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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 and much more.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.