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Intel announces the Studybook tablet

We're not sure how much of a success Intel's Classmate netbooks have been for Intel's partners, but now Intel has decided that it's time to expand its line of student friendly devices with the introduction of the Studybook tablet. The new device is a 7-inch tablet that can run either Android or Windows on what else than an Atom processor.

We're not sure how much of a success Intel's Classmate netbooks have been for Intel's partners, but now Intel has decided that it's time to expand its line of student friendly devices with the introduction of the Studybook tablet. The new device is a 7-inch tablet that can run either Android or Windows on what else than an Atom processor.

The Studybook will sport a single core 1.2GHz Atom Z650 CPU which is paired up with the SM35 chipset, as well as a massive 1GB of DDR2 memory. Storage will come in the shape of an "SSD" ranging from 4 to 32GB. The 7-inch display has a resolution of 1024×600 and there's a rear 2Megapixel camera as well as a front facing VGA resolution camera.

Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, a single USB port, a microSD card slot, an optional mini HDMI port, TPM support, an accelerometer and an optional light sensor as well as a speaker and a microphone.

Hardware wise this is hardly going to impress your average tablet owner, but the 525g tablet is built to withstand drops of up to 70cm and it's also splash and dust proof. Intel is also providing software to make it suitable for integration in educational environments such as an eReader, a note taker and more importantly various management tools for the teachers so that they can control what the students are allowed to access with their tablets.

Intel hasn't set a price point for the Studybook tablet, but is expecting it to retail for as low as US$200 depending on which features are being included. We're not sure how popular it'll be with schools though, although it's a fair amount cheaper and most likely a lot sturdier than investing in iPad's for younger students.

Source: Intel

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