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OLPC debuts XO 3.0 tablet

Posted on Monday, January 09 2012 @ 20:47:33 CET by

The One Laptop Per Child project has revealed the XO 3.0, a new Marvell Armada PXA618 based 8" tablet with a 1024 x 768 pixel touchscreen. The total power consumption of the device is just 2W, buyers will be able to get it with a hand crank or with a case with built-in solar panel. Full details and specifications at Bit Tech.
The display will also be customisable, with the company's clients - typically national governments keen to purchase large volumes of discount hardware for distribution to schools - being able to choose between a cheap liquid-crystal display or a more expensive Pixel Qi option with full sunlight readability.

As with the XO laptops that preceded it, the XO 3.0 Tablet is designed for use in developing nations where a reliable power source isn't always a given. As a result, two power sources will be made available at launch: a hand crank which runs on a 10:1 ratio, and a case with in-built solar panel which operates on a 2:1 ratio in bright sunlight.

'We're proud to introduce the XO 3.0 tablet, showcasing the design, durability and performance features that make it a natural successor for our current laptops, which have been distributed to more than 2.4 million children in 42 countries and in 25 languages,' crowed Edward McNierney, OLPC's chief technology officer, at the CES unveiling. 'The XO 3.0 builds on many of the technology breakthroughs we made with the XO 1.75, including the use of the Marvell Armada PXA618 processor, resulting in a significant decrease in power consumption — a critical issue for students in the developing world.'



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