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In another bit of mobile-market slippage, Intel is said to have cut in half the number of its StudyBook educational tablets that it believes it will sell in the next two years.

According to a Digitimes report on Friday, Intel had planned to sell between 3 and 4 million of its "ruggedized and purpose-built tablet for 21st century education," in large part to the governments of China and India.

That, apparently, isn't happening. "Sources from the upstream supply chain" tell the Taiwanese news 'n' rumor site that the number of expected sales has been reduced to 1.6 to 2 million.

The 7-inch, 1024-by-600 StudyBook tablet, announced this April and originally rumored to include a 10-inch version, runs either Windows 7 or Android Honeycomb, and is powered by an Atom Z650processor.

The StudyBook is manufactured by Elitegroup Computer Systems of Taiwan, which also builds Intel's line of eight Classmate notebooks, such as the 10.1-inch E11IS7 and 7-inch E11IS9.

Intel had high hopes for the StudyBook – but then it also had high hopes for its Ultrabook effort, which seems to be still lumbering down the runway, struggling to take off. ®

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