The best tablets for video editing in 2023

iPad Pro
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The best tablets for video editing are so much better than they used to be. Once, the idea of video editing on a tablet might have seemed like a pipe dream; now, with the raw computing power that most mainstream tablets contain, they're basically slimmed-down laptops. This, plus the ever-better quality of tablet screens, makes them a fantastic choice for video editing.

If you're constantly on the go, having a slim, carry-everywhere device that's capable of video editing feels like it's surely a no-brainer. Whether you work with Apple, Windows or Android devices, it's easy to slot a tablet into your workflow, and the apps and software are getting better all the time. You can check out our lists of the best video editing software and best video editing apps to find out exactly what you can do on a tablet. 

So, if you're a busy content creator or just someone who fancies learning a bit of video editing on a tactile, touchscreen device, the best tablets for video editing have got you covered. We've put together this guide to include products at a range of price points and for different operating systems, so whatever your needs and your setup, there should be something here for you.

Don't forget to check out our list of the best drawing tablets if you fancy something that's great for art as well – you'll see a fair amount of crossover between this list and that. If you know you definitely don't want Apple, then see our list of the best iPad alternatives

The best tablets for video editing available now

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Someone holding an iPad Pro over a wooden desk

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The latest and greatest iOS powerhouse

Specifications

Screen size: 12.9-inch
Resolution: 2732 x 2048
CPU: Apple M2 chip
RAM: 8GB / 16GB
Storage: 128GB - 2TB
Weight: 684g
Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4mm

Reasons to buy

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Super-fast performance
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Beautiful design and screen

Reasons to avoid

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Accessories cost extra

If money is not object, there's really no question: the 2022 edition of the iPad Pro 12.9-inch is the best tablet for video editing. With its powerful M2 chip – which Apple claims is 15 percent faster than the previous M1 chip featuring in 2021 iPad Pros – it's more than capable of handling even large 6K video files without issue. Adobe's Premiere Rush app is pretty well-optimised for iPad, DaVinci Resolve is coming to the iPad, and the peak brightness of 1,600 nits and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio is ideal for editing HDR content.

As we noted in our iPad Pro M2 (2022) review, the iPad now has support for ProRes video capture, so you can even use it to film video, if that's your thing. The only real sticking point is the price, which is pretty hefty, and only gets higher when you consider that you'll also need to shell out extra for any accessories you want, like the Apple Pencil or Magic Keyboard. You may want to consider one of the older iPads, some of which are detailed below.

Surface Pro 8 in an office on a white table

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The Windows desktop experience in a tablet

Specifications

Weight: 891g
Dimensions: 287 x 208 x 9.3mm
Screen size: 13-inch
Resolution: 2,880 x 1,920
CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7
RAM: 8GB-32GB
Storage: 128GB - 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Runs all desktop Windows software
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Laptop-like performance

Reasons to avoid

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Battery could be better
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USB-C 

The line between tablet and laptop is pretty blurry these days, especially when it comes to Microsoft's Surface Pro range. If you're already editing on a PC, it's easy to hop to one of the latest Surface Pros, as all your programs and apps will work on it, and it's got enough horsepower to handled high-quality footage with ease. 

This Surface Pro 8 has been super-seeded by the Surface Pro 9, but the 8 remains the cheaper option and we still think it offers a lot to video editors. We found in our Surface Pro 8 review that its performance was blisteringly fast, with it working well with 4K video footage; in terms of battery life, we got around eight hours of use out of it. Like the iPad Pro, it's an expensive proposition for sure. But you really are getting a lot of power for your money, on a device that's easy to stow in a bag and take everywhere with you. Overall, we're happy recommending it to any serious video editors who want to stay in the Windows ecosystem. 

iPad Air 5th Gen on white table

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The best affordable iPad for video editors

Specifications

Screen size: 10.9-inch
Resolution: 2360 x 1640
CPU: Apple M1 chip
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB / 256GB
Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm
Weight: 461g

Reasons to buy

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Great screen
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Powerful processor

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm jack

The iPad Air isn't far behind the iPad Pro these days, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants that Apple quality but doesn't quite want to drop the levels of dollar required for the latest iPad Pro. The computing power here is still pretty impressive, with the top-flight M1 chip that also powers the iPad Pro (2021). It's more than enough for all but the most demanding video editing.

The all-screen design of this fourth-generation iPad really lets you sink into your work, and you can also use the Smart Connectors to add accessories like Apple's Smart Keyboard if you don't fancy working entirely with the touchscreen. The high-resolution display looks great; it's 60Hz, not 120Hz like the iPad Pro range, but it's still a solid choice for editing video. 

Best tablets for video editing

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04. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Still a really decent Android tablet

Specifications

OS: Android 10
Screen size: 12.4-inch
Resolution: 2800 x 1752
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon865 Plus
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128 / 265 GB
Battery: 10,090mAh
Dimensions: 285 x 184.9 x 5.6 mm
Weight: 580g

Reasons to buy

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The most powerful Android tablet
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Superb OLED screen

Reasons to avoid

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Android tablet software can be limited
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Pretty pricey

If Android is your OS of choice, and you’re not bothered about having the most powerful Android tablet there is, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the way to go. The Tab S7 Plus offers a dazzling OLED display with a resolution of 2800 x 1752 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. It's a pleasure to use, even for long periods, and makes for a fantastic way to edit videos. You can hook it up to the Keyboard Cover if you prefer having keys to edit.

On the whole Android apps tend to be less well adapted for tablets, so consider that before making a purchase. Still, there are plenty of options, so by all means play around and see what's out there. For another great Samsung option, see our Samsung Tab S8 Ultra review.

iPad Pro 2021 with Magic Keyboard

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A really excellent iPad for video editing

Specifications

Screen size: 12.9-inch
Resolution: 2732 x 2048
CPU: Apple M1 chip
RAM: 8GB / 16GB
Storage: 128GB - 1TB
Weight: 682g
Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4mm

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous graphics
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Fantastic performance

Reasons to avoid

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Single port limiting

The 2021 iPad Pro is still an excellent iPad. So much so that we debated putting it at the top of the list, and only didn't because it will age faster than the latest version. Apple's M1 chip might not be quite as blisteringly fast as the new M2 chip in the 2022 version, but the 2021 iPad Pro still offers brilliant performance (and frankly, most users won't even notice the difference). The mini LED performance XDR display is ideal for viewing your creations on, and has superb colour accuracy, it's a vibrant when showing lighter colours than it is when displaying deep and dark colours. Overall, this is a great choice for video editors. Read our iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021) review for more details.

Best tablets for photo and video editing: Huawei

06. Huawei MediaPad T5

An affordable basic tablet for video editing

Specifications

Screen size: 10.1 inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
CPU: Kirin 659
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 5100mAh
Weight: 316g
Dimensions: 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3 mm

Reasons to buy

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High-res display

Reasons to avoid

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Limited software
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Quite basic overall

With an 8.4-inch screen size, Huawei’s neat Android tablet has a bright high resolution display, on which your videos will look great. It’s also very competitively priced, one of the cheapest tablets around. The downside is the software, it behaves more like a phone than a tablet at times, and there’s some junk supplied by Hauwei that really isn’t worth using, but you can still download your favourite Android apps and work away, with enough performance to cope with simple video editing tools,

Microsoft Surface Go 3

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An affordable Windows tablet

Specifications

Screen size: 10.5-inch
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,280
CPU: Dual Core Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Dimensions: 245 x 175 x 8.3mm
Weight: 544g

Reasons to buy

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Hybrid laptop-tablet
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Nicely designed

Reasons to avoid

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Not super powerful

The Surface Go 3 is a hybrid tablet-laptop that is ideal for those who want to do some light video editing on the go, not for those who want to use it as their main video editing machine. In our Surface Go 3 review we found performance to be a little underwhelming, but this sleekly designed tablet still has a lot to offer. 

Product shot of the Asus ROG Flow Z13, the best gaming tablet

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A powerful best gaming tablet that can serve for content creation

Specifications

OS: Windows 11
Screen: Up to 13.4-inch UHD+ touch screen
CPU: Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H 14 cores
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
RAM: Up to 16GB
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.18kg + 0.34kg keyboard
Dimensions: 30.2 x 20.4 x 1.20cm

Reasons to buy

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Makes gaming tablets a reality
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Fantastic build and features
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Super versatile and portable

Reasons to avoid

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ROG XG Mobile connection feels fragile
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Expensive for the specs

Asus's groundbreaking 2-in-1 gaming tablet is a feat of engineering, creating a Microsoft Surface-like device with internals suitable for gaming with mixed results. It's chunkier than most tablets (the build is superb), and gaming performance lags behind laptops with similar specs. It's also very expensive. 

That said, when we reviewed the device we found that for content creation workflows, it does a nice job. The screen, which has a slow response rate for gaming, offers excellent pixel density, decent colour accuracy, including Pantone validation and 85 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space. The 60Hz refresh is something of a limitation when it comes to latency when using the touch interface, and the speakers could be better, but for a tablet PC that can pack a punch, this is a very interesting option. See our in-depth Asus ROG Flow Z13 review for more details.

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A veteran from the days of the 8-bit ZX Spectrum, Orestis is always interested in the fastest, slickest way to make computers do new and exciting things.
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