Intel Launches Studybook Tablet

Intel has launched a new class of devices called the Studybook tablets which is in essence a Classmate PC with a touchscreen display rather than a keyboard.

The semiconductor giant claims that more than seven million Classmate PCs have been shipped to students with hardware and software partners in excess of 500 present in 70 countries worldwide.

The Studybook is a 7-inch tablet that will cost between $199 and $299 and like its Classmate counterpart, comes with a sturdy plastic design that is shock proof (surviving drops of up to 70cm on concrete) and splashproof.

It runs on an Intel Atom Oak Trail processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB and a 4GB SSD plus has a 7-inch 1,024 by 600 pixels display.

Other features include Wi-Fi, a 0.3-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, USB 2.0, microSD card slot and either Android 3.0 Honeycomb or Windows 7.

The latter will arrive in a few weeks time while while the seemingly cheaper Android model will come by September just in time for the back-to-school period.

The tablet will come with a number of bundled applications including an e-reader, digital textooks by Kno.com and much more.