People looking for an OLPC XO laptop alternative will find the new Intel Classmate PC decent for their educational needs. The convertible netbook has recently been shown off and we learn that this new design is based around low power consumption, an Intel Atom processor, WiFi and optional 3G, GPS and WiMAX connectivity.

The 10.1 inch netbook is supposed to reach the hands of students all across the globe and its display supports a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Classmate’s keyboard is water and germ resistant, as well as the screen and touhpad, whole the chassis is shock and scratch resistant. The display section is able to swivel 180 degrees, turning the laptop into a tablet.

As far as the battery life is concerned, you get 8.5 hours of run time with the optional 6 cell unit.

[via slashgear]