Acer Chromebook Tab 10
It has been a while since any new Chrome OS devices were announced, and now Acer wants to take the spotlight. The Taiwan-based company has just announced the Chromebook Tab 10, a full-sized 10-inch tablet that’s the first in the world to run Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS.

Hardware-wise, it’s reminds of the 10-inch iPad: the Acer Chromebook 10 features a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 display, dual cameras, an ARM OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. It also comes with a built-in microSD card slot as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. And for wired connectivity, data transfer, and charging, it will use USB-C.

One thing that Chrome OS devices have always been known for is battery life, and the Acer Chromebook 10 appears to be just like the rest of them in this regard. Acer says that it can last up 9 hours with every full charge, which is in line with the battery life in many Chrome OS powered laptops.

The Chromebook Tab 10 also comes with built-in stylus support, which could be useful in certain applications. And every unit comes with a pre-packaged stylus, built by Wacom, that can be hidden in a slot on one of the device’s bottom corners.

“The Chromebook Tab 10 is going to be targeted towards schoolchildren. And it may or may not impress.”

We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the similarities of the Chromebook Tab 10 with the iPad so far are quite deliberate: the screen size, the stylus support, support for downloadable apps, long battery life. That’s because it’s apparently meant to be sold to users who plan to use it for education as well. Just like the recently updated iPad 9.7, the Chromebook Tab 10 is going to be targeted towards schoolchildren. And it may or may not impress.

There’s just one thing that could work against it, though. Acer has decided to give it the exact same price as the new iPad: $329 (around Php 17,200). Even with the “free” stylus that’s already included, we’re not sure if it can offer enough to persuade prospective buyers that it’s a better deal than Apple’s newly-updated tablet. All things considered, it’s not that different from many other tablets out there that are running Android. So it might be a hard sell for Acer.

But for those who are specifically looking for a Chrome OS powered device that offers maximum portability with the option to add a wireless keyboard and other peripherals later, it’s literally the only choice that’s available on the market. So perhaps there could be hope that it sells a lot to that particular demographic. It’s not guaranteed, but there’s definitely a small chance for it.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is scheduled to become available first in North America in April, with worldwide availability expected to happen some time in May.


The Verge