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Intel unveils new Android tablet and Windows 8.1 laptop at Bett 2014

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by James Laird
, 22 Jan 2014News
Intel unveils new Android tablet and Windows 8.1 laptop at Bett 2014

Intel has unveiled a pair of new education-focused devices at Bett 2014, the 10in Intel Education Tablet and 10.1in Intel Classmate PC.

Showing off the products at the annual event, the company's VP of sales and marketing, John Galvin, emphasised the transformative power of technology.

"Education leaders everywhere are passionate about driving student achievement and encouraging lifelong learning. At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative. That's why we are focused on designing tools that bring learning to life, helping to make students more engaged. The result is a future where people have the skills they need for opportunity and growth," Galvin said.

Read more: World's biggest edtech event Bett 2014 kicks off in London

The 10in Education Tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and packs an Intel Atom Z2520 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, as well as offering optional 3G support, front and rear-facing cameras, 1080p video recording at 30fps, and a claimed battery life of 12 hour based on average usage.

For its part, Intel's new Classmate PC is touchscreen-optional Windows 8.1 laptop that features a Celeron N2806 processor and sports a rotatable camera on the top frame of the display. Both products feature ruggedised designs and are capable of withstanding drops equivalent to the height of a typical classroom desk, as well as being water and dust resistant. 

Intel was also keen to stress the range of education-specific functionality provided by the devices.. On the software front, there's Intel's Education Solutions suite, a package of tools and apps designed to help enhance both learning and teaching. In terms of hardware, the devices offer a snap-on magnification tool, temperature sensor (plugged into the audio jack), and built-in accelerometer.

Intel indicated that its Classmate PC would come available in Linux and Windows 7 versions later in the year. Pricing and availability details were not revealed to us at this stage but we'll keep you posted if we manage to glean any additional information.

Held 22-25 January at London's ExCeL Exhibition Center, Bett is the world's largest education technology event. This year's show saw UK education secretary Michael Gove open proceedings with a keynote address.

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