Intel has developed two new tablets designed specifically for classroom use. The pair of Android devices are powered by the company’s Atom processor and are relatively low-end. Oddly, the battery life of these devices is quite bad, even on paper, so we imagine they’re going to be super affordable for school districts.
The smaller – and likely cheaper – 7-inch model comes equipped with a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1024 x 600-pixel display, 8GB of storage, built in speaker and mic, front and rear cameras and a non-removable eight-hour battery. Meanwhile, the 10.1-inch tablet packs in 16GB of storage but only promises 6.5 hours of battery life, a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1280 x 800-pixel display, front and rear cameras, built-in speaker and microphone, and a stylus. Both tablets also ship with Intel’s education software.
Intel’s recent announcement shows how the company is trying to carve at a share of the education market as more and more classrooms choose lightweight tablets over heavy textbooks. The Los Angeles school board recently voted to supply its 640,000 students with new iPads by the end of 2014. Microsoft has also targeted schools, offering bulk orders for the Surface RT at a considerable discount.