OLPC XO 3.0 £70 tablet to launch at CES

The One Laptop Per Child tablet will launch at CES, and now we have final images of how it'll look.


The tablet from the One Laptop Per Child organisation has been expected for some time now, and was originally planned for 2010, so confirmation that it will launch at CES is welcome news.

It's a tablet aimed at children in the developing world, with an 8-inch screen that's 1,024x768-pixels resolution, 512MB of RAM, and sporting Marvell's Armada PXA618 SOC processor inside, Slash Gear reports. It also charges in a completely unique way for a tablet.

Not only is it solar powered, it also has a hand crank, so children far from a charging point will be able to juice it up. Just one minute of hand cranking will power it for 10 minutes, according to OLPC.

The final production model looks a little different to the concept, but that's to be expected. It comes with a peel-off silicone cover that'll protect it when in a bag, or if dropped.

It runs either Android or Linux operating systems, features a Pixel Qi screen for easy viewing in bright sun, and ports include full-sized USB, headphone and a memory card slot. The cost will be just $100 (£70), though we won't be able to buy it, as it'll be sold in bulk to governments in developing countries taking part in the OLPC scheme.

Chief technology officer at One Laptop Per Child, Edward McNierney, said the XO 3.0 is a "natural successor" for the scheme's current laptops. We'd be inclined to agree -- tablets are really gaining in popularity thanks to the iPad, so it's great to get them in the hands of people in the developing world.

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