Intel is updating its line of education-oriented tablet and notebook reference designs with its first 2-in-1 device. The Intel Education 2-in-1 looks a bit like the Classmate PC convertible netbooks of yesteryear, but instead of a notebook with a hinge that lets you twist the screen around for tablet use, the 2-in-1 is a tablet with a detachable keyboard base.
The Intel Education 2-in-1 tablet features a 10.1 inch display, an Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core Bay Trail processor, and runs Windows 8.1 software.
Intel says the tablet gets up to 7.8 hours of battery life. There’s a second battery in the keyboard dock, which brings the total run time closer to 11 hours when you use the 2-in-1 in laptop mode.
Students can dock the tablet to the keyboard so that the screen is facing the keys for use as a laptop. But they can also flip around the tablet so the screen is facing away from the keyboard, allowing you to use the dock as a sort of stand and extra battery while using the touchscreen instead of the keyboard.
Like other Intel Education notebook and tablet designs, the 2-in-1 features a rugged case that’s water and dust resistant and able to withstand a fall of about 28 inches.
Intel’s tablet has front and rear cameras, and works with accessories including a snap-on magnification lens that can work with Intel’s education software and a temperature probe. There’s also a stylus that students can use to write notes or make drawings. It fits into a slot on the side of the tablet.