While Android tablets have been on the market for several years, the models available for $100 are now substantially more powerful.

Tablets with 4GB and 8GB of RAM are very desirable which allows a wider range of apps to run. Flash memory has fallen so lower cost tablets now have typically 128GB or more of storage. Some recent models are now offering 512GB of integrated storage.

The SD card slot can expand on the storage options. Many recent tablets no longer use SD cards as the internal storage is now abundant.

The Mediatek 10.1 inch tablet shown is sells for $79.99 and it comes with 8GB of RAM along with 512GB of storage. The CPU has 10 cores. The screen is 1920×1080 which matches HDTV allowing it to be a personal television. The tablet comes with Android 9 making it a contemporary model. Overall it’s a powerful machine for anyone who wants to get online.

Slightly more expensive models offer cellular capability. WiFi is adequate for most needs unless the machine is being used for mapping while driving.

In the 20 years since low cost Android tablets appeared, now the machines are so powerful they can replace laptops. Keyboard stands are available and bluetooth mice are also readily available. Typically well make stands sell for maybe $25 online.

In 1999, there was a push for the development of a $100 computer so that education could be expanded into more areas around the world. Now in 20 years on, the performance of tablets is incredibly powerful and easily reach new markets world wide.