OLPC Shows off Super Sexy Tablet Due in 2012

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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  • AW-Levi
    Even though it's just a concept it has attractive characteristics, which if put into production and sale should have no problems on the market. None the less it's not a laptop , but for a net-book it's excellent.

    In addition , it seems that the days of the ARM processor is coming. :)