Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC XO 3.0 Android Tablet Shown Off, Should Cost About $100

OLPC XO 3.0 Android tablet

I remember when I was in the 8th standard in my school. Nicholas Negroponte had announced that he’d soon come out with a Laptop computer running Microsoft Windows OS, at a throwaway price of $100. It had got me excited, and I thought I’d grab it as soon as it comes out, using my pocket money. That didn’t happen, or I haven’t heard about it since.

However, 6 years later, the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project seems to be back on track, with the Laptop being replaced by a Tablet, and the OS from Microsoft’s Windows to Google’s Android. Talk about changes in strategy! Of course, the fact that Android is nearly free played a big role in the change of strategy and OS powering the Tablet.

OLPC XO 3.0 Android tablet

And to feed you, the guys over at The Verge have gotten hold of a couple of shots of the device (not live shots, however). Though it looks a tad too childish, you cannot ask for more for $100. The tablet will be showcased during the CES, supposed to start on January 10th, and here are some specs –

  • Android OS (or Sugar OS, OLPC’s own Linux-based OS), open BIOS, so you can run multiple OSs. Coolness.
  • 8″ PixelQi display of 1024×768 pixel resolution
  • Marvell Armada PXA618 processor, 512 MB RAM

Don’t expect extraordinary stuff, like cameras, though. I’ll update the story as I get more information. Stay hooked!