Device options and specifications
Get the technical specifications of the devices for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.
When placing an order, schools, academy trusts and local authorities can choose (depending on availability) from:
- Microsoft Windows laptops
- Microsoft Windows tablets (with or without keyboards)
- Google Chromebooks
- Apple iPads
All devices provided before September 2020 were delivered with safeguarding and mobile device management (MDM) software installed.
For future orders, 'Standard' Microsoft devices can be supplied with factory settings to allow schools, academy trusts and local authorities to apply their own management software. Alternatively, there’s an option to select 'DfE Restricted' devices which will be set up with content filtering and MDM software before delivery.
Find out more about preparing Microsoft devices.
For Google and Apple devices, we need the credentials described in the order process guidance to allow us to set devices up for a school.
If an education platform is not currently in use, schools, local authorities and academy trusts can apply for DfE-funded support to get access to either G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education. More information is available from The Key for School Leaders.
|Microsoft Windows laptop||Google Chromebook||Microsoft Windows tablet||Apple iPad|
|Chassis type||Clamshell – Business grade||Clamshell – Education grade||Tablet||Tablet|
|Minimum screen size||Minimum 11” screen||Minimum 11” screen||Minimum 11” touch screen||10.2” multi-touch screen|
|Resolution||HD (or better)||HD||Minimum 1280 x 800||2160 x 1620|
|Processor||Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics||Intel or AMD Integrated Graphics||Intel||Apple A10 Fusion – 64-bit|
|Memory||Minimum 4GB||Minimum 4GB||Minimum 2GB||3GB|
|Storage||Minimum 64GB||Minimum 16GB||Minimum 32GB||32GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||Wi-Fi to 802.11ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Audio||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers|
|Ports||USB||USB||USB 3.0||Lightning and Smart Connector|
|Input||Standard UK keyboard||Standard UK keyboard||N/A||N/A|
|Video port||HDMI||Yes, through USB-C||Yes, through USB-C or mini HDMI depending on model|
|Multimedia||Webcam||Webcam||Webcam||Rear and front cameras|
|Audio ports||Headphone and microphone socket||Headphone and microphone socket||Headphone socket||Headphone socket|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro Education||Chrome OS||Windows 10 Pro||iPad OS|
|Security||TPM 2.0||Google Security Chip H1||TPM 2.0|
|Weight||Maximum 1.8kg||Maximum 1.29kg||Maximum 750g||483g|
|Battery life||7 hours||10 hours||9 hours||10 hours|
|PSU||Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard||Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard||Fitted with UK 3-pin plug as standard||Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system|
Preparing Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets
How and when to order laptops and tablets