March 10, 2011
Intel and Lenovo Unveil Classmate+ PC Netbook for School Kids
Intel is pretty keen on pursuing its Classmate initiative and has announced the release of a new product from this category i.e. the Classmate+ PC. Developed in partnership with Lenova, this model, pretty much like its earlier siblings, targets the educational segment and students in grades K-8 in particular. The PC is fitted inside a rugged, drop-resistant exterior and a spill-resistant keyboard thus becoming a befitting choice for school kids. It is driven by Atom N455 CPU accompanied by the Intel NM10 Express Chipset and comes with either 1 or 2 GB RAM. Lenovo adds choice of storage here with 16GB SSD unit or 250GB HDD as available options.
Other features include a LED backlit TFT LCD display, built-in speakers, three- and six-cell battery options, webcam module, and a plethora of connectivity options. Just like other Classmate PCs, this one too will not be directly available for the consumers. It will be sold in bulk to educational institutions or agencies primarily in regions where students have little access to computing solutions owing to their unfavorable economic situation. No exact word on pricing yet, but since the former models were available in the range of $300-$400 so I am hoping this one will keep up with that pricing policy.