Mobile Computing | Bett 2014 Coverage
Intel Reveals Android-Powered Education Tablet, New Classmate PC Reference Designs
Intel has debuted a new 10-inch tablet reference design tailored specifically for education. The Intel Education Tablet features a dual-core Atom processor and runs the Android operating system. The company has also unveiled its new thinner, lighter Classmate PC clamshell reference design.
Intel's reference designs are used by third-party manufacturers, which produce the devices themselves.
The Intel Education Tablet is a 10.1-inch device powered by a dual-core, 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor. It includes 1 GB or 2 GB of LPDDR2 memory and 8 GB to 32 GB of eMMC storage. It runs the Android 4.2 operating system.
The Intel Education Tablet reference design
Other features include:
- 1,280 x 800 screen resolution;
- 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi support and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
- Optional near-field and 3G communications;
- An active stylus;
- 12-hour battery life;
- Front and rear cameras (1.2 megapixel front, 5 megapixel rear);
- A 30x snap-on magnification lens;
- Thermal probe;
- USB and HDMI ports; and
- A micro SD card slot for storage expansion.
The device is also ruggedized with 70 cm drop-resistance and an IP52 rating (for resistance to dust and water).
The latest Classmate PC clamshell design
The latest iteration of the Classmate PC clamshell features a thinner, lighter form factor than its predecessors. The 10-inch device is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor N2806 and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1. (A second design running on an Intel Celeron processor N2805 will be available later. It will support Windows 7 and Linux.)
Other features of the latest Classmate PC include:
- A 10.1", 1,366 x 768 display;
- 2 GB or 4 GB of 1,066 MHz DDR3 memory;
- Up to 500 GB hard drive or 64 GB solid state drive;
- Rotating camera (1 megapixel);
- Retractable handle;
- USB 30, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports;
- A card reader;
- Support for WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0; and
- Optional TV tuner.
Like the Intel Education Tablet, the Classmate PC is ruggedized with 70 cm drop-resistance. Its keyboard and touch pad are designed to resist water.
Both devices come pre-loaded with Intel's suite of education software, which includes:
- Kno Textbooks;
- SPARKvue (data analysis for science and math);
- Intel Education Lab Camera by Intellisense (six software tools for measuring data captured by the camera);
- ArtRage (drawing and painting);
- eLearning by Mythware (productivity and collaboration);
- Foxit Mobile PDF;
- McAfee Mobile Security; and
- Various educational materials.
Both of the new designs are being shown off at the Bett 2014 conference, taking place this week in London. Intel is in booth B358.