Samsung has announced a new variant of their Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 specifically designed for schools. The hardware is identical to the regular Tab 3 10.1 except that this edition has NFC on board for easy setup in the classroom, but there are some differences on the software side.
The main difference is that this device has Android 4.4 KitKat installed out of the box. Samsung will likely update their normal Tab 3 line to KitKat, but it’s nice to see a newer tablet come with newer software anyway. The tablet also has integration with Google Play for Education, which is Google’s own curated selection of apps and services for K – 12 classrooms.
This tablet won’t be available for purchase by general consumers, as it will be sold through Samsung’s specialized channels where you’ll have to order in bulk. It’ll be available in April, so we may start seeing them in classrooms by the end of the year. For Samsung’s full press release, check below.
ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today atFETC 2014 announced plans to launch a new Galaxy Tab exclusively developed for education, which will be available for K-12 school deployments for the 2014-2015 academic year. Launching as part of the Google Play for Education program, the classroom-ready, 10.1-inch tablet will offer simple set up and device management, access to curated educational content, and other features to support dynamic, digital teaching and learning.
“Samsung and Google for Education share a commitment to delivering innovative learning experiences to improve student outcomes,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “The new Galaxy Tab with Google Play for Education integration was created to specifically address the needs of today’s schools and support our vision for powering education by empowering educators.”
Samsung’s education-specific Galaxy Tab is designed for integration with Google Play for Education, Google’s content store for K-12 schools. Google Play for Education gives educators access to a wide selection of teacher-approved apps, books, and videos, helping them deliver more engaging and personalized learning to each student. Teachers can search for content by grade, subject and standard (including Common Core), make purchases using a pre-loaded school PO rather than a credit card, and deliver content to students’ tablets in a matter of seconds.
With a 10.1-inch WXGA display, the new Galaxy Tab for Education provides students an exceptional viewing experience and the 16:10 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing educational content. It will feature the latest version of Android (version 4.4 or Kit Kat), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n support for better connectivity, and rear- and front-facing cameras to make capturing images and web chats easy.
The new Galaxy Tab will also include Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, so administrators can quickly and easily set up a classroom of devices with a few taps. Google also provides a web-based management console that will allow schools to easily manage and configure their entire fleet of devices.
Samsung’s new education tablet is set to expand its lineup of Android-powered Galaxy devices and complements the company’s broad portfolio of technology solutions for K-12 education. Available from April, the new Galaxy Tab for education will be sold through Samsung distribution and channel partners.