Acer Chromebook Tab 10 - Features, Specifications, Design And More

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

Chrome OS Tablets are Officially Here!

The tablet will go on sale in the U.S. in April for $329 a pop. While Apple is expected to unveil its latest lineup of iPad models on Tuesday, the Chromebook Tab 10 is here to take them on.

Chrome OS was first announced by Google back in 2009, though the first retail machines didn't arrive on the market until 2011.

In addition, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 fully supports Google Play, which gives teachers and students access to educational Android apps that have been approved and curated by administrators to let them collaborate, discover, engage and learn.

In terms of design, the Chromebook Tab 10 features a standard tablet form factor with a 9.7-inch display supporting a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The Chromebook also includes a Wacom EMR stylus which does not need a battery.

"The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality in the future to allow students to experience new ways of learning with Expeditions AR", the company writes in its release. When compared to the iPad, the Chromebook is actually a bit heavier and also a bit thicker.

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And finally, there's a USB 3.1 Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac WiFi on board, and a headphone jack. The tablet comes backed up by a 34Wh battery which would last for an estimated 9 hours on a single charge. At $329, the tablet offers mostly comparable specs and has one thing Apple's equally priced iPad doesn't: a built-in stylus. Typing homework assignments or any education-related works on a tablet without a keyboard can be tough. Since this tablet is designed for education, it will have full support for Google Classroom and Chrome Education license, both of which are sold separately, as pointed out by Android Central.

With its extensive cloud management tools and lower cost compared to its Apple counterpart, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10's targeted audience looks to be schools who are already used to the Chrome OS interface.

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.

North America will see this device in April while Europe, the Middle East and Asia will have their first crack in May. Being a major player in the Chromebook for education sector, Acer has a lot to lose if Apple returns its Sauron-like gaze upon this end of the tech world as expected.

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