Back in September at IDF, Intel announced that its new line of Classmate PCs would feature the company's latest Atom processor codenamed "Cedar Trail." At CES 2012, Intel has unveiled the refresh to its Classmate PC line-complete with an Atom Cedar Trail CPU, and more improvements.
Through the Atom Cedar Trail CPU, Intel judges that the new netbooks will tout a battery life of over 10 hours on a single charge. The new Classmate PCs also feature a more rugged exterior; Intel has strengthened the corners of the case to withstand the dings that any, improved water resistance, and made the keys harder to pry off. Ports include an HDMI video output, along with USB 2.0 and audio jacks.
The Classmate PC has a 10.1-inch screen, and comes in two form factors: a traditional clamshell and a convertible tablet. The writing experience on the convertible tablet has been improved via Intel's palm rejection technology. This improvement gives students the ability to write directly on the screen without worrying about the touchscreen mistaking the pressure of their wrist for a stylus stroke. Intel has also loaded up its Learning Series Software Suite, with more collaborative classroom and IT-related features. Intel also understands that for each classroom there is a different need, so the Classmate PCs have various configurable options available. The netbooks can be bundled with Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit with Intel's Learning Series software suite running over top of it.
"To succeed in today's global economy, students need to develop 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration," said Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel's Education Market Platforms Group. "Technology solutions that are purpose-built for education play a key role in supporting the development of these skills, and we look forward to further enriching the education experience with our new platforms."