Tuesday, March 20th 2007

Intel Classmate PC designed as cheap laptop for young students in low-tech countries

Most of you have probably heard of the One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC for short, project. The project aims to provide a large quantity of low price laptops for low-tech countries. Intel decided that they want a peace of the action, and hence made the Classmate PC. Their cheap family-oriented laptop uses a 900MHz Celeron M, is based off of an Intel chipset, has 256MB of RAM, and 2GB of NAND flash storage. The operating system can be either a copy of Linux, or Windows XP. This hardware is noticeably better than the OLPC laptop, which features an AMD Geode processor, however at a significant price increase. The Classmate PC can cost up to $500 USD, which would make some retail solutions a bit cheaper (and even more powerful). Regardless, Intel has a customer for this laptop...Chile.

Source: Nordic Hardware
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10 Comments on Intel Classmate PC designed as cheap laptop for young students in low-tech countries

#1
Eric_Cartman
i know they are trying to cut costs, but why not make it have at least 512mb so it can run vista if they are looking for a windows solution?
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#2
Zero Cool
a small step for people, but a huge step for human kind. or at least thats how my czech translation came up.

imo they should solve out places like Africa and other places where people dont even have acess to clean water.

Its waterAid week btw :)
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#3
Zero Cool
by: Eric_Cartman
i know they are trying to cut costs, but why not make it have at least 512mb so it can run vista if they are looking for a windows solution?
You need 1gig RAM for Vista, no?
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Eric_Cartman
by: Zero Cool
You need 1gig RAM for Vista, no?
no, minimum is 512mb without aero
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Nice to see Intel is still on track with this laptop. Granted, its not uber powerful...but it gets everyone involved with computers and helps them in their lives.
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#6
mullered07
$500 ? wtf no one else think intel is just looking for another market to exploit and make money in? ok thats what they do, they make money but $500 for a lappy of that specs is crap im betting thats without an os aswell as it states you can install windows xp or linux, for the same you can get a half decent 1.2-1.5ghz p3/celeron-m w 512mb ram and a 40gb hdd on ebay :wtf:

guess these under-priveliged/poverty ridden kids would need a laptop/pc to buy one like that off ebay anyway. :wtf:

forget trying to get them hooked up on the net and put the $ into helping build communitys where these people can thrive and build a future for themselves.
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#7
ktr
by: mullered07
$500 ? wtf no one else think intel is just looking for another market to exploit and make money in? ok thats what they do, they make money but $500 for a lappy of that specs is crap im betting thats without an os aswell as it states you can install windows xp or linux, for the same you can get a half decent 1.2-1.5ghz p3/celeron-m w 512mb ram and a 40gb hdd on ebay :wtf:

guess these under-priveliged/poverty ridden kids would need a laptop/pc to buy one like that off ebay anyway. :wtf:

forget trying to get them hooked up on the net and put the $ into helping build communitys where these people can thrive and build a future for themselves.
lol, i was thinking the same thing...
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#8
hat
Maximum Overclocker
Cmon intel don't try to suck money from the moneyless :|
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#9
tkpenalty
At least this can surf TPU, and play CS:1.6

EDIT: I dont even have one so I might get one. Looks rugged.
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#10
xylomn
by: hat
Cmon intel don't try to suck money from the moneyless :|
its what intel does best...
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