Samsung has announced a new tablet aimed at the education market. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is a 10.1” WXGA (1280x800) device built with a ruggedized chassis and designed to work with Google Play for Education.

Samsung is hoping that the tablet features and price appeal to those doing purchasing for school divisions. The Android 4.4 device is equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor (actual model number unknown), 1.5 GB of memory, and 16 GB of storage. Battery life from the 6800 mAH battery is rated at 10 hours for the 1.08 lb tablet.

Also included is a microSD card slot for an additional 64 GB of storage, 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless, NFC and a HDMI port. Samsung also includes its customizations on Android including Multi Window.

The specifications are decidedly low end by any modern definition, but the goal of this device isn’t ultimate performance, but a rugged durable device with a price a school district can afford.

The tablet will be compatible with a future upgrade of Samsung School – an interactive classroom management solution – and for an additional $30 per device, the Google Apps for Education web console can be used to manage the device.

The device is available as of today for $369.99 through Samsung distribution and channel partners.

10" Education Tablets
  Galaxy Tab 4 Education Asus Transformer Pad (Education) iPad w/Retina
Dimensions H: 9.58" (243 mm)
W: 6.94" (176 mm)
D: 0.31" (7.9 mm)
H: 10.13" (257 mm)
W: 7.02" (178 mm)
D: 0.39" (9.9 mm)
H: 9.5" (241.2 mm)
W: 7.31" (186 mm)
D: 0.37" (9.4 mm)
Weight 1.08 lbs (490g) 1.19 lbs (550g) 1.46lbs (662g)
CPU Quad Core Quallcomm (1.2 GHz) Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740 (1.33 GHz) Dual Core A6X (1.4 GHz)
GPU N/A Intel HD Graphics PowerVR SGX 554MP4
Storage 16 GB + 64 GB microSD 16 GB + 64 GB microSD 16 GB
Display Size and Resolution 10.1" 1280x800 10.1" 1280x800 9.7" 2048x1536
Battery 6800 mAh N/A 11,560 mAh
Price $369 + $30 for Management Console $269 + $30 for Management Console, optional keyboard dock $60 $399

There is definitely some stiff competition in this space, with the Asus Transformer Pad education version coming in at a far lower cost, but without the ruggedized build. Apple's iPad is also very successful in the K-12 education market.

Update: Samsung has confirmed to us that it's a Qualcomm SoC, but wouldn't disclose the exact part. This means it is likely a Cortex A7 CPU, but the rest of the details are unknown.

Source: Samsung

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  • Vigneshj - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Seriously, could not understand the act of saving that 0.5 GB RAM, which would be then blamed for lack of memory, scrapping any future Android OS updates from Samsung.
  • FredWebsters - Thursday, December 6, 2018 - link

    As for me such app isn't so useful like the services from the company <a href=''>... proposes. As for me that the company does assignments for students is cooler than this app!
  • piroroadkill - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Wow. $369 for a tablet that has the same specs as ~$100 random chinese tablets.

    They really are screwing over schools. No thanks, Samsung.
  • nathanddrews - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    I think most ruggedized devices command a premium, like for law enforcement and military applications. You also don't shoot for maximum specs, but rather reliability and uniformity. You aren't paying for the latest gadget, but something that is easy to use, service, and replace. Cheap Chinese tablets won't cut it for this sort of massive deployment.

    Whatever ruggedized means in this context is a different story. IP67? Just an elaborate, tough case? Gorilla Glass 2? 3? More information on that would be nice.
  • dylan522p - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    You mean a toughbook. This is a joke compared to those.
  • abhaxus - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    $100 chinese tablets don't have IPS/PLS displays, decent touch responsiveness, or anywhere near the fit and finish of the Tab 4. From your post it looks like you've never actually used a $100 budget tablet or a Tab 4.
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    I've used cheap tablets and expensive tablets.

    I also work in a school, so I know it's not worth spending a lot of money on a good quality product that will get wrecked.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    It is so overpriced because of all the bloat in the education system. How many ipads have taxpayers bought? And I'm sure they paid way way more than $399 for them too.

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