Intel has announced it's latest attempt at a tablet geared toward young students. Intel calls it the Studybook.
Tablets are fast becoming the go-to solution for educational environments. Many schools are considering using iPads in the classroom. For example, in Shrewsbury, MA the district has selected 50 middle-school students to test pilot iPads as an educational resource. Given the long history Apple has with primary and secondary schools, Intel, and other tablet manufacturers are under pressure to compete in the education market.
The Studybook tablet is made from one piece of plastic and has shock absorbers around the 7" 1024x600 touchscreen. Intel claims that the tablet can safely be dropped from the height of a student desk without breaking. The touchscreen tablet runs on Intel's Atom Z650 processor. Depending on the model, it will run either Windows 7 or Android. Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel's Education Market Platform Group, says:
"An Intel studybook offers students limitless opportunities to enhance their learning experience. Expanding the Intel Learning Series portfolio of affordable, purpose-built educational devices brings us closer to our vision of enabling more students and teachers to participate in high quality education."
The tablet will ship with 1GB of DDR2 memory. The solid state hard drive capacity will come in four sizes: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. In addition a micro-SD card slot will allow users more storage space. The tablet also has a USB port for connection with a computer or other device. Both the Windows and Android versions will be Wi-Fi enable; however, only the Android version will be 3G-capable.
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