Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has introduced a convertible Education 2 in 1 laptop for classrooms, which lets students detach the screen from the keyboard and use it as a tablet. The chip maker has tried to penetrate the education industry by launching classmate Netbook, the study book and Education tablets, but the new product is a combination of all these.
A device for students
The screen of the laptop can be reverse to show the content displayed to the whole class. The convertible laptop contains the stylus with which the kids could easily input the content. Accessories like snap-on magnifying lens and a temperature sensors probe are also available with the tablet.
Like other accessories, the probe can be used with SPARKvue, a tool compatible with the Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) education software suite. The Intel laptop has the Kno app for interactive note taking, and an Education Lab Camera by Intellisense enabling the 5 megapixel rear facing camera. Education 2 in 1 laptop will have McAfee Antivirus Plus. Schools can offer services like Computrace to the device through a service provider.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) Education laptop has a 1,366×768 10-inch touch screen and runs on an Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core processor. The laptop has a 2GB of RAM with 32 GB and 64 GB hard drive versions available. The laptop has the Windows 8.1 operating system. Battery life is around 8 hours, according to Intel with an extra three hours on port.
Intel claims that the device is built with the consideration that kids will mishandle it. So, it has a drop resistance of 70cm along with water and dust resistance to meet the IP51 standard. Price and availability of the device is not known yet, but the Education laptop would have competitors like Dell, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Lenovo and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Intel earnings preview
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is expected to post its first quarter 2014 earnings on April 14, after the market close. In a report dated April 10, Goldman Sachs analysts are expecting increased sales above the guidance of $12.8 billion (mid point), which is a 7% decline quarter over quarter.
Goldman Sachs analysts underlined a few items to watch in the upcoming earnings update like details on the capital expenditure, as Intel has hiked its investment amount by almost 2 times the depreciation amount. More information on data center, in the second half of the year, especially after the launch of Grantley servers, and mobile strategy will be other important topics to watch.