Lenovo has collaborated with Intel to come up with Classmate+, the next generation of the Classmate PCs that were solely offered by Intel so far. The new Classmate+ PCs are more rugged, more durable, and have a longer battery life.
The Classmate PC, formerly known as Eduwise, is originally an initiative by Intel to produce low-cost netbook computers for K-8 kids from developing nations. The tie-up between the two major IT companies is aimed at providing better products at affordable prices. The Classmate+ PCs are available in clamshell as well as convertible form factors and have a spill-proof and waterproof body. These notebooks intended for young students are powered by Intel Atom N2600 processor and have a storage capacity of up to 32 GB Solid State Storage (SSD). These are also equipped with a physical memory (RAM) of 2 GB DDR3. The display panel or the lid can be rotated for better viewing. There are some educational and teaching software pre-installed on the PC such as the Intel Learning Series software suite.
The Organization of Ibero-American States has already planned to use 158,000 Lenovo Classmate+ netbooks in its Conectar Igualdad 1:1 computing program that is a nationwide campaign to facilitate the students with the access to computer technology.
“As the fastest-growing PC company in education, we are committed to creating education solutions that improve schools' efficiency, as well as leading initiatives to evaluate how technology can measurably improve learning outcomes,” said Michael Schmedlen, director of Worldwide Education, Lenovo.
For further details, read the press release from Lenovo.