Competition in the tablet education market gets even more heated with Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Tab 4 Education device, its latest slate designed to appeal to schools looking to tap into the latest tech trend.
As the name suggests, this is a special version of the recently released Galaxy Tab 4, the company's mid-range tablet. Like the consumer version, this student-friendly model ships with Android 4.4 Kit Kat, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and a 1,280x800 10.1-inch touchscreen. But Samsung has taken into account kids' rougher handling of tablets and shipped the Tab 4 Education with Corning Gorilla Glass and rugged protective case. (In comparison, Intel's latest Education Tablet design still relies on the older Android 4.2 OS.)
As an Android device, this edition can take advantage of Google's education technology. It can access Google Play for Education, which features teacher-approved apps, videos, and reading material, as well as a web-based console for schools' IT staff to manage a fleet of tablets. The Tab 4 Education will also work with the Samsung School classroom management platform after a future upgrade.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab 4 Education with eyes on the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. With its durability upgrades, it will cost $50 more than the consumer Tab 4 is currently selling for on Samsung's site -- $369.99 vs. $319.99. You'll need to tack on an additional $30 for Google's web management console and an optional Belkin wired keyboard is available for $29.99.