The device features two 14.1-inch capacitive IPS screens with a resolution of 1440×900 pixels and pen and touch support. It’s powered by a Tegra 2 chip and has a sizeable 16GB of storage space. Battery life is estimated between six and eight hours.
While other companies are going for small and light, Kno is avoiding the trend. The screen size is more like a laptop and the whole package weighs in at 5.5 pounds, compared to the much lighter iPad’s 1.5 pounds. We’re guessing Kno is aiming for the tablet to fit in snugly with the A4 pads a student usually chugs around with them, but they may not be able to carry them all with this in their bags as well.
That said, Kno is working on signing deals with publishers to bring a ton of textbooks to the tablet so that students don’t have to worry about books at all. Kno is even saying that it will be cheaper to buy its tablet than the dozens of volumes a student will need, but the price for the tablet is estimated at just under $1,000, so those content deals will need to be really good to justify the price.
It has a pretty spiffy UI to suit the college scene, but Engadget got some time to test the tablet and found there were a number of bugs and a lot of lag in the user interface, not to mention the odd crash. This was a prototype model, of course, and Kno is promising the problems will be fixed by the time of launch, but it may need to pay more attention to fixing the price. Kno might have some neat ideas, but clearly it’s not in the know when it comes to the average students’ wallets.