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Intel's new Studybook tablet reignites rivalry with OLPC

Agam Shah | April 11, 2012
Intel on Tuesday announced a reference design for a new 7-inch education tablet.

Grant did not say if Intel would offer Windows 8 in future Studybooks. But for students seeking a touch interface, Android will be acceptable, Grant said.

For Intel, the developing market is a better launching point for its education tablets than the developed world, said Roger Kay , principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

"It's a promising area. Android tablets are an empty and less populated square in the matrix," Kay said, adding that Apple dominates the education market in the U.S. Apple recently launched the iBooks 2 tablet application for the iPad, which will bring multimedia textbooks to students.

Intel's Grant said that the StudyBook tablet is not relying on a cloud-based approach for learning as Internet connectivity can be spotty in developing countries. Instead, a lot of the content will be stored locally on tablets.

The Studybook has a two digital cameras, USB port, SIM card slot, mini-SD card slot, Wi-Fi and a HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port to connect the device to high-definition TVs. The Oak Trail processor is capable of handling high-definition video playback.

 

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