The One Laptop Per Child program’s XO-3 tablet will be revealed next week at CES, according to the project’s founder, Nicholas Negroponte. The XO 3.0 features Marvell’s Armada PXA618 SOC processor and Avastar Wi-Fi SOC, with 512MB of RAM. It can run Android and other Linux operating systems like Fedora. The version that will be shown at the CES will be running Android.
The tablet will be priced at $100 or less, making it affordable for it's targeted end-users, children in developing countries, where will will be used as an educational tool. They are sold to government-education systems which then give each primary school child their own laptop.
It will give about eight to 10 hours of battery life, have an 8-inch traditional LCD screen, with future plans to upgrade to a Pixel Qi display for power savings and e-paper-like capability. It will also be waterproof, will be able to take playground knocks and scrapes and be about a quarter of an inch thick.
The tablets use flash memory instead of a hard drive and to quote Negroponte himself, "Microsoft's Windows will not run on the device, only Linux-based OSes."
A great feature which makes it ideal for third world countries is the battery charging options of solar panels and hand cranks. (From just one minute of hand cranking, users can expect at least ten minutes of runtime) There goes the schoolkids excuse to teacher that his battery is flat in an attempt to wriggle out of schoolwork. There's also a study under way to see if the tablet can be powered directly through a solar cell without the battery.
Nicholas Negroponte unveiled the first early prototype back in 2005. Called the XO-1, it was created as an inexpensive subnotebook computer for children in developing countries around the world, to provide them with access to knowledge, and opportunities to "explore, experiment and express themselves." Currently there are over 2.4 million children in 42 countries using the XO-1 and XO-2 models.