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Microsoft, Kano are releasing a PC kids can build with a storybook

The two-in-one will run Windows and include Minecraft: Education Edition preloaded.

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The Kano PC is a buildable two-in-one computer that kids can assemble using a storybook's instructions.

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Your kid's next buildable project might very well be a full-blown two-in-one laptop that's running Windows. Kano and Microsoft are unveiling the Kano PC Wednesday, which is an 11.6-inch touch-enabled tablet that is designed for kids to assemble with the help of a storybook.

The Atom-powered computer appears to have a keyboard cover similar to those in the Microsoft Surface series, and is preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode as well as programs such as an app called How Computers Work that should also give kids a primer in the makings of the machine. Minecraft: Education Edition will be preloaded onto the machine, but unfortunately will require an activation purchase in order to play.

Other specs for the kid-friendly PC include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage that can be upgraded with a microSD card, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.

The Kano PC is available for preorder at $300 and £300 on Kano's website and the Microsoft Store. It's set to go on sale in the US and UK on Oct. 21.

Kano has a number of kid-friendly computer and coding kits already, which have previously included a Harry Potter-themed coding kit with wand and a computer running a Kano OS operating system.

Update, June 24, 2019 at 1:07 p.m. PT: Clarifies that Minecraft: Education Edition is not playable on the Kano PC with purchase of the computer.

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