Together Intel the chipmaker and Lenovo the PC maker will deploy 158,000 laptops to students in Argentina. What started out as a reference design for affordable laptops for the developing world from Intel, will now be given a proper launch with Lenovo onboard.
The Classmate+ model is the same as existing Classmate PCs, but the new portable computing system is specifically targeted at the educational segment, and especially the students in grades K-8.
Furthermore, the involvement of Lenovo will add benefits of scale, and the possibility for multiple hardware configurations. Specs include an Intel Atom processor, Windows 7, and solid-state drive or hard-disk drive options of up to 250 gigabytes. There is also Ethernet and WiFi connections, a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, multiple UBS ports, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and a 4-in-1 card reader to support multimedia viewing. Multiple battery options are available, with choices of 3-cell or 6-cell power packs.
The laptop will likely be kept affordable, with pricing suggested at around $300-$400.
The purpose of this laptop is to help students in developing world with learning, meaning the kit will not be available to buy by the general public.
“Our work with Intel to offer products like the Lenovo Classmate+ PC will create more opportunities for K-8 [grade] administrators, teachers and students to realise the benefits of technology-enriched 1:1 learning experiences,” says Michael Schmedlen, director of Worldwide Education at Lenovo.
The laptop has full PC functionality and is rugged in design, with a drop-resistant case and a spill-resistant keyboard.