Intel has been moving from partner to partner with its various iterations of the Classmate PC and now the company have signed up Lenovo as its partner for the latest model, the Classmate+ PC. It's still a very basic machine without a lot of bells and whistles, but as it's intended as an educational computer for schools, this isn't exactly expected.

Intel has been moving from partner to partner with its various iterations of the Classmate PC and now the company have signed up Lenovo as its partner for the latest model, the Classmate+ PC. It's still a very basic machine without a lot of bells and whistles, but as it's intended as an educational computer for schools, this isn't exactly expected.

At least Lenovo has managed to come up with a more attractive design for the Classmate+ PC than seen in the previous generations, if somewhat industrial in terms of looks. The carry handle is still firmly in place at the back of the Classmate+ PC and it's of course still powered by one of Intel's Atom processors, in this case a single core 1.6GHz Atom N455 which is paired with Intel's NM10 chipset.

It will also come with up to 2GB of RAM, a standard netbook style 10.1-inch LCD screen, an option of either an 8 or 16GB SSD or a 160 or 250GB hard drive. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbit Ethernet, a 1.3Megapixel webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, a D-sub connector and a pair of audio jacks.

Lenovo will supply three different battery packs for the Classmate+ PC, a standard 3-cell unit which is said to deliver 3-3.5h battery life depending on whether it's configured with a hard drive or SSD, a 4400mAh 6-cell pack good for between 7-7.5h and finally a 5200mAh high density 6-cell battery pack good for up to 8.5-9h of usage. The Classmate+ PC will only be available to qualified education and government customers through Lenovo or its channel partners.

Source: Intel