Intel recently announced two Tablets running on Android, with 7-inch and 10-inch display. These tablets are primarily targeted towards the education sector, thus students and teachers will get some pretty useful stuff to enhance their learning.
Since we’re bringing technology to almost every field today, and education sector isn’t left out either. Giving tablet to students means that you’re providing them with practically unlimited source of knowledge. It’s 21st century and education is not limited to a classroom anymore. With this vision, Intel Education Tablets feature everything a student needs. Both 7-inch and 10-inch tablets powered by Android have Intel Education Software preloaded. Before moving on to specifications of both tablets, let’s take a look at the Intel Education Software package and what’s in it for you.
Intel Education Software
“Intel® Education Software is a customized package of industry-leading hardware, software, services, and support designed to work reliably together, delivered by local vendors to meet local needs.These applications are selected by Intel based on educational and technical evaluations and come preloaded as part of Intel® Education Solutions.”
It enables teachers to manage their classrooms effectively, and students can develop their skills by exploring, interpreting and collaborating with the applications included in the package. Let’s take a quick look at individual applications included in the suite.
Kno Textbooks: Electronic textbooks which are regularly updated and allows you to learn rich content. Since it’s regularly updated, it’s always relevant, plus embedded videos and 3D models enhances your learning experience.
Intel Education Resources: It includes digital learning objects by skoool, Khan Academy math and science videos, British Council English language learning resources, and some other collections of literacy resources by Intel.
Education Lab Camera by Intellisense: It enables multi-faceted, easy-to-access scientific experiments through time-lapse imagery capture, a microscope, pathfinder analysis, universal logger, kinematics, and motion triggering. It makes abstract concepts tangible for students, and also improves problem-solving and critical thinking abilities.
Education Media Camera: Just like a normal camera application of any phone/tablet, Media Camera lets you capture images or record videos. You can also perform some basic editing functions like, photo resize, rotate, annotate, etc.
ArtRage: It’s an easy-to-use painting and drawing tool for students, which lets them paint their imagination using some artistic tools and effects. Unlike other popular drawing tools, you can invest more time in drawing since you don’t need to learn any complex program.
Classroom Management: Following the concept of eLearning, this application enables teachers to directly interact with students in an effective way. Teachers can manage a single student, a group or entire class’ activities from one application on their tablet. They can also deliver content, monitor students, manage assignments, send files to selected students or entire class, and chat individually with each student.
SPARKvue: It’s like a mini-laboratory in your hands. You can attach optional external sensors and use in-built sensors to analyze things like temperature, acceleration, light, magnetic fields, etc. This application comes with 60 preloaded labs, and allows teachers to create custom labs too.
Other Applications: Theft Deterrent, McAfee Mobile Security, MyScript Notes, MyScript Stylus, etc.
7-inch Education Tablet
Coming to specifications, the 7-inch tablet features display resolution of 1024×600 (16:9 aspect ratio; pixel density 170 PPI) powered by 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Processor Z2420 and 1 GB RAM. It runs on Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) and provides other common features like WiFi, MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth v3.0 with EDR (optional), GPS, accelerometer, eCompass, and ambient light sensor. It has a battery of 4200 mAh, which can power the device for up to 7.8 hours with WiFi turned off, and Camera is 0.3 MP VGA (front) and 2 MP (rear).
10-inch Education Tablet
The 10-inch variant is running of Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is rather amusing and disappointing since 3 new versions of Android have been rolled out since ICS. The processor is 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460, RAM 1 GB, 16 GB internal storage and no MicroSD slot. Display resolution is 1280 x 800 (16:10 aspect ratio), which brings down the pixel density to 150 PPI. But hey! There’s a stylus included in the package. There’s a massive 6600 mAh battery, but the battery backup is comparatively low (up to 6.5 hours). Blame the huge display maybe? Intel claims that it’s water resistant, and the camera is same as the 7-inch version. There’s no GPS and eCompass either.
Intel Education Tablets Specifications
|7-inch Tablet||10-inch Tablet|
|Dimensions||200mm x 122mm x 9.95mm||272mm x 174mm x 13.2mm|
|Weight||355 grams||689 grams|
|Display||7-inch LCD||10.1-inch LCD|
|Display Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels (170 PPI)||1280 x 800 pixels (150 PPI)|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420||1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||8 GB (expandable via MicroSD)||16 GB (not expandable)|
|Operating System||Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR||WiFi, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR|
|Camera||2.0 MP (rear); 0.3 MP VGA (front)||2.0 MP (rear); 0.3 MP VGA (front)|
|Battery||4200 mAh (up to 7.8 hours)||6600 mAh (up to 6.5 hours)|
|Durability||60 cm drop, IP41, water resistant||50 cm drop, IP41, water resistant|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass||Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer|
There’s no official word about pricing and availability yet. We can’t even say if it’ll be out for general public or it’s just for educational institutions only. If anything comes up, we’ll keep you posted.