The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative is expected to shine this CES with an unveiling on a $100 tablet designed to meet the requirements of school going children which keeping it low on the budget. We have some insight into the features and initial impact of the product.
The tablet is designed for developing countries as a super affordable tablet that matches the features of the current mainstream offerings. The product is dubbed as XO 3.0 and comes with an 8-inch display featuring 1024×768 screen resolution with PixelQi 3qi screen. The rugged tablet also bundles a Marvell Armada PXA618 chip with up to 512MB RAM and runs Google Android or Linux Sugar OS.
These features essentially places it at lower specifications than the current market mainstream; though the idea is to make it affordable while keeping minimum usability. Though don’t mistake it as a replacement for the likes of iPad or Galaxy S. The price of the tablet is also increased from earlier predicted $75 in order to provide essential features. An interesting feature of XO 3.0 is that it’ll get powered by human motion; 10 minutes of battery life for every minute of hand cranking making it very useful is domestic areas of developing countries. We look forward to the launch in a few days.