Intel quietly announces new 7-inch and 10-inch Android tablets for education

by TabTimes Staff

August 6 2013

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is making a surprising play at schools with two new affordable 7-inch and 10-inch Android tablets.

The firm has started listing both devices on its website and a brief glimpse at the specs would seem to suggest that the tablets will be targeted at schools with not enough cash to buy Apple's iPad, Microsoft's Surface or News Corp's Amplify tablets.

Both tablets feature Intel Atom Z2460 processors (the 10-inch is 1.6Ghz, the 7-inch is 1.2GHz), dual-facing cameras (0.3MP on the front, 2MP on the rear) and come with 1GB of RAM.

That’s where the differences end however with the 7-inch model offering a fairly basis 1024 x 600 resolution and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the 10-inch tablet boasts a 1280 x 800 resolution display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The devices come bundled with some useful software, including Kno digital textbooks, Intellisense’s camera app and the PASCO SPARKvue science app. Intel also mentions “Classroom Management”, which is presumably for teachers to manage how these apps are used.

Despite announcing the new models, Intel is still to reveal price and availability details.

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  • John Swain
    1 year 2 months ago

    "Quietly" may be the operative word. There does not seem to be anything to get excited about. However, I am happy to see major manufacturers and industry leaders making a concerted effort to focus on education. A move toward inter-active education through the internet and a directional push to minimize the cost of printed books within the educational system may have the long-term benefit of weaning students away from the student loan industry. The sharks feeding behind benevolent help slogans entrap students to a life-long shackle of monetary chains. I'll favor a system of near free education for everyone, including graduate school.

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