Intel & Lenovo Classmate+ PC Ushers in Child-Friendly Hardware & Software Solution

March 10, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Lenovo and Intel have teamed up to bring out the Classmate+ PC, designed to improve learning for kids, especially in grades K-8. In fact this is a re-badged version of the Classmate PC. The device is equipped with schools-effective, affordable PC technology as part of Intel Learning Series.

The device brings in an affordable as well as child-friendly hardware and software solution. It will come pre-loaded with the Intel Learning Series software suite, specialized educational software and a variety of teaching resources which are based on the Intel Learning Series reference design.

The manufacturers claim that Classmate+ PC will create more opportunities for teachers and students alike to realize the benefits of the much enhanced 1:1 learning experiences.

If you are looking to know what the device would come with, here are the specs. The 10.1-inch netbook comes with LED backlit screen, running an Intel Atom processor instead of Intel’s fresh Atom N570 processor. However, it features all the other essential options of a netbook.

It offers Ethernet and WiFi Internet connectivity. The netbook is compatible with Windows 7 operating system. On the storage front, it offers high-capacity storage up to 250 GB or solid state drive options.

The device also features a 1.3 megapixel camera as well as multiple USB ports and a 4-in-1 card reader to support viewing multimedia. It comes with three- and six-cell battery options. Well, like most of the other Classmate PCs, the Classmate+ won’t be available directly to consumers.

They are meant for bulk distribution to educational institutions or agencies. The manufacturers also made it clear that they are giving priority to institution in the developing world.

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