OLPC Tablet To Bring Solar Charger & Satellite Internet

As the One Laptop Per Child project, offering inexpensive laptops to children in developing countries, is nearing completion, more details have emerged about its latest product, the XO-3, courtesy of Nicholas Negroponte, the founder and chairman of the organisation.

Agam Shah of Computerworld writes that the tablet - which is set to be launched in 2012 for around $100 - may come with optional covers that integrate solar chargers, satellite internet and external keyboard.

It will also have a camera on top, a microphone, USB ports and a headphone socket scattered on the tablet's bezel.

Negroponte also revealed that the display is the main point of contention at the moment; the device will almost certainly come with a transflective screen developed by its spin-off, Pixel Qi, which acts both as an e-ink display and an LCD display depending on the usage.

The tablet was delayed towards the end of 2010 until a suitable "unbreakable" screen was found. The tablet is likely to come with a Marvell Armada 610 application processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GPS module and a Linux-based operating system, possibly Google Chrome OS or Honeycomb.

The XO3 actually first appeared as a concept back in November 2009 and was expected to cost around $100. An OLPC 1.5 was expected to come in January 2010 followed by an OLPC 1.75; obviously neither came to the market although the OLPC laptop was an educational success.