OLPC XO-1.75 goes ARM, price drops to $188

I finally made it to the Marvell booth Saturday night to get a look at the green and white wonder boy.

The XO-1.75, with its 8.9-inch touchscreen, will start shipping in the second quarter of this year to countries around the world trying to bring schoolchildren into the computer age. It looks the same as the existing 1.5 and 1.0 machines; it has the same Pixel Qi display, Flash storage, and keyboard (actually, there are 2 keyboard options) The only difference is that it replaced the x86 CPU with a Marvell Armada running at 1GHZ.

Actually, that's not completely true. Replacing the CPU means they had to redesign the entire motherboard; it's not as simple as swapping just the CPU. But you won't be able to tell that without cracking the unit open.

OLPC had the hand crank generator on hand; you can use it to recharge the 1.75 in about a couple hours. BTW, I asked about why it wasn't included with the XO-1. Apparently the demo unit kept getting broken, and it took too much time to charge the XO-1 (because of the x86 CPU).

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Mrawhimskell Klaar10 January, 2011

    I love useful and practical tech. I sometimes wonder when genuine altruism will win over commercial interests. imagine how advanced the world would have been if more projects just focus on the benefit of mankind and not the greed of shareholders.

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  2. […] today. I’m a little surprised to see it there because this is the unit that was launched back in January at CES 2011. But according to the paperwork, the XO-1.75 got a new Wifi card so it had to be certified […]

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  3. […] 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 […]

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  4. […] and OLPC announced in the same press release that the XO-1.75 laptop, which debuted at CES 2011, is going to ship in March. I wonder why they showed it off last year of they weren’t […]

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