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Gallery: Intel's newest Classmates

At CES, Intel launched a new model of its Classmate PC that transforms into a tablet. Classmates are Intel netbooks that are designed to introduce computers to primary school children.
By Andy Smith, Contributor
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At CES, Intel launched a new version of its Classmate PC - one that transforms into a tablet PC. The new Classmates can be carried around and used like a traditional laptop but contain a screen that swivels 180 degrees. Intel sees the Classmate as a tool for primary schools to introduce children to computers.

Photo credits: Intel

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The original Classmate, which appeared in 2006, is widely seen as having kicked off the 'netbook' concept. Here's the newest model - side view.

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The screen turns 180 degrees.

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The tablet Classmate.

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The Classmate has a built-in handle to make it easy for children (and adults) to carry.

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Even a child can do it.

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A youngster tries out the newest Classmate at the Intel Museum.

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Children examine the new contraption.

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Intel also launched its Learning Series, a project that will try to make sure there is proper co-ordination between educational hardware, software and services in various countries. The idea is to allow local manufacturers to create Classmates according to the needs of children in their locales. And they can preload the Classmates with locally relevant software.

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