It was in January 2005 that Nicholas Negroponte first presented the idea of a "$100 laptop" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Now, 4 years later, the first blurry phone-cam photo of the dual-touchscreen XO-2 laptop which was first announced in May of 2008 are floating around the 'net.
There's not much more information out there at the moment except that people are saying that it's a non-working mockup. My first impression is that it was very quickly thrown together since the green plastic enclosure very much looks like someone with a well-stocked tool-shed went to town on an XO-1 to produce it. Also as engadget put it the "touchscreen" looks a bit too much like "glued-on paper".
Wayan thinks that by showing off that mockup OLPC
"could re-capture the imagination and momentum of the developing world educational institutions and drive the entire technology industry - again!"
I have a slightly difference point of view. In my mind showing off such a product that early in the game - remember, it's going to be at least 12 months before the XO-2 will be available - might sacrifice crucial sales of the currently available XO-1 hardware. And if there's one thing that OLPC can't afford at the moment then it's losing sales by getting potential customers excited about a product that only exists in the form of a piece of plastic.
In related news Infoworld reports that AMD:
"has no replacement planned for the aging Geode low-power chip, creating uncertainty for its use in products like future XO laptops made by One Laptop Per Child. [...] Without an updated version of the Geode, AMD may struggle to win a contract to supply the next-generation OLPC laptop, the XO-2."
This doesn't really comes as a surprise and like many people (e.g. charbax;-) have been pointing out for quite some time now the XO-2 might be based around a non-x86 architecture in order to meet its critical targets in terms of price, power consumption and performance.