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Tosh brings branded Classmate to Japan

Toshiba has branded a version of the intel-specced Classmate PC, the CM1 for launch in Japan.

The Atom-driven CM1 sports a rotating touch-screen display that can turn it from netbook to tablet with a twist, and is designed with wireless connectivity to electronic blackboards and classroom projectors in mind.

The device launches in Japan in August following an initiative from the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, which wants to equip all elementary and junior high school students with digital textbooks for 2015.

The CM1 combines Intel's Learning Series hardware reference design with Toshiba's 'ruggedised' design. It sports an Intel 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, a 160GB HDD and 2GB of memory, combined with a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution touch-screen display that supports pen and stylus input and rotates 180 degrees.

There's 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet, a rotary webcam and a pair of USB ports bundled up into a 'slip-resistant' rubber coating.

It apparently runs Windows 7 32-bit Professional Edition, which should slow that Atom processor down quite a bit.