Could a $100 tablet with limited specs that will not be available to consumers really steal the show at CES 2012? Yes, it could, as it is has a chance to help children in developing countries and is the latest device from One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte.
The OLPC XO 3.0 tablet is similar to the OLPC XO laptop in that it is rugged and designed for environments that may lack steady electricity. The 8-inch tablet (1024 x 768) can be powered by a solar panel or hand crank, and it sports a Marvell Armada PXA618 processor along with 512MB of RAM. The open tablet can run either Android or OLPC’s Linux-based Sugar operating system, which was designed with children in mind.
The device is highly configurable in order to meet the $100 mark, including in the display, as the OLPC XO 3.0 can ship with either an LCD or power-sipping PixelQi screen. The XO 3.0 will not be available directly consumers, but rather sold in bulk to countries, and will be produced to order.
OLPC will be showing off the Xo 3.0 at CES in Vegas, and the team at TabletPCReview is extremely interested in checking out this tablet, as well as the OLPC organization.