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OLPC's 7-inch Android XO tablet is coming to Walmart this year (hands-on)

OLPC's 7-inch Android XO tablet is coming to Walmart this year (hands-on)

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We've just had our first look at OLPC's XO tablet, the company's first Android device. Like the OLPC laptops, the tablet can either be charged regularly or via a hand crank. When charging manually, you'll get ten minutes of use for every one minute you spend cranking. It's got a 7-inch multi-touch display running at 1024 x 600 and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Marvell Armada chip paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

OLPC XO tablet hands-on photos


Aesthetically, the XO tablet shares the bright green color synonymous with OLPC devices, but the color is simply a rubber case that surrounds a very regular-looking tablet — it actually appears similar to the Nexus 7, and seems just as well built. OLPC has created a custom child-friendly software layer that it says will help kids to learn with the tablet, but we had a lot of trouble getting it to respond properly; even unlocking the tablet was a chore. We'll put that down to the fact the neither the software nor hardware is finished just yet, though. There's no precise information on a release date or price just yet, but it's supposed to be coming to US retailers at some point this year.

Update: Walmart has just announced that it'll be stocking the tablet later this year.