Industry bigwigs Intel and Lenovo jointly announced the Lenovo Classmate+ PC, a purpose-built laptop for kids in grades K-8. If it all looks and sounds a bit familiar, it's because this is really Intel's Classmate netbook with Lenovo's label slapped on the lid. That's not unusual, as Intel specs the reference design and lets OEMs tweak and sell them as their own.
"Lenovo is the first multi-national company to offer the Intel Learning Series classmate PC for the global education market," said Kapil Wadhera, General Manager, Education Markets Platforms Group, Intel. "We are thrilled to welcome Lenovo to the Intel Learning Series Alliance and to work with them to extend the platforms availability to benefit more students and teachers around the world."
Lenovo's Classmate+ comes with a 10.1-inch LCD screen, Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB or 2GB of RAM, 8GB/16GB SSD or 160GB/250GB HDD, 1.3MP webcam, two 1.5W speakers, Wireless-N, 4-in-1 memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, 3-cell or 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Basic/Premium in either 32-bit or 64-bit form.
Lenovo isn't selling the Classmate+ to individuals, and instead will ship bulk units to qualified education and government customers.