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In the interest of public safety, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that face-to-face learning or classroom-based learning will remain suspended and will only resume in 2021. With the closure of schools and the suspension of classroom-based learning, the shift to distance learning or e-learning is now standard practice across most schools.

 

To help guide students and educators through this transition, DepEd has identified a standard for required minimum specifications for devices to ensure cohesive and effective e-learning: these include specs on PCs for teachers or laptops for students, tablets, mobile smartphones, and even 2-in-1 tablet PCs.

 

These are what DepEd believes to be specs that can support digital content and software applications that they will install. Aside from gadgets, they have also identified a minimum for internet services.

 

DepEd minimum specs for PCs and laptops

 

Processor 1.6Ghz Based Speed, with Turbo Speed
Memory 8GB RAM
Monitor 13” 1080P (Full HD) with Anti-Glare LED-Backlit or IPS Technology
Storage 512 GB HDD SATA
Audio 6Ω/1W speaker x 2 Built-in Speakers with 3.5mm standard headphone jack
Camera Built-in (separate for PCs)
Connectivity Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g /n/ac
Bluetooth
Ports 1 x USB3.0

1 x SD / Micro SD

1 x Combo Audio jack

1 x HDMI / Micro HDMI

Keyboard US English Layout

Standard Size

Mouse Optical
Wireless (or with wire for PCs)
Headset Over-the-Head

3.5mm audio jack connection

Touchpad Multi-touch or TouchPad with 2 Buttons
(N/A for PCs)
Power Adapter Type-C or Standard AC/DC Adapter
HDD Partition Drive C (system) and Drive D (data)
Reset Any key to restore the Host Laptop in its original system state in case of breakdown
Preference Preferably branded, and if possible, with Cyan Blue: CMYK (71.53.0.12) casing as an anti-fencing measure

 

Some laptop models that meet these specs include:

Asus Laptop 14 M409Da

Branded by its maker as “One of the world’s smallest all-rounder 14inch laptops”, this is no doubt one of the best budget laptops offered today. With its AMD Ryzen™ processor and NVIDIA® MX graphics, this laptop has everything both students and teachers need to get things done swiftly and efficiently.

Dell Inspiron 14” 3000 Laptop

Built to meet anyone and everyone’s everyday needs, the Dell Inspiron 3000 is a 14-inch laptop that helps make the most out of every day. Its Intel processors and Windows 10 OS deliver responsiveness that delivers seamless multi-tasking that every budding student needs.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5

The best way to describe Lenovo’s IdeaPad 5? Powerful. Equipped with speedy AMD Ryzen™ processors and FHD display, it offers performance that supports productivity and creativity that just drives learning forward.

 

DepEd minimum specs for tablets

 

Processor Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Memory 2 GB
Display Size 8”
Display Type IPS LCD Display
Display Resolution 800 x 1280 Pixels
Storage 32 GB
Camera Front and Rear
Network 4G LTE (Optional, Preferred)

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Interface Micro USB or Type C
3.5mm Audio Jack
Operating System Android 9.0
Preference Preferably branded, and if possible, with Cyan Blue: CMYK (71.53.0.12) casing as an anti-fencing measure

 

Some tablet models that meet these specs include:

Huawei MatePad T8

All this power in a sleek and well-designed tablet– truly built for students who want to achieve. The Huawei MatePad T8 is a revolutionary tablet because of the Kirin 990 flagship chipset that allows it to deliver great performance that can keep up with every class.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was designed to provide its user with an empowered e-learning experience. It comes with the S Pen that lets you jot down notes while you watch lectures in its 10.4″ WUXGA+ display, bringing you a seamless classroom experience.

Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business

With high-quality 8MP front and 5MP rear cameras, dual Dolby Atmos technology speakers, this tablet is a smart choice for students attending online classes. High-quality cameras and crystal-clear communications deliver an experience for e-learning that’s conducive to learning.

 

DepEd minimum specs for smartphones

 

Processor Octa-core 2.0 GHz
Memory 2 GB
Display Size 6”
Display Type IPS LCD Display
Display Resolution 720 x 1520 Pixels
Storage 32 GB
Camera Front and Rear
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

SIM Dual SIM
Interface Micro USB or Type C
3.5mm Audio Jack
Operating System Android 8.1
Preference Preferably branded, and if possible, with Cyan Blue: CMYK (71.53.0.12) casing as an anti-fencing measure

 

Some smartphone models that meet these specs include:

Xiaomi Redmi 9

Powered by Media Tek Helio G80, the Xiaomi Redmi 9 offers powerful performance at a student-friendly price point. Despite being a budget phone, the Redmi 9 does not scrimp on features and definitely meets all the required specs dictated for effective e-learning.

Vivo V19

With its Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 712 processor, 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB ROM, the Vivo V19 goes beyond the required minimum and will have everything you need to set your e-learning activities up and running.

Realme 6

Realme may be a brand known for its gaming capabilities, its —- and — screen give it the capacity to function as a good quality e-learning tool that allows students to keep up with the demands of all-day online classes.

 

DepEd minimum specs for 2-in-1 Tablet PCs

 

Device Type Convertible or Detachable Keyboard
Processor 1.1 GHz Base Clock speed, with Turbo Speed
Memory 8GB RAM
Monitor Display Screen Size: 10.0 inches

Resolution: 720P HD

Anti-Glare LED-Backlit or IPS Technology

Storage Internal: 32 GB
Audio 6Ω/1W Speaker x 2 Built-in Speakers

3.5mm standard headphone jack

Camera Built-in
Connectivity Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g /n/ac

Bluetooth

Ports 1 x USB 2.0 or USB 3.0

1 x HDMI/micro HDMI

1 x Combo Audio Jack

Keyboard US English Layout

Standard Size

Mouse Optical
Wireless
Headset Over-the-Head

3.5mm audio jack connection

Touchpad Multi-touch or TouchPad with 2 Buttons
Power Adapter Type-C or Standard AC/DC Adapter
Preference Preferably branded, drop-proof and waterproof, and if possible, with Cyan Blue: CMYK (71.53.0.12) casing as an anti-fencing measure

 

Some 2-in-1 Tablet PC models that meet these specs include:

Asus Zenbook Flip 13

Flaunting a 13” display with ultra-narrow bezels, the Zenbook Z Flip 13 is a powerful e-learning tool that’s sure to inspire learning. It’s powered by the latest Intel Core processor at i7 8th Gen Intel CPU, giving users unbeatable performance.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

A device built around the idea of flexibility, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Flex 5 is equipped with the AMD Ryzen™ 7 4000 series mobile processors– powerful enough for all levels of productivity and performance, be it for teachers or students.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E

What makes Acer’s Aspire Switch 10 E is its Acer VisionCare™feature: this allows you to turn on Acer’s BluelightShield™ that reduces stress-causing blue light– perfect for long periods of immersed e-learning, be it for classes or working on requirements.

 

DepEd required minimum capacity for internet service

Teachers P500/month 10 GB Bandwidth
Students P300/month 6 GB Bandwidth

 

Microsoft Licensing

Aside from gadgets and internet connectivity, DepEd also understands that there are also tools and programs necessary for teachers to create learning materials, and for students to submit their requirements. With this in mind, they have already acquired a special Volume Licensing Arrangement that allows Microsoft Office to be installed in all devices in public schools.

 

In keeping up with gadget needs surrounding e-learning, Cyberzone hopes to help keep consumers informed of the standards DepEd has in place and help make these gadgets available to them in order to help guide them through the transition in the unprecedented times. E-learning allows us to have an alternative to classroom-based learning and helps keep our students safe without hampering their education.

 

The information above is based on the memorandum released by the Department of Education.

 

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