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Old 17-Mar-2011
Intel and Lenovo create Classmate+ PC for kids in developing

Intel has teamed up with Lenovo to create the Classmate+ PC, a purpose-built laptop aimed at improving learning for students in grades K-8 and developing countries. In reality, the laptop is actually a re-badged Classmate PC or something that is based on Intelís Learning Series reference design.
Its design certainly looks more rugged, and it needs to be with the environment it is going into. This is why the laptop is equipped with a drop-resistant exterior and a spill-resistant keyboard. The handle is also integrated into the casing for ease of transport.
In terms of the hardware spec, the display comprises of a 10.1″ screen with anti-glare coating allowing for use outdoors. Processing power is catered for by a run of the mill Atom N455 and Intel NM10 chipset. Memory wise you have 1GB RAM (expandable to 2GB) and a choice of either SSD or standard hard drive capacities ranging up to 250GB for the latter or 16GB for SSD.
The core operating system is Windows 7 with connectivity offered through built in Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a 1.3MP camera for video recording and image capture. Thereís also a 4-in1 card reader and USB ports to support additional content. The laptop will come bundled with the Intel Learning Series software suite, which is a specifically designed educational piece of software, and a variety of teaching resources.
So far over 3 million Intel-powered Classmate PCs have been shipped globally, and already this latest laptop is proving popular as 158,000 units are ready to ship out to children this spring in Buenos Aires.
We have no idea on pricing, but for those looking forward to getting one of these closer to home for their children, you will have to speak with your local school. As with other Classmate models, the plus series wonít be available directly to consumers. Instead they are going to be sold in bulk to educational establishments or agencies that look after developing countries.

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