Acer launches first Google Chrome OS-powered tablet

NEW DELHI: Google, just a day before Apple’s announcement of possible new iPads for the education sector, has introduced the firm Chrome OS-based tablet in the market. Made by Acer, the new tablet is aimed at school students. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10, as Google says, is the ‘first education tablet made for Chrome OS, and gives schools the easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops.’ It comes with a Wacom EMR stylus as well along with Google Expeditions AR.

Although this may seem to be the end of Android tablets, it still can run nearly all the Android apps given the nature of the OS. We are yet to see how much of a success does ChromeOS on a tablet prove to be.

The tablet features a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) IPS touch display with 264 pixels per inch. There is a 2MP HD webcam at the front along with dual microphones. At the back there is a 5MP camera. Acer claims the Chromebook Tab 10 to deliver a battery life of up to nine hours.

 

Powering the device is an OP1 (Rockchip) six-core processor alongside 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage. As for the connectivity, customers get support for 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card reader.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 costs starting at $329 (roughly Rs 21,300) and will be made available in the US from April. It will be reaching EMEA region in May.

“The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 combines advances in hardware and application support to enable more meaningful learning for an even wider range of K-12 students,” said James Lin, general manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. “The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 encourages students to discover new ways of understanding the world around them,” Lin added.

 

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