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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

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 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.