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Intel Officially Introduces 7-Inch "Studybook" Tablet

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.

  • lahawzel
    "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
    "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
    is this x86? will x86 applications run on it?
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  • joytech22
    sidkofmy best friend's sister makes $77 hourly on the internetOn 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    i stopped reading at 'Atom-based tablet...' :(
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