Samsung has announced a new addition to its Galaxy range of tablets. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is the company's first tablet designed for use in schools and can be used at both primary and secondary levels. It will provide access to education-focused apps, books, and videos.
Samsung says the Galaxy Tab 4 Education has been designed to be durable and easy to manage, as well as providing easy access to digital learning resources. The company says it "allows teachers and students to connect, communicate, and collaborate while securing peace of mind for school administrators." We're taking that as bloated PR speak for "tablets in the classroom."
The device includes access to Google Play for Education, a specially-tailored version of the Android app store. Users can access a range of "teacher-approved" resources to enhance the learning process and help personalize learning for individual students. A future upgrade to the Samsung School, a service that allows sharing of content between teacher and students, will add integration with the new tablet.
The hardware itself includes a protective casing and Corning Gorilla Glass for rugged use. It sports a 10.1-in WXGA display with 1280 x 800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. We're also looking at front and rear cameras, 16 GB of memory, a microSD card slot (for up to a further 64 GB of external storage), and the option to connect a USB keyboard. AllShare Cast can be used to mirror content to other displays and charging carts are available for classroom storage. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is included with the aim of making it quick to set up a number of devices.
The tablet will run Android 4.4 KitKat and will also include Samsung's MultiWindow, which allows users to view two apps side-by-side. The device supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Samsung says it has a battery life of 10 hours to comfortably accommodate a full school day.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is available now for schools in the US planning for the 2014-2015 academic year. Educators can buy the tablets through Samsung distribution and channel partners with a suggested retail of US$369.99 each.