Acer launches first Google Chrome OS-powered tablet

Acer unveils the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329, the first Chrome OS tablet

If the rumors are to be believed, the new iPad would be priced at $259.

Taiwanese brand Acer has rolled out the world's first tablet to run on Google's Chrome OS.

The Chromebook Tab 10 will be shipped in April in North America with a price tag of $329 and the tablet is targeted towards educational and commercial customers. It's aimed primarily at the education market but it marks the end of the Android tablet era for Google, as it focuses its attention on Chrome OS across both laptops and tablet devices. We might never know. The Chrome OS is dominant in the education sector and now Google and Acer have jointly made a new piece of education hardware in the form of the Tab 10 that runs the Chrome OS.

And the Chromebook Tab 10, like the rumoured new iPad, is targeting students in the classroom.

Acer unveils the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329, the first Chrome OS tablet
Chromebook tablets for versatile learning - Google Blog

In terms of those physical dimensions, Acer has confirmed the Chromebook Tab 10 measures 6.78-inches in width, 9.38-inches in depth, and 0.39-inches in height; while weighing in at 1.21 pounds (550 grams).

"As the name implies, its screen size is close to 10". Students can login to any device for a personalized learning and log-out hassle-free when the class is over. Acer's announcement of the Tab 10 is essentially throwing down the glove at Apple and only time will tell which company will prevail. There are basic cameras front and rear, and Acer is promising up to nine hours of battery life. It can be placed in the chassis dock for secure storage. The stylus uses advanced machine learning to predict student writing for a natural writing experience and doesn't require charging or pairing. Acer's new Chrome OS tablet has a single USB Type-C port for data, charging, and audio, but there's a microSD card for expandable storage.

Starting today, with the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10, we're doing just that.

The tablet is the first of its kind running Chrome OS and is meant to directly compete with Apple's upcoming iPad which is set to launch tomorrow. The Chrome Education license facilitates updates, app configuration, as well as the managing of extensions and policies for administrators. We suspect that we're going to hear a lot more about Chrome OS tablets in the future. Even if a device is lost, stolen or damaged, students won't lose their information. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by an OP1 (Rockchip) processor that comprises of two ARM Cortex-A72 core and four Cortex-A53 cores. Bluetooth 4.1 and 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi ac is available.

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