This is definitely a tablet to watch, but not for the same reason as the others on this list. The non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child has crafted a child-friendly tablet that costs a mere $100. However, it’s not designed for consumers. The OLPC XO 3.0 is designed for students in the developing world.
The XO 3.0 is innovative and practical. Since many countries cannot rely on a stable power grid, the tablet comes with a hand crank (1 minute of cranking provides enough power for 10 minutes of computer use) and a solar panel cover (1 minute in the sun equal 2 minutes of use). The green-trimmed XO 3.0 is compatible with Android or its own operating system, Sugar OS.
Past OLPC projects have offered a buy-one-get-one program, where people who donate an XO computer will receive their own copy in the mail.
Screen size: 9”
Release date: Late 2012
The hook: It’s the future of low-price tablets as we know it.