UK School Computer Company Takes On Apple With A Slate For Schools

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This is the RM Slate, an 11.6 inch multitouch tablet running Windows 7, priced at £399 (about $630).

RM is a British company that supplies computers and accessories to thousands of schools across the UK. Most of it is Windows based.

The Slate is RM’s answer to Apple’s iPad.

How does it measure up? There’s a 1.3 MP webcam, 2GB RAM, Intel 1.66GHz processor, SD card slot, SIM card slot, 32GB Flash storage, and claimed battery life of “over 3 hours”.

Here’s a demo video from Merlin John Online, but it doesn’t give much away:

You might remember we posted about a project in Scotland run by iOS programmer and school teacher Fraser Speirs, fitting out an entire school with iPads for all. His blog posts about the project have been enormously positive, but this morning he posted a single Twitter comment on RM’s device: “it will fail.”

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