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DepEd releases minimum specs for PCs, laptops, mobile devices for distance learning




The Department of Education recently released a memorandum which determines the minimum specifications for donated PCs, laptops, and other mobile devices to public schools, teachers, and students. These devices, which will be used for distance learning, include laptops, desktops, convertibles, tablets, smartphones, and internet services.

Laptops for teachers (Desktop for students):
Processor: 1.6GHz Base Speed w/ Turbo Speed
Memory: 8GB RAM
Monitor: 13-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), Anti-Glare LED or IPS
Storage: 512GB HDD SATA
Audio: 6Ohm/1W speaker x2 Built-in Speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack
Camera: Built-in (separate for desktop)
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 1x SD/MicroSD, 1x Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI/MicroHDMI
Keyboard: US English Layout, Standard Size
Mouse: Optical, Wireless (or w/ wire for desktop)
Headset: Over-the-head, 3.5mm audio jack connection
Touchpad: Multi-touch or Touch Pad w/ 2 buttons (none for desktoP)
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 state in case of breakdown
Preference: Preferably branded, and if volume may allow, casing should be Cyan Blue — CMYK (71,53,0,12) as anti-fencing measure

2-in-1 Tablet PC (for Junior and Senior HS students):
Device Type: Convertible or Detachable Keyboard
Processor: 1.1GHz base clock, w/ Turbo Speed
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Monitor/Display: 10-inch HD (1024 x 720), Anti-Glare LED or IPS
Storage: 32GB
Audio 6 Ohm/1W speaker x2 Built-in, 3.5mm audio jack
Camera: Built-in
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth
Ports: 1x USB 2.0 or 3.0, 1x HDMI/micro HDMI, 1x combo audio jack
Keyboard: US English Layout, Standard size
Mouse: Optical, Wireless
Headset: Over-the-head, 3.5mm audio jack connection
Touch pad: Multi-touch or Touch Pad w/ 2 buttons
Power Adapter: Type-C or Standard AC/DC adapater
Preference: Preferably branded, drop-proof and waterproof, and if volume may allow, casing should be Cyan Blue — CMYK (71,53,0,12) as anti-fencing measure


Tablet:
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core
Memory: 2GB
Display: 8-inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS LCD
Storage: 32GB
Camera: Front and rear
Network: 4G LTE (Optional, Preferred), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
Interface: microUSB or Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
OS: Android 9.0
Preference: Preferably branded, drop-proof and waterproof, and if volume may allow, casing should be Cyan Blue — CMYK (71,53,0,12) as anti-fencing measure

Smartphone:
Processor: 2.0GHz octa-core
Memory: 2GB
Display: 6-inch HD (1520 x 720) IPS LCD
Storage: 32GB
Camera: Front and rear
Network: LTE/HSPA/GSM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
SIIM: Dual-SIM
Interface: microUSB or Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
OS: Android 8.1
Preference: Preferably branded, drop-proof and waterproof, and if volume may allow, casing should be Cyan Blue — CMYK (71,53,0,12) as anti-fencing measure

The ideal budget on internet services for students is PHP 300 with 6GB bandwidth, while it is PHP 500 for teachers with 10GB bandwidth.

DepEd also noted that donors should write a deed of donation for the gadgets addressed to either the department’s division office or the chosen schools for record-keeping. Benefactors are not required to install  Microsoft Office as the department has a Volume Licensing Agreement which allows the installation of the software to all devices used in public schools.

The department may also issue an “email of eligibility” to manufacturers. This will allow them to produce devices with a discounted Windows 10 Operating System.



Jewel is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. She's a writer by day and a cinephile by night.

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19 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Kinda weird that they mandated Android and totally locked out iOS for tablet and smartphone. They are more expensive, but surely there is value in having years of assured updated operating system updates? Even now there are apps that won’t run on Android 5 or 6 and the phones don’t have any newer firmware so effectively they’re just used for web browsing.

    On the other hand, not specifying Windows on the PC units is just asking for equipment suppliers who acquire the lowest bid by selling them to gov’t with preinstalled Linux like Ubuntu or even worse, no operating system. They’ll just demo it with a trial version of Windows but when it arrives to you the software is different.

  2. Assiram says:

    It’s stupid memorandum DepEd is issuing that kind of memo do they think that all the students can afford to buy it’s much better if they will provide for the students.They really push the school opening because they are after the MOOE Briones still carry the veins of corruption.i really dismay her idea. Like me solo parent I can’t provide it for my kids because my job has lessen the work days and I don’t even received any help from the government.

  3. Emela Jhenicess Giner Arreglo says:

    Good Morning Ma’am/Sir! This coming School Year I am grade 9 and my sister Elaine Mae will become Grade 8 We need 2 laptops for our distance learning … We are from Alabidhan Bingawan Iloilo/School: Bingawan National High School …

  4. Emily Lazaro says:

    Your parents must earn money to buy laptops for you and your sister. It is their responsibility to do the best to educate their children.

  5. Emily Lazaro says:

    Do your best as a parent to educate your children cuz you are the one who created it not Sec. Briones ,do not blame others for what is happening and always asking help to the government, do what you can also do to help the government and not what the government can do for you, Embrace the new normal! That is the best you can do to help your children and our government.

  6. angela f igama says:

    Mrs. Briones labor lang asawa ko ano po ang pambibili namin ng laptop uunahin po b namin yan keysa pagkain magisipisp po kau maraming katulad ko na mahirap magisipsip po kayo puro kayo pangsariling interest isipin ninyo muna poorest to the poorest bago yan pinupropose ninyo na di kaya ng tao.

  7. angela f igama says:

    Mrs. Briones labor lang asawa ko ano po ang pambibili namin ng laptop uunahin po b namin yan keysa pagkain magisipisp po kau maraming katulad ko na mahirap magisipsip po kayo puro kayo pangsariling interest isipin ninyo muna poorest to the poorest bago yan pinupropose ninyo na di kaya ng tao. Minsan po walang trabaho mister ko san nmin kukunin ang pambili nglaptop at panload. Kahit mabigyan pa ako ng laptop uunahin ko pa ang load keysa pagkain. Magisip po kayo…Marami po ang mahirap…

  8. angela f igama says:

    Mrs. Briones labor lang asawa ko ano po ang pambibili namin ng laptop uunahin po b namin yan keysa pagkain magisipisp po kau maraming katulad ko na mahirap magisipsip po kayo puro kayo pangsariling interest isipin ninyo muna poorest to the poorest bago yan pinupropose ninyo na di kaya ng tao. Minsan po walang trabaho mister ko san nmin kukunin ang pambili ng laptop at panload. Kahit mabigyan pa ako ng laptop uunahin ko pa ang load keysa pagkain. Magisip po kayo…Marami po ang mahihirap…

  9. BENG says:

    Dapat maglabas na nang budget for SY 2020-2021 nang voucher for ShS.

  10. Mik says:

    Lol. Dapat nilagay na lang nila eh yung mga specs connected to device performance. Ano ba ang epekto ng display specs sa pag-aaral?

  11. dan says:

    Its easy for for you to say that Emily, maybe your parent acquired good jobs thats why you landed to have a good education, there are poor individuals in earth for all you know. They dont want to be in the said situation but sometimes they are hopeless. magkokopra lang ang magulang, maid lang ang ermat at construction worker lang tatay. Do they dont deserve to have family, of course not. Minsan kapos lang tlga kahit anong pagsusumikap ng magulang kung di kaya ng kapasidad at sitwasyon. Of course uunahin ang pagkain. Hindi rin dapat isisi sa magulang. Asuming walang pandemia, may problema ba taong katulad nila wla sana kasi libre ang education sa public school.
    In times like this, the govt shall assist in all means its contituents becuase families particularly those of lower and middle class are in financial draught. Most of them in no work no pay status or have been releived from thier jobs.

  12. Seng Ocomen says:

    It is true that it is their parents responsibilities to give them education they need. Pero what if they are only “isang kahig isang tuka?” And striving to give them proper education by means of going to school only? Can you also say that to other less fortunate family? Can you also say that to the poorest of the poor?They are doing their best to give them education, but not like this! Buying gadgets for their education? When all they have is money to buy for their food. Lucky for you, I think you can afford to buy a gadget.

  13. Rose Evalaroza says:

    Let us help one another, comfort one another rather than throwing hardwords that may ignite dismayed feelings.. Let’s pray one another please…!

  14. Rosana says:

    Sana katulad ko ,na isang mag aaral ay makatanggap din para ,magamit ko sa college

  15. mlcnicole29 says:

    What if im just a housemade and single parent and i have 3 kids to raise. My husband is dead due to an accident. Do you think i can afford to buy 3 laptops for my kids. Even i will not sleep do the the extra work to wash clothes for others, do uou think i didnt do my best???

  16. Analyn panis says:

    Pls help to give my kids to way learning to new normal schooling this coming Aug we dont have use gadget to help learning my kids i dont have a money to buy expensive things like loptap or taplet thankyou so much read my message

  17. Anne says:

    Pinamimigay po ba ng deped ang gadget na gagamitin ng mga bata?or babayaran po and magkano nman po?thanks po sa sasagot1?

  18. Juan says:

    Nakatatawa naman ang deped, ano ba ang gusto nila, wala ng mag aaral? Mag pa sweldo na lang sila ng walang gagawin kasi with that specs, hindi maka afford ang 70% or maybe more pa sa mga mag aaral sa mga public schools. :)

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