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The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Is the First Official Chrome OS Tablet

27 March 2018

The first Chromebook tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, will be made available later this year.

Currently, schools in the U.S. are mostly using Chromebook-based laptops for their educational purposes, but Apple's expected announcement of a cheaper iPad will most likely try to capitalize on the school market.

IT administrators can manage Chrome OS tablets along with other Chrome devices with the Chrome education license.

The Acer Chromebook 10 tablet features a 9.7-inch display screen with a resolution of 2048 X 1536 pixels, which is similar to the 9.7-inch iPad.

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To give students additional ways to interact with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the device comes standard with a Wacom EMR stylus.

Powering the device is an OP1 (Rockchip) six-core processor alongside 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage. When compared to the iPad, the Chromebook is actually a bit heavier and also a bit thicker. The tablet also comes rocking a USB-C port, a microSD slot, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

Acer clams the device will boast a robust 9 hour battery life.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be aimed at K-12 classrooms, and the Taiwanese tech giant will be hoping to emulate the success of Chromebooks in USA classrooms with a different form factor. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 shares some specs with the Samsung Chromebook Plus, but it doesn't have a keyboard.

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Although this may seem to be the end of Android tablets, it still can run almost all the Android apps given the nature of the OS. The Acer tablet will be released in April and has been priced at $329 (roughly Rs. 21,300). It also comes with Google Expeditions AR support.

Based on the provided images it does seem as though bezels are prominent here although that is likely to play to the device's strength considering this tablet is aimed at the education sector and likely to be used by multiple students during its lifespan. The North American launch would be followed by Europe, Middle East and Africa in May for €329, including Value-Added Tax.

The rear camera in the tablet will soon get Google's Expeditions AR for classroom learning, claims Google via a blogpost. The new tablet is targeted at the education industry, and intended for use in classrooms.

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The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Is the First Official Chrome OS Tablet