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OLPC Shows off Super Sexy Tablet Due in 2012

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

It might just be a concept, but man, that is one sexy concept.

Designer Yves Behar has just unveiled the latest vision for the XO laptop and, while the current laptop has yet to hit that all-important hundred dollar price point, this one will apparently cost $75. Did I mention it's a criminally pretty too? Because it is.

According to Engadget, the tablet sports an 8.5 x 11-inch touchscreen, a camera, Pre-style induction charging and an "8 gigaherz [sic]" (800MHz?) processor. OLPC is expected to launch this iteration of the XO laptop in 2012 but what's happening in the two years between the XO laptop we have today and this half-as-thick-as-an-iPhone XO-3?

According to Nicholas Negroponte, the OLPC Foundation plans to release two more models before the XO-3. Interestingly, the company has no plans for an XO-2. In January they'll be launching the XO-1.5. An upgraded version of the current model, the XO-1.5 will swap a VIA CPU for the current AMD one, and will double the speed as well as quadruple both the DRAM and Flash memory of the current version. The XO-1.5 will cost around $200. Early in 2011 OLPC will launch the XO-1.75 which will sport rubber bumpers on the outer casing, an 8.9-inch touchscreen display inside, and a Marvell ARM processor which will enable two times the speed at a quarter of the power usage

It's going to be a busy new year for OLPC!

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    Ehsan w , December 23, 2009 3:43 PM
    doesn't look that great..if you ask me...
    price is better than the apple tablet though....
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    sliem , December 23, 2009 3:50 PM
    Wow, it's pretty. Wife will love this. Unfortunately you can only use it for up to 12 months because we'd be dead by Jan 2013... lol.
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2009 3:59 PM
    Looks more like a cheap toy than anything else.

    Wonder if the buttons are actually touch screen or the old fashion bubble buttons one would find on a remote or some such?

    If it's a true touch screen, then at least the model would hopefully be customizable as to the colors and looks.
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    Parrdacc , December 23, 2009 4:08 PM
    Believe it when I see it. Of course, as sliem mentioned, we might all be dead before we could really use it.
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2009 4:21 PM
    Good Lord!

    The Neg Rating Trolls are really out today! :o 
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    eduardosmx , December 23, 2009 4:32 PM
    It doesnt look good or hot or anything elso XD
    It looks like a cheap piece of plastic that u can buy on dealextreme
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    rbarone69 , December 23, 2009 5:32 PM
    I hope by 2012 this thing will be 100% OLED!! That would be sweet!
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    Pei-chen , December 23, 2009 6:07 PM
    Department of Justice needs to investigate OLPC Association for embezzlement of funds. They are like the United Homeless Organization that was recently exposed to be a fraud. How a charity cans keeps missing its targets and spends most of its money on operation expense be legit.

    They are scamming people with two OLPCs for $400. Implying their crappy “PC” with a free OS is worth $200 a piece. $300 will buy a more powerful netbook with real features and windows.
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    chechak , December 23, 2009 8:38 PM
    nice tablet
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    matt87_50 , December 23, 2009 9:49 PM
    " "8 gigaherz [sic]" (800MHz?) processor"

    it can process the thoughts and emotions of 8 billion women at once??? impossible!! must be a quantum computer!
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    apmyhr , December 23, 2009 11:10 PM
    matt87_50" "8 gigaherz [sic]" (800MHz?) processor"it can process the thoughts and emotions of 8 billion women at once??? impossible!! must be a quantum computer!

    If you factor out the emotions part of that equation, then any Pentium II could easily do that.
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    alagadnidonald , December 24, 2009 12:36 AM
    but will it play........................

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    razzb3d , December 24, 2009 3:09 PM
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    lumpy , December 24, 2009 4:04 PM
    Looks like piece of netbooks,crap for girls.
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    tacoslave , December 25, 2009 12:18 AM
    lumpyLooks like piece of netbooks,crap for girls.

    i want one and im not a girl.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 25, 2009 7:24 PM
    The device in the photo does not look like it has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 25, 2009 7:24 PM
    OOPS! I just took another look. The "keyboard" is part of the screen.
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    wongster , December 25, 2009 8:16 PM
    horrible colors. why do they have to make it look so gay
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    lowguppy , December 28, 2009 6:16 PM
    I wouldn't call it pretty, exactly.