IDF Day 1 - New Classmate PC

Intel gave a sneak peak at the next generation of its Classmate PC at IDF today

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 20, 2008

Intel gave a sneak peak at the next generation of its Classmate PC at IDF today. The Classmate, which is intended for school children, has already gained a fair amount of custom in the education sector in a number of countries (although none in the Gulf so far) and has pretty much beaten the One Laptop Per Child initiatives XO notebook as the low cost laptop of choice for government education projects.

The new version, which was shown during a channel round table, has been designed based on customer feedback, according to Intel, and in a big step, will be a tablet PC format. The change to tablet has been made to help durability of the device - clamshells designs are a bit more prone to breakage if they get dropped - and to give a more natural usage model.

The third generation Classmate will also include a built-in camera (visible above the screen), and the outer casing will have a customizable panel, allowing local system builders to put their own branding on the device. The handle can also be customized or removed to give a range of looks. That's about all the details that were available, although Intel did stress that this isn't just a concept design, and its fully intends to include these features in the next Classmate.

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