HP has added to its new business mobility systems unveiled earlier this week with a pair of tablet devices focused on the education market, one running Windows and the other Android.
Unveiled to coincide with the BETT education show in London this week, HP's Education Edition (EE) tablets comprise the Pro Tablet 10 EE and HP Pro Slate 10 EE, equipped with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 Kitkat respectively, and will be available from this month.
HP claimed that the EE devices are built to withstand the rigours of daily academic use, and feature batteries designed to last the entire school day.
Both are ruggedised with IP52 ratings for dust and moisture ingress, and designed to pass drop tests, the firm said.
The tablets are almost identical in design, with a 10.1in multi-touch display supporting a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, Intel Atom Z3735G or Z3735F quad-core processors, up to 2GB memory and 16GB or 32GB of flash storage.
Both feature 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and HSPA+ Mobile Broadband wireless communications, and support Miracast or WiDi for wireless presenting.
The tablets weigh about 850g, and are priced to be affordable for schools and educational establishments. The Pro Tablet 10 EE starts at €319 (£239), while the HP Pro Slate 10 EE starts at €289 (£217).
Also common to both devices is a Pro 10 EE stylus and Pro 10 EE Keyboard base, the latter holding the device at a comfortable reading angle while providing a full Qwerty keyboard for input.
Both devices come pre-installed with HP School Pack, a set of tools including one year's Absolute Data Protection Basic, the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, the OverDrive e-book app with a library of titles, and the Pasco Sparkvue science learning application.
The tablets can also be managed through HP Classroom Manager, which allows teachers to control the classroom, manage class PCs and communicate with students.
The releases coincide with the BETT 2015 education show that took place this week in London, which saw several tech firms, including Apple, set out their ideas on how education and technology need to complement one another.
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