OLPC announces XO Tablet with 7-inch screen

Devices will be sold in Wal-Mart in the US

One Laptop Per Child is back in the tablet race, announcing a new 7-inch tablet with the Android OS that will be sold commercially and include its learning software.

The XO Tablet was announced at the International CES show in Las Vegas. OLPC will license the design to Sakar International, which will sell the tablet in the U.S. through Wal-Mart.

OLPC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating devices to aid education of children in developing countries. The organization at last year's CES showed off its XO-3 tablet, which had an 8-inch screen and was due to ship last year, but was ultimately scrapped as the nonprofit struggled to finalize the design and find partners to make the product.

However, OLPC said that some of the key technologies derived from XO-3, such as flexible power input and charging efficiency, could make it into future OLPC hardware. OLPC also said it would focus less on hardware development and more on education projects. OLPC will license the XO Tablet design to device makers in other countries.

The tablet will be available at Wal-Mart later this year, OLPC said in a statement. Pricing for the tablet was not immediately available. The XO-3 was initially priced at US$75, then $100, but OLPC in the past has failed to reach its targeted price for products. OLPC's first hardware, the XO-1 laptop, was also delayed and eventually shipped at double the promised $100 price tag.

The XO Tablet has a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, 8GB of storage, a MicroSD card slot, a MicroUSB port, and front and rear cameras. The display can show images at a 1024-by-600 pixel resolution.

The new tablet also has an education software package for children built on top of a version of Android. The software package includes parental controls and features to aid learning.

OLPC Chairman Nicholas Negroponte has said that tablets are effective learning tools. Through its education projects, OLPC has been putting Motorola tablets in the hands of kids in developing countries and says the results have so far been positive, with children learning basic reading and writing, and even hacking into the tablets. OLPC is also open to putting third-party rugged tablets in the hands of kids.

OLPC at CES is also showing its latest hybrid laptop-tablet called the XO-4 Touch, which has a screen that can swivel around and fold over the keyboard. The XO-4 resembles the original XO-1 laptop but it has a touchscreen.

OLPC is also involved in the development of Sugar, a UI (user interface) for the Linux OS that provides educational tools for kids. OLPC earlier this week released the latest version of Sugar, which sports touch support for the XO-4 laptop/tablet hybrid.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags tabletshardware systemsCESAndroid tabletsOne Laptop Per Child Project

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?