One Laptop Per Child announces $100 XO 3.0 tablet

While many tablet makers are now looking to churn out low cost devices, it appears one manufacturer may be way out in front in price stakes.

This is because non-profit organisation One Laptop Per Child has managed to hit its price target of a low cost and low power tablet device at the $100 mark, unveiling the XO 3.0 at CES.

It had previously been announced back in 2010 that OLPC was working with chipmaker Marvell to produce a tablet version of its educational devices.

The XO 3.0 tablet is an update on previous versions, like the XO 1.75 laptop, and using Marvell’s ARMADA PXA618 processor should help further lower power consumption.

Avoiding power drain is, of course, vital to the usability of the tablet devices, with solar panels and hand cranks used to boost battery life.

Recipients of the new tablets will likely be pleased to find out that XO3.0 will use just half the power to achieve the same functionality.  This means an arm-knackering one hour and forty seven minutes of hand cranking minutes should be cut down.

Buyers will have a choice of either  Android or Linux OS for the tablet, and it will feature Avastar Wi-Fi SoC and have an option to include a sunlight readable screen like the XO 1.75.

According to the Telegraph the tablet will cost in the region of $100, a target which previous versions have not quite been able to reach, with the XO 1.75 costing roughly $165.

OLPC has been developing a variety of products which are aimed at use in developing countries, often where access to power supplies are scarce.  This has led to over 2.4 million children in 42 countries picking up the technology, according to Edward McNierney, OLPC’s Chief Technology Officer.

This figure is set to increase, with Marvell and OLPC also announcing that the XO 1.75 will ship to customers in March.  OLPC projects have already ordered up 75,000 laptops in Nicaragua and Uruguay.

It is expected that another low cost PC, albeit for a different application, the Raspberry Pi, will also be releasing its ultra-cheap USB-based computer at the end of the month.