Dell has announced a new version of its Chromebook 11, along with the Dell Venue 10 Android tablet. Both devices are being sold to the education market, and the Chromebook 11 is in fact on sale now for a starting price of $249.99.
The Dell Chromebook 11 has an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366x768 and schools have the option of getting one with a regular screen or one with a touchscreen. Inside there's a dual-core, Intel Bay Trail-M Celeron processor with a clock speed of 2.16GHz. It also has 16GB of internal storage and options of either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Dell adds:
The new Dell Chromebook 11 is also the first to feature an "activity light," allowing teachers to easily monitor student activity and facilitate more meaningful interactions such as orchestrating student groups or facilitating quick quizzes and polls. The device can also be coupled with Google Apps for Education to provide a more open and connected classroom.
The Dell Venue 10 tablet, with its 10.1-inch display, won't be out until the spring and the company has yet to announce a price tag. It will have Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and Dell says it will be one of the first tablets that will be certified with Google Play for Education. It states:
Equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC), teachers can instantly download content to students by simply bumping devices, making it even easier for every student to seamlessly access digital content.
Dell also says it will allow students to use the tablet from five different positions with an optional keyboard. It states:
The five positions make the most of different learning environments and include: clamshell for test scenarios and to use as a laptop, tent and stand positions to promote collaboration and sharing, and slate configuration for keyboard storage while in tablet mode. An optional active stylus also provides the pen and paper "inking" experience on a tablet.
There's no word yet on the hardware specs on the tablet although it will have some kind of quad-core Intel Atom processor inside.