Intel has pulled the wraps off a couple new computing devices aimed at the education environment. The new devices include the 10-inch Intel Education Tablet and the 10-inch Intel classmate PC. Both of the devices are designed to be rugged enough to survive the rough and tumble school days with kids. They can both survive drops of 70cm.
The products are also both water and dust resistant. The Education Tablet runs Android 4.2 and has rubber bumpers on the sides to make it easier to hold. It also features a stylus and a power button that is hard to press accidentally. The tablet runs on an Intel Atom Z2520 processor and has front and rear cameras.
The tablet can also be fitted with optional 3G connectivity and promises 12 hours of use per charge. Graphics for the tablet are handled via Intel GMA and it supports full HD video. Two of the coolest features are snap on magnifying lens and a thermal probe to help kids learn. The classmate PC is a 10-inch machine that runs Windows 8.1 with an Intel Celeron N2806 processor.
A version of the classmate PC with Windows 7 and one with Linux using an Intel Celeron N2805 CPU will be available later this year. The machine can be optioned with a touchscreen and it has a rotatable camera allows kids to create video content with the device. The classmate PC is the first device based on the classmate PC reference design and will be available this month in the US and other countries.