The using of laptops and tablets as multi-purpose educational devices hasn’t really spread like the wildfire we hoped for, but at least we’re seeing more and more big names of the PC and mobile industry offering solutions for forward-thinking schools.
The latest is Intel, a company primarily known for manufacturing semiconductor chips, but that’s apparently taken upon itself to build a couple of Android tablets from the ground up. And these are not even the first, with a little thing called the Studybook being unveiled back in April 2012.
But let’s not dig up the past, because sadly we heard very little about the Studybook following its formal intro and we’re guessing that goes double for students of all ages. The new Intel “Education Tablets”, who don’t have fancy names, look like they could provide the perfect balance between portability, affordability and functionality.
There’s a 7-inch fellow running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 10-incher that’s oddly stuck on the dated 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Both slates come with pre-loaded Intel Education Software and they also have capacitive stylus support (built-in on the 10-incher and optional for the smaller tab).
As far as actual performance goes, you shouldn’t expect the two to be groundbreaking in any way, but at least they come with all the basics. Meaning they have dual cameras (2 MP/0.3 MP), 1 GB of RAM each, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, a micro USB port and microSD support.
The 10-incher boasts the slightly better screen (1,280 x 800 pixels vs. 1,024 x 600) and double the storage of its little brother (16 and 8 GB respectively), but in terms of battery life the 7-incher is actually better rated (8 hours vs. just 6 and a half).
That’s of course due to the bigger tab packing extra oomph, courtesy of the higher-res panel and an Intel Atom Z2460 processor. Meanwhile, the 7-inch slate runs on an Atom Z2420 CPU. To wrap it all up, let’s mention both educational-focused tabs come with pre-loaded McAfee Mobile Security and are fairly robust, being resistant to water and drops.
Not too shabby, but in lack of official pricing details it’s impossible to predict whether or not Intel will find any schools to partner with. Also, don’t expect to see this duo up on store shelves for the wide public, because that’s never going to happen.