Device options and specifications

Get the technical specifications of the devices for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

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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.

Minimum specifications

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
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encryption Yes Yes Yes
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

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