Intel's Classmate PC was heralded as the way that children in emerging markets would avoid getting left behind in the silicon revolution; now it seems that lifeline may have been cut. DigiTimes is claiming that various governments and OEM partners have cancelled their orders for the low-powered netbook, having been forced to reprioritize their budgets in the wake of the ongoing economic downturn.
Patchy and delayed networking infrastructure has also been blamed for the cancellations, which have not been made publically but leaked out via Taiwanese component manufacturers.
The last we saw of Intel's Classmate Netvertible - aka the CTL 2go tablet - it was a surprise guest at the Intel Developer Forum in August. Several months have passed, and CTL entrusted the guys at Laptop Mag with their only demo unit. It's still pre-production hardware, particularly when it comes to the physical design, but we can apparently expect to see it on sale in the US come December, priced at $499.
Intel's Classmate Tablet PC was a surprise announcement at IDF yesterday, and Laptop Mag have scored a little more time with the education-focused notebook. While the hardware is certainly pre-production - both the handle and the touchpad you see here are temporary, with Intel still working out exactly how they will look - overall it looks too promising even to be simply left for the classroom.
Hey Intel, this is what should've been your mystery device! At a round-table event today, Intel's Tom Rampone unveiled the company's new Classmate Tablet PC, a touchscreen convertible version of the existing Classmate PC that was first tipped back in July. Designed to sell alongside the current model, the new Classmate has an 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600 display and runs on a 1.6GHz Atom CPU.
Intel's Classmate PC, a low-cost laptop intended for educational use and already on sale in 35 different countries, will undergo an imminent hardware, design and software overhaul, claim the company, with an official announcement in "a month or so". In the meantime, the existing Classmate 2 model has been updated with Intel's Atom processor.
With flock of tiny netbook in the market, it’s about time for us to see one that is targeted towards education market, especially for the younger age tech consumer. Intel Classmate PC aka JumPC aka The Small has arrived in UK.
In competition with the OLPC project, Intel is finally going to start selling their notebook for prices ranging from $300 to $500. Some of the newer models will have fewer features and thus require less power, but they are also pushing out models with both a 7 and a 9 inch screen, a 30GB HDD and a webcam.
Intel is going to try and bring their Classmate PC over to Europe to compete with the Asus Eee, and they might be able to, on one front, price. The Classmate is supposed to be going on sale for $250-350.
Intel and Lenovo have partnered up to launch the Lenovo Classmate+ PC, an Atom-based 10.1-inch netbook running Windows 7 and targeted at schools and developing nations. Based on Intel's original Classmate PC reference design, the Classmate+ PC has a choice of HDD (up to 250GB) or SSD storage, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam.