Samsung is veering away from its consumer-centric line today and announcing a tablet that is targeted at the education sector. Designed to scale up 1:1 and interactive computing initiatives in K-12 schools, the Galaxy Tab 4 Education is a 10.1-inch ruggedized tablet that utilizes the Google Play for Education ecosystem.
On the hardware front, the tablet features a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 × 800) screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor of unknown origin, 1.5 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16 GB internal storage along with a microSD slot that can accommodate 64 GB storage, rear and front-facing cameras, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity and a 6800 mAh battery. The display is coated with Gorilla Glass and the tablet itself is encased in a silicon case that improves durability. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is available starting today for $369 through Samsung distribution and channel partners.
The tablet will be compatible with Samsung School – an upcoming an interactive classroom management solution – and can be managed through a Google Apps for Education web console for an additional $30 per device. Samsung's interactive management solution will allow teachers to monitor activity on students' tablets, remotely switch off devices and share students' tablet screens on a larger display.
Samsung's efforts echo what other manufacturers like Apple and Asus have done in the education segment. Apple signed a $30 million deal last year with the LA Unified School District last year to offer iPads to 35,000 students. Earlier this year, L.A.'s school district announced that it earmarked another $115 million to put iPads in the hands of an additional 45,000 students.