Intel has been pushing its Ultrabook notebook design for some time now, but today the chip maker has announced plans to help create a tablet. This product won't be aimed at consumers but rather the educational market. It's called the Studybook and the seven inch notebook is designed to run either Windows 7 or Android 3.0 operating systems.
According to Intel's press release:
The rugged tablet reference design is constructed from a single piece of plastic and includes shock-absorbers around the screen. 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.
Intel's Studybook product web page offers up some more information about the device. It would run on Intel's low powered Atom Z650 processor and have 1 GB of memory. The Studybook would have a two megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. It would also have a USB port, a MicroSD card slot, a slot for an optional 3G card and and option to put in a mini-HDMI port. Storage space can vary on the Storybook with four, eight, 16 and 32 GB options available for the device.
While it can run either Windows or Android, Intel says it can also offer its own educational based software suite for the Studybook. The software would include feature such as an eReader, note taker and drawing tools. It would also have educational management software and an anti-theft program.
Other OEMs would make tablets based on the Studybook design but so far no pricing has been announced. There's also no word on when the first Storybook tablets will be released.
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