The £65 OLPC Tablet Is Really Real and Debuting at CES

By Andrew Tarantola on at

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 £65:

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 (around £65)—up from the original estimated price of $75 (£50), 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]