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Lenovo launches its second generation Classmate+ notebooks

The updated models will reportedly be based on the Intel Learning Series and will offer more ruggedness, power and greater battery life among other things.

Lenovo has announced a new generation of Classmate+ portable computers that will reportedly be available in both “traditional clamshell and convertible laptop form factors”. According to the manufacturer, these notebooks are targeted not only towards students, but also teachers and IT administrators.

Apparently, since the launch of the Intel Learning Series in 2007 more than 6 million Classmates PCs have been shipped worldwide. In addition, Michael Schmedlen, Director Worldwide Education at Lenovo was quoted as saying: "As the world's #1 PC maker in education, we're committed to enhancing learning via our platform of PC solutions designed for students," … "By joining with Intel to create the new Lenovo Classmate+ Clamshell and Classmate+ Convertible laptops, we're demonstrating how mobile computing fits into any learning environment, no matter the location or budget."

Lenovo’s new laptops will be powered by an Intel Atom N2600 central processing unit that has two cores (4 threads) clocked at 1.6GHz. Furthermore, users will be provided with a capacitive touchscreen display on the convertible model that measures 10.1 inches in diagonal.

The Classmate+ PCs will presumably house up to 2GB of internal DDR3 memory and an HDD with a storage capacity of up to 320GB (or up to a 32GB SSD). Other features include an optional HDMI output, three USB ports, a built-in 2MP web camera for video chats and a 6-cell battery (up to 10 hours of battery life after a single charge).

The new generation Lenovo Classmate+ notebooks will also be more rugged that their predecessors. The maker claims that the new devices will come with a tougher corner design, reinforced steel hinge, enhanced water resistance and strengthened DC jack. Both the convertible and the traditional laptops will be available this month; prices will “vary in each market”.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)