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Kno announces pricing for its tablet on steroids

by Scott Bicheno on 9 November 2010, 11:39

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Far from free

When we first told you about the Kno - a dual 14.1 inch tablet being developed for the further education market - we feared that an estimated price of a grand may be too rich for most students' blood. Now Kno has announced pricing and initial availability of the device, dripping with acknowledgement of the price tag.

The dual screen tablet will cost $899, and there's a single screen option which will set you back $599, according to a press release that has yet to make it onto the Kno site, but which was republished by Boom Town. That's not too bad when you compare it to the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's also now accepting pre-orders for shipments to go out before the end of the year.

"Kno's extraordinary benefits represent only a tiny fraction of the overall cost of college, but its impact on the student's career - and the energy it adds to the experience, the thrill of learning, and the ultimate grade - is dramatic," said Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno. "Even better, when you do the math, it actually pays for itself and still saves $1,300 in digital textbook costs."

So it gets you better grades and saves you money - can't argue with that. The precise nature of the ‘math' used remained vague, however. Kno is developing commercial relationships with textbook publishers, but students will still have to pay 50-70 percent of the full price for e-textbooks.

"According to the not-for-profit College Board's 2010 report, the average college student spends approximately $1,100 a year on book and supplies," said Babur Habib, CTO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc. "Kno can reduce that cost while bringing education into the 21st Century, providing students with a far superior learning experience than they have today."

"Pays for Itself in 3 Semesters," insisted the sub-head on the press release. "Delivers Significant Student Impact for Less than 1% the Cost of a 4-Year College Education". If that means it costs a hundred grand to get a degree in the states, our students might want to bear that in mind when they go on their jolly little demo tomorrow.

We'll leave you with Kno's latest video, followed by an indication of how it's positioning the product, judging by its choice of soundtrack.



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A big version of microsoft's courier …
not bad but the thing that impressed me the most is how well the writing on it was. im 99% sure that this wont be good in real life, is this a capacitive screen because i presume it is which means theres only some real poor stylus that work and man you wont be able to write as quick in that video or as neat!.

There is a reason why i use a laptop for my notes…. i cant read my own writing on paper!.
A big version of microsoft's courier …

Shame it got cancelled… :(
the music's brilliant!!!!

Coffee nearly came out of my nose…
the music's brilliant!!!!

Coffee nearly came out of my nose…
Amen to that. With bells on.

I rarely bother to watch YouTube clips because, to me, they're usually a waste of time, and many people will Kno (:embarrassed:) what I think of adverts, but whoever picked that soundtrack for that device deserves a raise - it's absolutely priceless, and one in the eye for Apple. John Deacon could have written it for that advert.

Thanks for prompting me to break my usual habit and watch it, sawyen. :rockon: