Intel's low cost Classmate PC has been around for years. The company is freshening things up today with the unveiling of a new Classmate PC as well as a brand new tablet aimed at the education segment.
The Classmate PC measures 10 inches in size and runs on Intel's Celeron N2806 processor and Windows 8.1. There's also a rotating camera and the option for a touchscreen display. The first product based on Intel's reference design will be the HP Classmate Notebook PC and is set for availability this month. Interestingly, Intel says a Windows 7 model will come later this year, along with a Linux version.
"The HP Classmate Notebook helps deliver access to instructional tools, learning apps and education content to students and teachers around the world," said Gus Schmedlen, vice president, PPS Education, HP. "Combined with professional development and HP's national education technology planning resources, the HP Classmate can help drive meaningful learning, social and economic outcomes."
The 10-inch Intel Education Tablet is based on Intel's Z2520 CPU clocked to 1.2 GHz and runs on Android 4.2. It has support for a stylus, front- and rear-facing cameras, optional 3G, and a 12-hour battery life. Both the tablet and the Classmate PC are ruggedized (water- and dust-resistant) and feature snap-on magnification lenses and plug-in thermal probes to help kids learning science.
Sound off: Windows is ubiquitous but seems to be losing favor with the latest versions. Android's gaining market share every day, but it's not quite the standard yet. Which do you think will be a bigger hit in the education sector?