Sub $100 Tablet in 2011

Posted on May 30, 2010  Comments (3)

I must admit I am skeptical. If it happens this looks very cool.

One Laptop Per Child Revamps Tablet Plans

On Thursday the foundation announced a partnership with chip maker Marvell to collaborate on a sleek and cheap touch-screen tablet for developing-world school children, a device it now plans to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011 for less than $100. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) says that’s close to two years ahead of its scheduled release for the so-called XO-3, the long-awaited upgrade to the non-profit’s XO, the so-called “hundred-dollar laptop” launched in 2007.

The first XO, for instance, never reached its price target of $100; it now sells for $172. About 2 million of the devices have been sold–a significant achievement for a small nonprofit, but far less than its initial projections. And a flashy double touch-screen model known as the XO-2 was quietly scrapped last year when OLPC decided it couldn’t be made cheaply enough.

As for Marvell, the partnership with OLPC could lend more credibility to its Moby tablet, which is designed for educational uses like electronic textbooks. OLPC is also building Marvell’s chips into an upgraded form of its XO, known as the XO 1.75, later this year. “When we first met Nicholas, we were very moved by his leadership,” says Dai Weili, Marvell’s chief operating office. “We’ve got the cost structure, feature capability and scalability to support his vision for many years to come.”

Related: OLPC and Marvell partner to design a line of tablets$100 Laptops for the WorldA Child’s View of the OLPC LaptopApple’s iPad

3 Responses to “Sub $100 Tablet in 2011”

  1. Mike
    June 3rd, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Unreal. $75 for a children’s laptop. That is pretty incredible. I really like the idea that they are making it from plastic and going for sturdiness. Kids are highly likely to drop and bang these things around. Great news indeed.

  2. Aakash Android Tablet from India: $35 for Indian Students, $60 Retail | Curious Cat Gadgets
    October 27th, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    The Indian government seems to have surpassed what the olpc folks have been able to do. I really had high hopes for olpc but I think they have been to bureaucratic, I would have preferred a quick release early and iterate often strategy.

  3. Dave
    November 8th, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    The Aakash tablet may be cheap but it is way too under powered to run newer apps. I think a better solution needs to be found or larger corporations need to stop being so greedy.

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