OLPC and Vivitar unveil new XO Tablets with 7, 10 inch screens

One Laptop Per Child and its partner Vivitar launched their first Android tablet last year. Now they’re following up with two new models, sporting 7 and 10 inch displays.

Both are aimed at students, and feature educational software durable design and a kid-friendly user interface as well as access to the Google Play Store and support for third-party Android apps.

Prices are expected to start at $150 for the 7 inch model and $200 for the 10 inch XO Tablet.

XO tablet

The 7 inch model features a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFi and Bluetooth, a 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. Vivitar says the tablet offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

The 10 inch model has the same screen resolution and the same cameras. But it adds GPS and a bigger battery with up to 12 hours of run time.

Both models feature quad-core processors which are faster than the chip used in last year’s XO Tablet.

Vivitar says optional accessories will include a wireless keyboard and a few things you don’t normally see marked as tablet accessories, including a digital microscope with up to 300x magnification and a digital telescope with up to 200x magnification. Students can use their tablets as viewfinders for the microscope or telescope, and use apps to explore astronomy, biology, or other subjects.

  • zdanee

    Do they still run XO software or are the just yet another tablet? Honestly XO started the netbook craze half a decade ago, they were the firs ones to offer a machine with a pixelQI screen and even thou their machines never quite appealed to me they always had some twist that set them above everyone else. In the past that is…

    • Anton Gl

      Netbook madness was started with Asus EEE PC 701 – cheap, affordable and worldwide spread available device. And continued by Asus EEE PC 10XX series, Acer netbooks, MSI Wind series and Samsung NC10/NC20.
      Even today there are a lot of cheap netbooks on the shelves, and no one from my friends and relatives never seen OLPC device.

      • zdanee

        The 701 was made after the first OLPC. Even before the first OLPC shipped people showed great interest in it (so much that there was a program to buy an OLPC for yourself for double price and another one will be given to a third world child). ASUS was the first to see the gap here and made his own cheap 701 as a response and became successful with it, but the idea is from OLPC without a doubt.

      • Anton Gl

        I don’t speak about first, I speak about demanded device. OLPC was a great concept, which show small sales in US and UK (generally with Charity sales) and weren’t available around the globe for retail.
        Like Apple iPhone don’t was a first device with Captive touch screen with finger oriented shell – first device was LG Prada (and before was Palm, but Palm it is another story)

      • zdanee

        Ok, I think it’s really how you interpret starting something. Did the Greek started democracy or the English? Was Xerox who started the GUI revolution or was it the MAC? The Lisa one year prior? Or maybe Visi On?

  • django123

    OLPC is a joke. All employees are gone. They quit in protest. The only have CEO and this VP who lies all the time. This is not the MIT project no more. That is why
    Vivitar is making the tablets. This is not the real OLPC. This is a
    cheap tablet with stupid games. You are better off with Nexus 7 or
    10. Scam