Intel wants a piece of the big education market which is still dominated by Apple despite the iPad being one of the most expensive tablets (if not the most expensive) out there. To that end the chip maker announce two Android tablets, both (obviously) sporting Atom chips.
The first device has a 7-inch screen with 1024×600 pixels resolution, Atom Z2420 chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, dual cameras and 8GB of internal storage. The tablet is also IP41-certified making sure it will keep working even after accidental exposure to dust and water.
The other tablet has a faster Atom Z2420 processor running at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280×800 screen, dual cameras, and double the storage for a total of 16 gigs. And again, the device is resistant to water and dust.
As you can see, these Intel Education Tablets aren’t made to crush the benchmarks, but to offer an affordable alternative to Samsung’s and Apple’s products. Intel made sure users get a ton of useful preloaded software with both devices, including e-reader and notes applications, painting tools, laboratory experiments, as well as the software that allows teachers to manage the class’ activities. McAfee Mobile Security is there to keep the malware away, while Intel’s Education Theft Deterrent makes the slates harder to be stolen. Plus, few accessories will be available alongside the tablet like a temperature probe and a magnification lens that snaps on the rear camera.
Intel failed to mention when these tablets will start selling but I doubt they’ll be available for the general public. Rather the chip maker will likely sell them directly to colleges and universities across the world.