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Kno's tablets priced at $599 and $899, take on iPad early

updated 08:15 am EST, Tue November 9, 2010

Kno tablet priced and shipping end of year

Kno today locked in the pricing and launch timeframe for its education-focused tablets. The 14-inch displays used by both will carry a premium over the iPad, as the single screen tablet will cost $599 while the dual screen model will cost $899. Both should be shipping in limited numbers by the end of the year.

Both designs are intended to preempt Apple in education and use the large screens along with a custom Linux touch interface to replace both textbooks and notes. Students get access to "tens of thousands" of common textbooks and extra materials that Kno believes could save money over both Apple's tablet and conventional paper books. A tablet could recover its own costs and still save $1,300 over the course of a degree, Kno said.

The designs run on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core ARM chip and as a result can support full web browsing with both Flash and HTML5 as well as HD video playback, music and audio recording in a multitasking environment. It can use both finger and pen input to highlight text or write notes. Kno has claimed "full day" battery life but hasn't quantified the figures.

Apple has made some inroads into education with initial iPad textbook arrangements and early school projects, but the design has usually been targeted at home users first. The Kno is aimed at college students first and was given the large screens to make sure that even larger textbooks could show at full size.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how much does this thing weigh?

    1 screen + 1 screen = the weight of 2 iPads or why not just get a laptop.

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  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ipad 2nd gen will cost more!!!!

    As most established computer companies refuse to price their better spec'd tablets below the ipad, it seems clear to me that an ipad with one or two cameras, a HDMI port and/or usb port will have to cost more than the current model. The ipad is just the first on the market, it most likely will not define it! I will not buy a tablet without a full OS. I do what I want on my devices, so a full internet experience must be possible with out apps. I also doubt that the screen size of the current ipad will be the most or second most popular. I have apple computers, so I know they are not the end all or be all.

  1. Nigel2112

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks very nice

    If you like inch thick design.
    For specific education needs it could be a winner, but an unknown company with untested hardware running unproven software, who knos?

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    doesn't look like an IPS screen

    maybe not everyone consideres it important, but the specs they do list for the screen indicate something more like TN technology for the LCD panel (with LED backlighting).

    Wonder if it'll have typical TN viewing angles, or if it is another screen tech?

    Otherwise the specs are decent, and considering the processor & video chips, the 6 hours of battery life (user replaceable packs) is not surprising. 60 watt power adapter is a little surprising.
    I suspect that the 6 hours would be an issue many days if it is actually be used heavily.

  1. Alfiejr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too Limited

    well, it's big. bigger than letter size paper. 2.6 or 5.7 lbs. note taking is cool, but needs stylus. wifi is slow b/g. no mention of apps.

    bundled with your course textbooks it might make sense. but otherwise ...

  1. AmiGod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's looking promising so far

    I've been saving up for a 2nd gen. iPad for some time, but the more I hear about this Kno, the more I'm pondering putting my money on it instead. In the end, it will depend on its full specs, capabilities, and support for MacOS X. The fact that it supports a good pen-like device as opposed to the ones that Ten One Design offers is, in my book, a good selling point as I like to write more than I like to type.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Save money on books?

    I wonder how they figure that. Do they think textbook writers are suddenly going to offer the content for free? I highly doubt it. They will charge the same and only deliver a digital copy. No more used book store, sorry.

  1. Drunken Economist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Already starting to happen

    College bookstores are already trying to head eBooks off at the pass by offering book and eBook rentals. But there *is* a thriving textbook piracy scene, mostly available from overseas from sites in China and India and the other BRIC countries.

    In short: The same thing that happened to the music and movie industries is going to happen to the publishing industry, textbook or not. Either model your businesses to the 'new reality' or be modeled. Get rid of your buggy whips & horses and get on the train.

    Example of a company that adapted LONG AGO. O'Reilly & Associates, the techbook guys. *All* of their books are DRM free, can be read in iBooks (and sync'd). Yes, their books MAY get pirated along with everyone elses' but they seem to be thriving.

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