 GB)
Amazon’s Fire 7 Tablet might not be seen as often in your local tech store but don’t make the mistake of thinking it isn’t a quality product. By far the most affordable tablet on our list, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much this tablet is capable of doing despite its modest price tag!
Humble in size but still packing a solid punch, the tablet comes fitted with a modest 7-inch IPS display across a resolution of 1024 x 600. Sure, this won’t hold a handle to the likes of Samsung or Apple, but don’t forget – the screen’s width is tiny so you probably won’t notice the drop in resolution unless you’re looking for it.
Opening it up will reveal a quad-core processor that clocks in at 1.3 GHz along with a RAM of 1 GB. Let’s be honest – you’re not going to be video editing or doing any heavy gaming here but if you’re just going to be talking selfies and making video calls, the Fire HD will provide. You’ll also find its storage to be adequate for daily needs.
At 16 GB or 32 GB, though this may be a paltry amount to some, don’t forget that this is all expandable to a sizeable 512 GB if you need it. Its battery is also decent as we’ve seen it reach for up to 7 hours on full charge while doing moderately demanding tasks.
Now on its camera, you’ll notice it comes equipped with a 2-megapixel front and rear camera. Sure, you’re not exactly going to be highlighting the finer details of your face or your room with a camera like this but don’t worry too much. Viewers on the other end will still be able to see whatever it is they need to see.
And you’ll even be able to record videos up to 720p in quality which is more than respectable for such a compact tablet.
Best Front Facing Camera Tablet Buying Guide
Battery may be the most important thing in a tablet if you plan on working outside home or far beyond reach of a power point. Using your front camera does tend to sap a tablet’s battery dry quickly as it requires a lot of power to use so if you think you might be applicable to you, consider either bringing along a separate power bank or opting for a tablet with a solid battery life like the iPad.
Generally, cameras with higher megapixels will be fitted to take clearer photos and videos. Now don’t get us wrong, even the most expensive of tablets won’t hold a candle compared to a dedicated DSLR camera or video cam but it’ll still be more than enough even the most professional of settings – office, classroom, and more.
And so long as you stick to our list, we don’t think anyone will be complaining about video quality from your end, but should you choose to deviate elsewhere, ensure that the tablet you pick has at least 2-megapixels (the sweet spot in our opinion).
For any technological device, the general rule of thumb that is often observed is that what you get is what you pay for. By this we mean that cheaper options often come with fewer functions and lower quality hardware than the more expensive counterparts.
For instance, the Fire HD is a pure tablet and isn’t compatible with say, a touch pen or an external keyboard whereas the SurfacePad is the complete opposite. There is no right answer for how much you should pay for a tablet but ensure that you ask yourself what you need from a tablet before purchasing.
If you plan on using your tablet as your main device, storage will be extremely important for you. Therefore, tablets with options like 32 GB or less will absolutely not be enough regardless of what you do. This means you should look for either external storage options (e.g. SD cards and cloud storage) or opt for a model with a larger storage capacity. Likewise, if you only intend to use a tablet for its front camera functions, the exact opposite will apply to you!