Classmate PC: Intel's "Sub-$400" Laptop

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This week Intel announced "Classmate PC" - a budget computer for emerging markets (translation: for the poor and destitute with more discriminating tastes than the MIT OLPC model). The laptop features the Celeron "eduwise" processor with 915GMS chipset, 7-inch WVXGA (800x600) screen, 256MB DDR2 SO-DIMM memory and 1gb of flash memory for storage. The system will run Windows XP and have a standard Lithium Ion battery.

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The "sub-$400" packaging is not as impressive as reality: these notebooks will range $220-$300, depending on foreign taxes. Nothing like a little philanthropic competition.

News Story [via gizmowatch]

DISCUSSION

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junior ghoul

lol i dont get this on sooo many levels. nakmario helped clarify it for me a bit though (thanks dude) cuz i was kinda wondering, about the whole pricing and everything. i mean, its in the price range of a low end but reasonably powerful laptop, but has the specs of the CM1. so its basically got the worst of both worlds. crappy and expensive. its actually not as good as the CM1 because it doesnt have a built in cam, or the mesh networking...also probably cant handel the same abuse that the CM1 is designed to withstand. I'm surprised that they could make this kinda mistake. its like, if you are going to be competition, be competition! i know that all software out there is designed for windows, but in this particular scenario that ISNT so key that 3rd world countries would take this over the CM1