Intel recently showcased its Education 2-in-1 reference design in India which allows OEMs to create durable hybrid devices which can be used as a laptop or tablet. The convertible is being targeted at students and it will enable low-cost solutions with performance driven hardware.
The Intel Education 2-in-1 reference design runs on Windows 8.1 which as you probably know, is free provided OEMs supply it with Bing as the default search engine. As mentioned above, the device can be used as a standalone tablet or in a laptop form factor when docked. Users will also be able to position the PC in stand mode as well, by reversing the dock where the keyboard goes to the back. Design-wise, the device is crafted to take a beating.
Not only is it IP51 certified water- and dust- resistant, but can also withstand falls from a height of 70cm. The tablet comes with a housing for a stylus pen, while the keyboard dock offers a trackpad and an optional battery which can provided an added 3 hours of activity. Speaking of which, the device can deliver up to 7.8 hours of battery life with the 7600mAh cell. An Intel Atom Z3740D processor clocked at 1.8GHz is fitted on the inside along with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of storage. Along with a 64GB compatible microSD card slot, the tablet is also preloaded with Intel’s Education software suite and McAfee AntiVirus Plus amongst others.
It isn’t clear which OEMs are currently working with Intel’s Education 2-in-1 reference design and there’s no information on how much the hybrids will retail for.