The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO tablet is now available from Walmart’s online store, and is bound to arrive on physical shelves on August 1. Manufactured by Vivitar, the tablet comes with the price tag of $149.
According to OLPC, this tablet is a device that children can use to learn and have fun at the same time. Featuring a wide range of skill sets, such as music, creativity, early development, math, science and technology, and language and literacy, the XO tablet is in line with the organization’s mission of providing an appropriate and enjoyable learning environment for children.
The XO tablet sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, and comes with a 1.64GHz dual-core processor under the hood. Android Jelly Bean is its operating system, offering support for a long list of learning and entertainment apps, including the latest ones on Google Play, for children. As for its battery, the XO sports a lithium ion one has a capacity of up to 8 hours of use on a single charge.
Users can set up as many as three user accounts, so that the tablet may be shared by several people. Parents may likewise set permissions for each user. An XO Journal feature allows parents to check their children’s interests or learning progress.
Also on board the XO tablet are rear and front cameras with unspecified numbers of pixels. Like plenty of other tablets aimed at children, the XO comes with a bumper case to protect the device from drops and spills.
Neither the Walmart listing nor the XO tablet page at the OLPC website provides many insights into the specifications. However, an earlier leak showed the device to have 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM.
The XO tablet boasts of being the only Google-Certified multilingual tablet in the market, offering both English and Spanish language choices. Later this year, OLPC will also offer French and Italian languages to cater to Canadian and European consumers. Its design, including that which is found on its Unique Dream user interface and packaging, is credited to Yves Behar who worked with the Fuse Project.
As for its dimensions, the XO tablet weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 4.68 x 0.37 x 7.75 inches.
Notably missing from the features is a keyboard. A keyboard would have raised the price of the tablet, but at the same time, would have been useful for learning some skills like communication.
New marketing strategy?
In the past, OLPC was known for releasing budget devices in developing countries. Thus, the new partnership with Walmart is a bit of a surprising move from the organization. Still the price of the XO tablet falls within the pocket-friendly range, so it could be their way of helping out parents who would like to give their children better learning opportunities, but cannot shell out too much cash.