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ARMDroid OLPC Tablet To Come Before 2011

The man behind the One Laptop Per Child project, Nicholas Negroponte, claims that there will be a working prototype of the XO3-tablet available by the end of the year, two years before the product was actually scheduled to arrive.

The successor to the $100 laptop should be launched at the next Comsumer Electronics Show in January 2011 says Negroponte and will be based on the Moby Tablet from Marvell which is expected not only to support Flash but also feature "social media" and eReader capabilities.

Negroponte reckons that the device, commonly known as the OLPC XO (see pictures here), will cost around $175 at launch and will come with at least one video camera, WiFi, multi-touch functionality, a backlit 9-inch screen with an onscreen keyboard, USB ports and enough hardware resources to play HD content, all apparently powered by Android (or Chrome OS maybe).

Chipmaker Marvell Technology group is said to be behind the device and will provide the ARM-based hardware. One can expect it to be based on the ARMADA 600 application processors that come with Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio as well as reaching speed of up to 1GHz.

Like the VIA-based tablet that we wrote about yesterday, an entry level OLPC XO tablet is expected to sell for around $100.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.