Chip maker Intel has unveiled the Education 2 in 1 device at the 2014 Intel Solutions Summit in Denmark.
It’s designed to transform from a laptop that students can use to create reports and presentations to a tablet for use on field trips or for collecting data on the go.
The device has front-facing and rear-facing cameras, a dual-docking mode which lets students have the tablet screen face them when using the keyboard or face their peers for collaborative work.
The Intel Education 2 in 1 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, runs Windows 8.1 and provides up to 7.8 hours of battery life as a tablet and an optional three hours when docked.
It features a snap-on magnification lens that works with apps included in the software suite such as the Intel Education Lab Camera for viewing and measuring microscopic and macroscopic items. It also includes a temperature sensor probe.
The computer can withstand drops of up to 70 cm and is water and dust resistant. It also includes McAfee Antivirus Plus and the Kno app, which gives students and teachers access to a global digital content library of more than 225,000 educational titles.
“As a result of our work with educators around the world, Intel understands the need for engaging, student-centered learning in order to drive student success in school and beyond,” said John Galvin, vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group at Intel and general manager of Intel Education.
“With our new Intel Education 2 in 1, students have a tablet when they want it and a laptop when they need it. This gives educators the flexibility to create a more interactive, collaborative learning experience for their students.”
Intel also reiterated its ambition to quadruple tablet chip volume this year to 40 million units at its 2014 Intel Solutions Summit.
Maurits Tichelman, GM of Intel’s worldwide reseller channel said there’s a ‘significant change’ coming for Intel tablets.
"We were late [to the tablet market] but a lot has changed [since then]," he said. "We want to go after 40 million units this year. Of that 40 million, we expect a third to flow through the channel."
Christian Morales, VP and GM, EMEA, added that EMEA represented 43 per cent of Intel tablets sold in 2013, with the region normally representing approximately a third.