The XO-3 was originally announced in late 2009 and hinted at repeatedly in 2010. I haven't heard a mention of it for at least 8 months now, so color me surprised that it still exists. According to ComputerWorld, the tablet will have an 8" screen and sell for less than $100. Like the XO-1.75, the XO-3 is going to be based on a 1GHz Marvell CPU. It's expected to have 8 to 10 hours of battery life, and it will run Linux-based software.
So what does it look like? No clue. We'll have to wait for Tuesday; no pictures have leaked yet. But chances are there will be a couple different models on display; the XO-3 will have optional components like a Pixel Qi screen and a solar charger. And what's most interesting is that the demo units will run Android, not anything running on the current XOs.
The target audience will be children in developing countries - actually the customer base will be the governments in developing countries who will buy it in bulk as an educational tool. There's no word on whether there will be a retail model, but if it follows the trend set by existing XO models then there won't be one.
The XO-3 is due out later this year, and there are signs that OLPC is planning to go the way of the tablet. In the long run the XO-3 is planned to replace the XO-1.75 laptops that are currently shipping.
So I think I know what I'm doing first thing Tuesday morning. I was planning to attend the keynote and ask questions, but this is too good of a story. And besides, I'm not sure whether I'll be allowed to ask questions.
image by One Laptop per Child