Chrome OS ran on laptops, desktops, convertibles, and all-in-one devices, but to date it has not run on a tablet. That changes with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet running Chrome OS.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is expected to compete with the iPad, and this is particularly notable as it announces a new, low-cost model only a day before Apple announces
The Tab 10 has a 9.7 inch large, 2048 x 1536 display – just like the iPad – with front and back cameras, estimated nine hours of battery life, an OP1 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory and a USB-C port. There is also a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.
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The tablet is being sold for $ 329, which is the price of Apple's entry-level iPad. Apple is expected to launch an iPad that will cost $ 259 tomorrow, but if you need a pen, Apple sells it separately for $ 99 more. It also needs to be charged and stored separately.
While Acer will sell Tab 10 to the public, it targets the device in the education market (much like the iPad Apple will announce tomorrow). It is no coincidence that this tablet is announced today: Acer and Google are very much trying to anticipate Apple's own education-oriented tablet to support Chrome OS in a market that is already a leader.
The Tab 10 is likely to have some advantages of everything that Apple introduces tomorrow. Although it can be more expensive, it becomes easier to use and store a built-in, non-powered pen or offer more options than an iPad that comes without one. (The fact that none of the tablets have a keyboard could hurt both of them and cause schools to choose a conventional laptop.) Tab 10 will also run Android apps.
Schools may already be used to Chrome OS Google's operating systems are currently dominating the sale of classroom computers due to their low cost and extensive cloud maintenance tools. At $ 329, the Tab 10 is slightly more expensive than other Chromebooks that often start under $ 300. But when schools are looking for something like an iPad, Acer has just given them a choice.
The tablet will go on sale in North America next month and expand globally in May.