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Last Friday, Intel & Neo officially launched the Neo Explore X1 in the Philippines. The Neo Explore is basically the retail version of Intel’s renowned Classmate PC.

Neo Explore
The Classmate PC is Intel’s entry into the market for low-cost personal computers for children, built specifically to suit their learning needs. If you will remember, Intel pulled out of the OLPC effort and came out of its own non-commercial version which is the Classmate PC.

Based on the announcement (from the invite sent to me) of the launching, this 7-inch laptop is primarily targeted towards kids so we can write off a potential Asus Eee PC competition. The specs are exactly similar to the Eee except for the pumped up 30GB storage. The official retail price is php16,998 but expect a few thousand pesos more once spotted on computer shops.

In a way, the Neo Explore is just a very expensive kid’s toy. Fort he same amount, parents can actually buy their kids a whole desktop PC.

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