Intel has been pumping out a Classmate PC reference design since early 2008. These netbooks are the company’s response to the OLPC XO Laptop, and are designed as durable, relatively low cost machines that are ideal for classroom settings. The earliest models weren’t all that exciting, but over the years Intel has spruced things up with a larger keyboard and touchpad and a touchscreen display and swivel allowing you to use the netbook in tablet mode.
Today at CeBIT, Intel introduced the newest version of the Classmate PC.
The new model has a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and a rubberized case with a handle allowing you to carry the netbook like a handbag. The computer has a resistive touchscreen (read: no multitouch) and comes with a stylus that fits inside the case.
The webcam at the top of the display can be rotated, which means you can use it whether the Classmate PC is in tablet or notebook mode.
Intel doesn’t actually manufacture the PC itself. Instead, you should start seeing OEMs and distributors start selling the new Classmate PC models next month.
You can check out a hands-on video of the new Classmate PC from Netbook News after the break.