OLPC to Unveil $100 XO 3.0 Tablet at CES

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7 Jan, 2012 3:17 pm

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The One Laptop Per Child project has had its sights set on making a tablet for over a year now, the XO 3.0 Slate will be shown for the first time at CES.

The tablet will feature an 8-inch 1024×768 screen with some models also offering a PixelQi 3qi display that mimics E-paper. A Marvell Armada PXA618 chip and 512MB of RAM reside in the tablet’s ruggedized shell and will run either Linux Sugar or Android OS.

With a bare-bones feature set, the OLPC tablet should cost about $100 per unit—up from the original estimated price of $75, but still way cheaper than virtually any other tablet on the market. The tablet also will run a version of Linux with OLPC’s educational Sugar software.

The coolest feature that the XO 3.0 can be powered by hand-cranking—to the tune of 10 minutes of run time for every minute of work. OLPC claims that the XO 3.0 will last for between 8 and 10 hours on a charge. Marvell told Laptop Magazine that special circuitry allows the device to charge via solar panels or a hand crank, in addition to traditional AC power.

In addition to the XO 3.0, OLPC and Marvell announced that the latest version of its laptop, the XO 1.75 will start shipping in March, with 75,000 already headed to schools in Uruguay and Nicaragua. The XO 1.75 will use the same Marvell Armada PXA618 system-on-a-chip processor as the XO 3.0, which will use half the power of the 1-GHz Via C7-M processor on the current-generation XO 1.5 notebook.

Via Laptop Mag

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