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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 14th Aug 2013



by Dan Worth  13th August 2013 - V3.co.uk

Intel has unveiled two reference design Android tablets powered by its Atom chip, which are aimed at education markets as it seeks to increase its presence in the tablet market.

The 10in tablet runs on the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version of the Android operating system and is powered by a dual-core Atom Z2460 processor. It weighs 689g and its battery life is said to be around 6.5 hours.

The 7in version uses a single-core Z2420 processor and is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet has eight hours of battery life and weighs 385g. Both tablets have McAfee Mobile Security tools built in and have shock absorbers to protect them from damage.

Both devices also feature a 0.3MP front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera, a stylus, and integrated speakers and microphones. They also come with Intel’s Education Software suite including an e-reader tool, painting tools and a data analysis application.

John Galvin, general manager of Intel Education, said that by introducing the device the firm was underlining its commitment to helping improve education through technology.

"Intel remains committed to helping teachers and students achieve better results through the development of complete solutions that span the hardware, software and digital content required for a 21st-century learning experience," he said. "The tablet we are introducing is one additional step in a 10-year journey.

Intel will be hoping the reference designs are taken up by its hardware manufacturing partners to help it increase its share of the market in the mobile and tablet space, where it has seen competition from Apple and Android devices powered by ARM-chips leap ahead.

The firm unveiled the Medfield, a reference design for smartphone devices, at the start of 2012, in order to try and encourage partners to build devices on top of its chips. Motorola was one firm to take up the challenge, with its Razr device.

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