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When we think of tablet manufacturers, News Corp doesn't really come to mind off the bat. Yet, here we are. The international media conglomerate has announced plans for a branded Android tablet targeted at education called Amplify. The slate would come pre-loaded with Google Apps for Education, content from Common Sense Media, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and a graphing calculator. Most of this can be acquired or supplemented on regular Android tablets, but having the system pre-built may make teachers' lives easier.

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What these tablets offer that others don't, however, is lesson plan tools for teachers and software to help parents keep track of their children's progress. The company hopes to gain developer support to build more content for the Amplify system over time.

The tablets themselves will cost $299 for the WiFi model as long as you buy a $99/year subscription to Amplify content for two years, making this a $500 proposition. While some of the cost may be deferred over the length of the contract, the fact that you're committing to paying the exact same price as an entry-level iPad could put off a lot of customers. Especially if this is being targeted towards the education community which is not known for spending tons of superfluous money per child. There is also a $349 version of the device with a 4G data plan, but that contract is $179 a year contract. Call us skeptical.

No word yet on when this will be available, but the tablet is debuting right now at SXSW Education in Austin, TX.

Source: Fast Company

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • kane

    My teachers couldn't afford pencil and paper for everyone. I hope they aren't implying giving these out to everyone

  • Imparus

    * looks at the UI, then looks at normal OEM's skin. Why doesn't normal OEM make skins like this?

  • GazaIan

    Lost me at News Corp.

    Sorry, but you just can't get me to support News Corp in any way.

  • Matti

    A lot of sites/blogs are pitching tjis as Androids answer to the iPad in the education sector. Sorry, but if you're asking me to choose between two evils, Apple or Rupert Murdoch, I'd rather take Apple.

  • Helen Murray

    I agree with the article, Amplify looks expensive, there is a $99 yearly subscription fee on top of
    the $299 as well as requiring 1000 unit purchase to get the $299
    pricing and 2 year commitment on the subscription. I think Educational
    Resources' LearnPad looks to be the best Classroom Tablet Solution to
    date and is $299 with no fees. http://www.edresources.com. It was also awarded Best Digital Device 2013 at BETT.

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