Intel announces Windows 7/Android-based Studybook

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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I think people are completely missing the point. It's not supposed to look sleek and sexy or have tons of horsepower. It's just a cheap device that schools can integrate into the curriculum. It aims to solve the problems that normal consumer products would present.

Salutary7 said,
I think people are completely missing the point. It's not supposed to look sleek and sexy or have tons of horsepower. It's just a cheap device that schools can integrate into the curriculum. It aims to solve the problems that normal consumer products would present.

Cheap doesn't mean it should look like a turd to screamingly emphasize that really is cheap.
Besides, it doesn't mention price anywhere. Intel and cheap? You're confusing something.

Salutary7 said,
I think people are completely missing the point. It's not supposed to look sleek and sexy or have tons of horsepower. It's just a cheap device that schools can integrate into the curriculum. It aims to solve the problems that normal consumer products would present.

Cheap? Atom or not You'll already pay half of the price of that thing for the name "Intel"

Phouchg said,
Ugly and underpowered. Why no Cedar Trail? And misequipped. Windows 7 will suck on this.

I got news for you, Android sucks just as bad on Atom processors as well.

UndergroundWire said,

I got news for you, Android sucks just as bad on Atom processors as well.

Nuts with Android. For things other than content consumption, given the choice, I'd take laggy Windows over blingidy-bling Android any day for any number of reasons.
How does one operate Windows 7 on 7-inch screen, though? Well, that begs the question - how does anybody do anything serious on these fad devices...

I'd say price is the reason why they made it so crappy, but I doubt Intel will want to sell it cheap.

Phouchg said,

Nuts with Android. For things other than content consumption, given the choice, I'd take laggy Windows over blingidy-bling Android any day for any number of reasons.
How does one operate Windows 7 on 7-inch screen, though? Well, that begs the question - how does anybody do anything serious on these fad devices...

I'd say price is the reason why they made it so crappy, but I doubt Intel will want to sell it cheap.


Windows 7 actually has pretty okay touch support - the Taskbar and even Explorer is extremely easy to use with touch. It's just that most of the traditional desktops apps aren't designed for touch.

Why out-of-date Windows and Android? I know Windows 8 hasn't launched but delaying the product till then would have been smart.

thealexweb said,
Why out-of-date Windows and Android? I know Windows 8 hasn't launched but delaying the product till then would have been smart.

Android is Outdated? It's only been in the mainstream for about 3 1/2 years and they refreshed the UI in December. Windows has been out A LOT longer and as an Android is much "lighter."

UndergroundWire said,

Android is Outdated? It's only been in the mainstream for about 3 1/2 years and they refreshed the UI in December. Windows has been out A LOT longer and as an Android is much "lighter."

lighter? ill wait untill win8 releases RTM,but somehow im quite sure win8 outperforms android on ARM systems.

Shadowzz said,
lighter? ill wait untill win8 releases RTM,but somehow im quite sure win8 outperforms android on ARM systems.

In terms of multitasking? Sure, you are right.

UndergroundWire said,

Android is Outdated? It's only been in the mainstream for about 3 1/2 years and they refreshed the UI in December. Windows has been out A LOT longer and as an Android is much "lighter."

No, he means why an out of date version of Android? Android 4.0 is for tablets too. And is much better than 3.0

McKay said,

No, he means why an out of date version of Android? Android 4.0 is for tablets too. And is much better than 3.0

Quite frankly the best tablet is the iPad. My personal opinion.

thealexweb said,
Why out-of-date Windows and Android? I know Windows 8 hasn't launched but delaying the product till then would have been smart.

In all likelihood they are working on Win8 versions as well. But the OS won't be released in time for this school year, so it's a bit of a moot point for this particular product.

UndergroundWire said,

Android is Outdated? It's only been in the mainstream for about 3 1/2 years and they refreshed the UI in December. Windows has been out A LOT longer and as an Android is much "lighter."

No! Why you Android 3.0 when 4.0 is out and stable.

UndergroundWire said,

Quite frankly the best tablet is the iPad. My personal opinion.

Even some opinions can be wrong!
/trollhat

Why Windows 7?? Windows 8 running custom metro apps would be a far more appropriate studybook, also the touch support in Windows 8 is leagues above 7.

McKay said,
Why Windows 7?? Windows 8 running custom metro apps would be a far more appropriate studybook, also the touch support in Windows 8 is leagues above 7.

Windows 8 Metro apps have a minimum resolution requirement of 1024 x 768, this tablet has a resolution of 1024 x 600. It is quite unfortunate that Intel chose a resolution that just barely fails the minimum requirements.