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Intel Officially Introduces 7-Inch "Studybook" Tablet

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Now classrooms can use durable Atom-based tablets thanks to Intel's Learning Series of devices.

On Tuesday Intel officially introduced the Studybook tablet, a new addition to its Intel Learning Series. It features specialized, classroom-ready applications and a rugged design to withstand rough adolescent handling. The company has also added Teacher PC criteria for Ultrabook and Notebook systems for a seamless e-learning classroom experience.

Under the hood, the new kid-friendly tablet is powered by Intel's Atom Z650 processor. It also has a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with a default resolution of 1024 x 600 (16:9), an optional 0.3MP front-facing camera, an optional 2.0MP rear-facing camera, integrated audio, and either Windows 7 or Android 3.x "Honeycomb" environments.

Also on the spec list is 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, between 4 GB and 32 GB of internal storage, depending on your budget, an accelerometer and an optional light sensor. Slots include one USB port, one microSD card slot, one opening for a 3G card, audio out, optional HDMI output and more. Connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n, optional 3G and optional Bluetooth. Security consists of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-based Intel Learning Series theft deterrent solution.

"The rugged tablet reference design is constructed from a single piece of plastic and includes shock-absorbers around the screen," Intel said on Tuesday. "It is designed to withstand accidental drops from a standard student desk and is also water- and dust- resistant. Young students, often owners of slippery fingers can learn and have fun in and out of the classroom with reduced stress for parents and teachers concerned about damage."

Educational software pre-installed on the Studybook includes classroom management, LabCam applications that support scientific inquiry, and an optimized e-reader. There's also collaboration software providing a student-friendly interface so that both teachers and students can collaborate within the classroom electronically.

"An Intel studybook offers students limitless opportunities to enhance their learning experience," said Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel’s Education Market Platform Group. "Expanding the Intel Learning Series portfolio of affordable, purpose-built educational devices brings us closer to our vision of enabling more students and teachers to participate in high quality education."

Currently, more than 7 million students worldwide are using Intel classmate PCs. However the hardware and software elements of an Intel Studybook have been piloted in more than 2,000 classrooms in 36 countries. Its infrastructure is tailored to individual geographies in terms of content, cultural relevance, and language, Intel said.

Parties interested in purchasing Intel's Learning Series products for a classroom or home schooling can head here for providers.

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    joytech22 , April 11, 2012 12:47 AM
    sidkofmy best friend's sister makes $77 hourly on the internet

    On the internet... Probably by showing pictures of herself. You mad son?

    Now.. Back on topic..
    It would be nice if they made these for things OTHER than educational purposes.
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    lahawzel , April 11, 2012 12:12 AM
    "It is designed to withstand accidental drops from a standard student desk and is also water- and dust- resistant."

    Why isn't this standard for tablets nowadays? I'd take ruggedness over "extremely innovative and original features" like 2048x1536 screens any day.
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    mb2bm55 , April 11, 2012 12:25 AM
    "rough adolescent handling..."

    LOl wanted to be the first one to quote that. Hopefully this phrasing doesn't catch on with big corporations
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    atikkur , April 11, 2012 12:32 AM
    is this x86? will x86 applications run on it?
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    joytech22 , April 11, 2012 12:47 AM
    sidkofmy best friend's sister makes $77 hourly on the internet

    On the internet... Probably by showing pictures of herself. You mad son?

    Now.. Back on topic..
    It would be nice if they made these for things OTHER than educational purposes.
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    mcd023 , April 11, 2012 12:57 AM
    The Atom processor is x86 and with the Win7 (which is x86 only), you should be able to run all x86 applications. It is also, therefore, ready for Win8
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    zhihao50 , April 11, 2012 1:08 AM
    Depends on your expectation of performance. It will run x86 program, just not well. Metro apps might be more suitable.
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    mcd023 , April 11, 2012 1:13 AM
    am i the only one that thinks that maybe a 4:3 aspect ration might be better for this purpose? well, of course, doing so invites lawsuits from Apple
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    ProDigit10 , April 11, 2012 1:21 AM
    omg;intel 'invents' something the chinese have been producing for the past 5 years!
    I don't like the name and will never call it that!

    It's just a 7" tablet, no need for a different name, than an 8 or 10" version of it!
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    shin0bi272 , April 11, 2012 2:36 AM
    You know Im no fan of apple but if they were to add gorilla glass 2 to their ipad no one would be complaining. Will they ever do that no of course not... but if a frog had wings...


    And the Z650 doesnt do 64bit like the higher end models... not that you NEED 64bit on a tablet but if you have a chip that can do it why not use it?
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    notsleep , April 11, 2012 2:53 AM
    i stopped reading at 'Atom-based tablet...' :( 
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    alyoshka , April 11, 2012 3:30 AM
    They really need to call a 7 inch thingy something else and not a Tablet :( 
    But the jobs a sweet looking all in one sort of thing for the kids. Hopefully it ought to be cheap enough for the poorest of people to afford and then........... bang. It'll see sales like nothing before.
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2012 4:34 AM
    It will run x86 apps just fine. Jesus people. It isn't a gaming platform. Apps like Excel and Word and simple little classroom type apps and web apps will run fine on it. It is made for simple stuff, not super complex stuff. This is tablet hardware.
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    archange , April 11, 2012 6:24 AM
    Given the measly specs, I fully expect it's battery to hold for at least 6 hours. Otherwise, there will be new popular sports in schools:

    - Battle for the Socket
    - King of the Plug
    - Power Masters
    - Cord Champions
    - Infinite Adapter
    - ...

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    Zingam_Duo , April 11, 2012 6:26 AM
    mcd023am i the only one that thinks that maybe a 4:3 aspect ration might be better for this purpose? well, of course, doing so invites lawsuits from Apple


    Wow and how is 4:3 more than 16:10 or even 16:9?
    4:3=1.333333...
    16:10=1.6
    and because of 1.6 > 1.3 thus 16:10 = 4:3 :D 

    You have no clue what you are talking about do you? If 22" at 16:9 is not big enough for you just get a bigger display with higher resolution, you smart guy!
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    atikkur , April 11, 2012 6:36 AM
    maybe xp much more suitable for this hardware.. but really, x86 tablet much more interesting (to me) than arm based. because i can program it myself, so much more freedom and much more functional. think this tablet and tandem with desktop,, you need no wii-u anymore... hehe. just look forward for atom get more matured.
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    EDVINASM , April 11, 2012 9:31 AM
    Fek this Intel project. Available in selected classroms and all. I am studying part time and don't have €1000 to spend on ultrabooks or €500 on any other cheapo Android stuff. Where is a sub €500 touchscreen notebook with pen support running Windows 7? And don't give me Acer crap..
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    archange , April 11, 2012 10:01 AM
    @edvinasm

    I have an Acer W500 since summer 2011. I find it hugely useful, although it's true, it misses a pen or a digitizer. I had Win8 Dev Preview on it and now runs Win8 Consumer. If u get over the shock of Metro and the half-baked apps (which can be disabled) it makes a better (faster) OS for it.
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    EDVINASM , April 11, 2012 11:50 AM
    archange@edvinasmI have an Acer W500 since summer 2011. I find it hugely useful, although it's true, it misses a pen or a digitizer. I had Win8 Dev Preview on it and now runs Win8 Consumer. If u get over the shock of Metro and the half-baked apps (which can be disabled) it makes a better (faster) OS for it.


    I just have this fear of ACER, HP and Toshiba. For a reason in most cases (no offence to anyone). Lenovo went the right direction towards it but it feels that there is just not enough demand for that type of product. No wonder it did not pick up that fast, tablets with functions I need still cost ~€1000.
    Windows 8 is no probs for me. I have Windows Phone 7.5 and kind of got used to it. As for tabs on PC they will have to go definitely as I need to multi-task better and faster (excel and word multiple files open anyone?). Rumour has it that once Windows 8 spreads these types of devices (that I am looking for) will become popular.
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    math1337 , April 11, 2012 12:45 PM
    archange@edvinasmI have an Acer W500 since summer 2011. I find it hugely useful, although it's true, it misses a pen or a digitizer. I had Win8 Dev Preview on it and now runs Win8 Consumer. If u get over the shock of Metro and the half-baked apps (which can be disabled) it makes a better (faster) OS for it.


    Totally right. Just uninstall the metro apps, and Win8 is good to go.
    I don't know what those guys were smoking when they decided that metro was "good" for touch. It's not.
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    dreadlokz , April 11, 2012 2:03 PM
    low specs, but at least this table is usefull!
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