First Chrome OS Tablet Arrives Just Ahead Of Apple Event

Above Acer unveils the Chromebook Tab

Above Acer unveils the Chromebook Tab

The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N) will be available to education and commercial customers in North America in April with prices starting at $329. The new Acer tablet is the first tablet to run Google's Chrome OS.

The tablet features a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) IPS touch display with 264 pixels per inch. The rear 5MP camera enables students to capture video and images. Although Chrome OS has been running on laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and convertibles, it was not included in the tablet. This is another advantage to the Tab 10. The Acer tablet packs in a 5MP camera at the back with a 2MP shooter on the front for the goal of video calling which is also installed with dual speakers on the sides.

Acer is touting the tablet as a ideal learning device for students in K-12 and its ease of deployment for school IT admins. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 shares some specs with the Samsung Chromebook Plus, but it doesn't have a keyboard.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 also includes a Wacom EMR pen which allows users to enjoy a stylus experience when using the device.

Google announced the first ever Chrome OS tablet - Chromebook Tab 10 - in partnership with Acer. This will help students to download Android apps on their device.

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The Chromebook Tab 10 sports one single USB port on the side of the device and this is a USB 3.1 Type-C port, which is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. The stylus also doesn't need charging or pairing.

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.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 responds quickly and can run multiple apps at once, as it's powered by an OP1 Processor that integrates dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53 processors. It also ships with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 let it talk to the world. 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.

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