Archos, as a part of the Grand Digital for Schools Project, has launched new tablets and laptops under its education range of devices. The project is aimed at providing tablets and laptops to 50,000 middle and high school students by the end of this year, and to 1 million students by next year.
The two customizable tablets launched by Archos come with 9-inch and 10-inch displays will be available in a choice of OSes – Windows 8.1 or Android. The tablets are powered by a quad-core Intel processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. The devices, besides 64GB of inbuilt storage, both include a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Available with detachable keyboards, the tablets can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge. While the 9-inch tablet is priced at EUR 200 (roughly Rs. 14,100), the 10-inch is priced at EUR 250 (roughly Rs. 17,600)
As for the notebooks, Archos introduced a 11.6-inch notebook and a 14-inch notebook for students. The 11.6-inch notebook runs on Chrome OS while featuring the same Intel processor, same RAM and same inbuilt storage as seen in the tablets. It sports a VGA camera , can run for up to 8 hours and is priced at EUR 250 (roughly Rs. 17,600). The larger screen laptop too runs on the same processor but includes 4GB of RAM and 250GB of inbuilt storage. The Windows 8.1-based laptop has the same battery life of up to 8 hours and is priced at EUR 300 (roughly Rs. 21,100). All prices are excluding taxes.
Archos will also allowing school boards to customize the hardware, pre-install select softwares and apps (from Google Play for Android-powered tablets) and perform fleet management operations. School administrators will also be able to remotely manage the devices.
It is not yet known if Archos will be showcasing anything in the upcoming MWC 2015 event in Barcelona. Notably, the firm introduced three tablets named Archos 101 Helium 4G, Archos 80b Helium 4G and Archos 70 Helium 4G at CES 2015 last month.