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Comparing the OLPC XO Laptop and Intel’s Classmate PC

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While browsing some XO-related web sites recently I came across a link to the home page of Intel’s new Classmate PC, Classmate PC, and did an investigation into the content.

The machines are similar in that each has 256 megabytes of dynamic memory, and a Flash (no moving parts) disk. The Intel processor is twice as fast and the larger model has a larger disk (2GB) instead of the 1GB also used by the XO. Each weighs about 1.5 kilograms, or three pounds. Here are the notable hardware differences:

* The Classmate has no builtin video camera; the XO does.
* The Classmate batteries are good for 4 hours, the XO’s for over twenty.
* The Classmate has a wireless receiver; the XO has a wireless receiver AND a wireless transmitter.
* The Classmate display is 800 (H) by 400 (V); the XO display is 1200 (H) by 900 (V).

To me the main hardware difference is that the XO has a video camera and a wireless transmitter, not just a receiver.

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Also: OLPC Considering 'Give One, Get One' Offer in Europe

And: Followup from Intel on the OLPC debacle

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