At $329, the Chromebook Tab 10 is still quite an expensive piece of hardware, costlier than the current line of Chromebooks but if an iPad alternative is what you're looking for, Acer and Google have brought out a potential candidate in the tablet race. While Apple is expected to unveil its latest lineup of iPad models on Tuesday, the Chromebook Tab 10 is here to take them on.
Despite this first Chromebook tablet being aimed at students and the classroom, Google hasn't really changed up how Chrome OS looks or feels in the tablet form factor. In terms of dimensions, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 measures 172.2 x 238.2 x 9.98mm and weighs in at 550 grams. A Wacom EMR stylus for natural writing, drawing, and annotating comes as standard with this slim and light device.
Powering the device is an OP1 (Rockchip) six-core processor alongside 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage. The Acer tablet packs in a 5MP camera at the back with a 2MP shooter on the front for the objective of video calling which is also installed with dual speakers on the sides. When compared to the iPad, the Chromebook is actually a bit heavier and also a bit thicker. USB type-C and a 34 Wh battery promise up to nine hours of use before recharging. Plus, it doesn't require a battery and is resistant to accidental drops.
The Acer Chrome OS tablet is supposed to ship next month in the United States, and in May in other regions around the world. Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is mainly targeted at the education market.
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Acer plans to sell the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329 Dollars in the U.S. That's the same price point as the sixth-gen iPad.
Google rolled out the first official Android tablets in 2011, and consumers seemed at least somewhat interested for a few years.
The tablet supports Google Play and gives teachers and students access to Android apps with planned support for Google Expeditions AR in the works. Acer will also be launching the tablet in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in May. However, if the device is compatible with the Apple Pencil (currently priced at $99 USD) and the company doesn't bundle the two together, then the Chromebook Tab 10 will still be a more affordable option, even at a higher base price.