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Intel Hopes Its New Tablet Will Go to the Head of the Class

When it comes to the consumer and business markets, Intel is content to put its chips in other people’s devices. In education, though, Intel has gotten into the hardware business itself.

The chipmaker has already sold 7 million of its rugged Classmate PCs, and now it is taking aim at tablets. On Monday, it announced the Studybook, a 7-inch tablet capable of running either Windows 7 or Android.

Intel’s tablet packs a multitouch LCD screen, front and rear cameras, light sensor and, of course, an Intel Atom processor. Other features include 1 gigabyte of memory and up to 32GB of solid-state storage.

And, since it’s aimed at students, it’s designed to be dust- and water-resistant, and able to withstand a pretty good-sized drop.

Intel isn’t alone in going after this market, of course. In addition to the traditional PC and tablet makers, the One Laptop Per Child project has taken aim at the same area. OLPC also got its start in rugged laptops, and is moving on to tablets.


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