Kno made a bit of a splash when the company announced plans to introduce a monstrous touchscreen tablet style device with two 14 inch touchscreen displays. While Kno still plans to ship that tablet for students by the end of the year, the company today announced plans to launch something a little more traditional — which will also likely be a little smaller, lighter, and cheaper.

Kno’s new tablet will features a single 14.1 inch touchscreen display. While the dual screen version will run as much as $1,000, Kno plans to sell the single screen variant for less — although no final pricing has been announced yet. The goal is to ship both the single and dual screen tablets by year’s end.

You can find more images at TechCrunch and at Kno.com, but the long and short of it is that this tablet is clearly aimed at the education market and Kno is emphasizing the tablet’s features for reading eBooks, highlighting passages and jotting notes, drawing pictures, and writing with a stylus.

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5 replies on “Kno to launch 14 inch slate PC for the education market”

  1. Education-oriented tablets SHOULD have pen input for proper graphical note taking without a keyboard. So I don’t think that pen input is a death kiss for a tablet like this.

    Don’t take any of the silly statements of Steve Jobs like the ultimate truth.

  2. A screen this size will be able to show a A4/letter size pdf without having to shrink it. In comparison, even a 10″ display will have to shrink the page about 20%, resulting in letters that are about 2 sizes smaller then the page has layout for.

  3. A large slate faces an interesting identity crisis. On the one hand, a slate is really designed to be a hand held computer. Even some 12 inch tablets PCs tend to be a little cumbersome as hand helds, so it will be difficult to get that user experience right for something bigger. That’s generally why they don’t exist. On the other hand, when your screen is your input device, it really can’t be big enough. I’d never want a two foot long keyboard on my desk, but I’d love a two foot long tablet. Most tablet guys I know wish there 17-20 inch slate tablets. The closest we ever got was the Toshiba Tecra M7. Unless you only approach technology and news emotionally (like the addict that you’re supposed to be), you might remember the 15.6 inch ICD Vega tablet that was “suppose to come out soon”. That’s the type of device that I would have purchased, shortcomings and all, because there is no alternative, and it fills a felt need for me.

  4. I get a little excited everytime I hear about a tablet that is gonna come with pen input, but then I remember that it’s pretty much the kiss of death and that tablet will never come out…

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