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CES 2013: One Laptop Per Child XO-4 Touch revealed

OLPC XO-4 Touch

By Dave Stevenson

Posted on 7 Jan 2013 at 12:29

Chip manufacturer Marvell is showing off the One Laptop Per Child XO-4 Touch at CES 2013, as the charity project makes another bid to crack the low-cost laptop.

The hybrid laptop, announced last year and launching in the first quarter of this year, is designed for educational use in emerging economies.

Price and a release date are expected to be announced later this year, but attendees of CES press preview event CES Unveiled were able to get their hands on the device early at Marvell’s booth.

The XO-4 Touch is a convertible laptop with a dual-input, 7.5in touchscreen that can run in either standard backlit mode or in a low-power greyscale mode designed to be legible outdoors. Touchscreen capabilities come courtesy of infrared technology and the machine weighs either 1.36kg with a lithium iron phosphate battery, or 1.58kg with a standard NiMH cell.

There’s either 1Gb or 2GB of DDR3 RAM available, plus up to 8GB of storage. Computing power comes from Marvell’s 1.2GHz PXA2128 system-on-a-chip. The OS is a version of Fedora 18.

The OLPC XO-4 Touch has plenty to prove: the project's champion, Nicholas Negroponte, predicted sales of five million OLPCs by 2007; the reality in 2009 was closer to 1.5 million, leading some to wonder about the long-term viability of cheap laptops for emerging economies.

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User comments

Obsolete

Given the progress in tablets, I suspect this project is being made utterly obsolete.

It would have been quicker and cheaper to simply give them a Netbook deal 3 years ago looking at the above spec, something like a Samsung NC10 would have been equal to this.

By Gindylow on 7 Jan 2013

One Laptop Per Child ?

What a ironic Name Title.

While meant for "emerging" countries, the merits of such machinery is dubious.

How many children (or their parents) will be able to afford them? Poverty is very prevalent in emerging economies. There are usually two classes of people in these economies:
The very rich who can afford whatever the west has.
Those in abject poverty who can afford nothing.

Rather than a Laptop Per Child, perhaps clean drinking water and decent food resources would be more appropriate.

By lenmontieth on 8 Jan 2013

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