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Power play: The tablet can be powered up using a separate hand crank.

The exact price of the XO tablet will be determined by who buys it. “We’re not like RIM or HP, where we build a ton of these and hope somebody buys them,” said McNierney. “These are really built for a country wanting a large deployment, [who will] say ‘we want this many.’ “

No orders have been made yet, but as of last Sunday night, OLPC is ready to take them. “We’re just introducing them today,” he said. “We’re ready to go and really excited.”

Buyers will be able to choose certain specifications of their tablets—for example, whether they have a display visible in daylight, as the OLPC laptop does, and how long the battery lasts. McNierney said the tablet could be built with a 10-hour battery life, although some buyers might want just six hours, which would be cheaper but still sufficient to last a full school day.

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