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Acer privately shows first tablet running Chrome OS

by Justin Herrick | January 26, 2018January 26, 2018 10:00 am EST

Acer didn’t announce the world’s first Chrome OS-powered tablet officially; however, the company did show it off privately. Google would like to merge Chrome OS and Android at some point in the future, and now we’re getting an idea for the type of devices to make that a reality. It looks like Acer will be among the first partners to put Google’s simple-yet-useful operating system on a tablet rather than a laptop or two-in-one.

The tablet was spotted by an attendee at the Bett Show this week in London. A number of announcements were made relating to hardware running Chrome OS, but all of them related to the trade show’s education theme. And no brand showed a tablet running Chrome OS publicly.

Here’s the picture posted online by Alister Payne, who describes himself as a “career veteran teacher” in South Africa:

Little is known about the tablet, though the picture tells us a few things. It appears to be a standard 8-inch, or possibly 10-inch, tablet with thick bezels, a front-facing camera at the top, and Acer’s logo at the bottom. To compensate for the lack of a physical keyboard and trackpad, Acer included on-screen navigation buttons for Home and Back.

The tablet will also ship with a stylus, according to 9to5Google. Google’s been pushing partners to include a stylus with their hybrids as more Chromebooks are featuring touch-enabled displays.

Maybe Acer won’t be alone in announcing a Chrome OS-powered tablet in 2018. Earlier this month it became apparent that Samsung was developing a device¬†with a detachable display. It’d be a two-in-one like current Chromebooks, but this form factor completely separates the display from the keyboard if needed. Rumored specifications for Samsung’s hybrid include Intel’s Core processor and a high-end front-facing camera.

Interestingly, the tweet revealing the tablet with Chrome OS has since been deleted. So we wonder if an Acer employee accidentally let the attendee get his hands on it. Since the tweet is gone, the only reason would be Acer wanted to show the tablet to business partners and the media, not general attendees.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...