Earlier the price tagged to the Classmate PCs announced by Intel was sub $400. Though it may not be exactly like the OLPC machines but the newly announced price tag of “sub $300″ for the Classmate PCs is certainly attention grabbing and it might slash down to $200. Another interesting thing is that these machines will boast “several GB of memory, depending on the requirements”. Here are some more fine shots of the Classmate PC.
OLPC maybe the next generation mass computing device and so can be the Intel’s Classmate version but nothing can beat this new $150 laptop being designed by a Atlanta company called the ‘Litecomputer’ by Lite Appliances. The laptop has no overheads as everything from base to software is being designed by the company itself. Build around the Analog Devices Blackfin processor and they have also designed a Internet browser, media player, instant messaging services and VoIP software. The laptop is without HDD which means storage is through flash and it also has USB ports to connect various devices. It is a customizable laptop which means you can add various features that you want but all that off course for extra money.
Intel’s Classmate PC, which is meant for kids in elementary education (K-12), went into the hands of Brasil President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at a meeting held in Brasilia. He emblematically received the first Classmate PC from Intelfrom the hands of his Special Advisor Cesar Alvarez. Intel will donate 800 units slated to be delivered in April as a part of Intel’s support for the Federal Government Project ‘Um Computador por Aluno – UCA.’ These specially designed notebooks will undergo testing in two public schools in the cities of Pirai (RJ) e Palmas (TO).