It’s not just big-name PC makers that are pushing out new netbooks with Intel Atom N450 processors. Intel’s education-oriented Classmate PC is also getting a spec bump. The Classmate is a reference design which is marketed and sold by a number of different computer distributors, including M&A Technology, which has a product listing for the next-gen version of the laptop.
The new model features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It has a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 anti-glare display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, a 1.3MP webcam and a multi-format flash card reader, as well as 3 USB ports and a VGA output.
The updated Classmate PC has a 6 cell, 4400mAh battery and a much larger keyboard and touchpad than earlier, smaller versions of this laptop. It’s also a bit heavier, at about 3.6 pounds.
The laptop sells for $449 with Windows XP loaded, although the notebook is also Windows 7 capable.