The $100 OLPC Tablet Is Really Real

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Building on its success with laptops designed for developing countries, the One Laptop Per Child project is set to unveil a long-awaited tablet at CES next week. Here's what you get for $100.


The OLPC has been kicking around the idea of a super-affordable tablet for over a year. Originally known as the XO-3, but now dubbed the XO 3.0, the tablet will feature an 8-inch 1024x768 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 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. Why isn't this available on, well, everything? I'd gladly spin a handle for a few minutes if it meant I wouldn't have to beg for outlet time at coffee shops, carry spare chargers, and constantly dread the "low battery" notification. [Electronista]


Not sure I understand why kids in developing countries require a tablet. There are plenty of people in wealthy countries that don't own one either. Heck, I don't own a tablet. Call me short-sighted, but you'd think other things might be more important... water, food, schools, etc. Or maybe these will be edible tablets??