Ergo Electronics, the company behind the GoTab, is looking to help bring Android to UK classrooms in the form of the GoNote, a combo tablet / netbook running Ice Cream Sandwich. The device has a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 1.2GHz ARM Rockchip RK2918, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, expandable via a MicroSD slot. Aimed at students, the GoNote also has four USB 2.0 ports and a VGA camera on-board. It'll be hitting in the UK in September for £150 ($236) in black and white options. More info in the press release after the break.
UK Company Launches GoNote, the UK's First Touchscreen Android Hybrid Netbook, Aims to Help Students Make the 'A' Grade
Today the dual function 10" GoNote™ is officially launched, creating a new product category. The netbook is the UK's first combining a traditional 'laptop' layout with a 'tablet' style touchscreen, running the hugely popular Android™ 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). GoNote is one of the first Android products specifically designed to help school-children and students with their studies, promoting creativity and productivity. GoNote also aims to bridge the digital divide by being one of the most affordable Office equipped netbooks, available for the start of the new school year for a SRP of only £149.99.
"inadequate grounding in computing was in danger of damaging Britain's economic prospects"
Recently, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, scrapped the current ICT curriculum saying it was "demotivating and dull" and that "inadequate grounding in computing was in danger of damaging Britain's economic prospects". Sam Goult, Design Director comments, "The future business prospects for students will undoubtedly be digital, and those with a solid computing know-how will be at the forefront. An engaging piece of hardware like GoNote can help our children to make the 'A' grade whilst at school, entertain them with apps once the work is done, and give them the experience and vision to be the future wave of app developers."
GoNote brings Android to the forefront of 'work' computing, where its not just about sofa surfing. With GoNote, Android gets serious, helping students unleash their ideas, access information, capture their thoughts and maximise their learning potential. GoNote comes with an Office suite pre-loaded so users can create, edit, collaborate and save Microsoft® Office™ format Documents, Presentations and Spreadsheets to the GoNote's onboard storage or to the Cloud. GoNote also comes with Google Play Store™, giving users access to 400,000 Android™ Apps to help them learn, interact and relax at the end of the day.
Goult continues "GoNote™ and GoTab™ Epic are quite special – sitting in a unique place halfway between a tablet and a laptop, getting the best of both worlds. Touchscreen is intuitive to use and for kids its ideal- it's'tap-and-go' computing. GoNote is a must-have Back-to-School addition and a fantastic Christmas present because both parents and children will love it- its got something for everyone!"
GoNote availability: White / Black - £149.99 from September.
Sister product, 9.7" GoTab Epic V, launches today- Convertible Office Tablet with Bluetooth Keyboard Case