SAME MESSAGE, NEW TABLET: Amplify and Intel join forces to debut a new tablet at SXSWedu today. The new tablet purports to be more durable than its predecessors. Designed by Intel for the U.S. K-12 market, the new tablet boasts a scratch resistant screen, Gorilla glass, and all the new digital curriculum Amplify has to offer. Tablets will be available for the 2014-15 school year and will run at $199 per year for three years, including the tablet, software, and content.
In an interview with EdSurge on the company’s past attempts to create durable laptops Amplify CEO Joel Klein explained, “Anyone who tells you they have an indestructible tablet is hyping you, but this one is better than others.” The new tablet comes in the wake of the company’s past partnership with tablets from Asus, whose broken screens and one melted charger caused Guilford County Schools to halt its rollout. The rollout has since continued, with Amplify promising to make up for the lost time and compensate the district for expenses incurred.
UPDATE: Amplify reps later clarified that curriculum is available on the new tablet, but does not automatically come with it.