Now we really know why Google hasn’t pushed Android on tablets in recent years. As of late, we’ve seen cross-platform support for apps on Chrome OS devices. But the ultra-light operating system has been always limited to desktops and laptops. Well, that’s until today. Acer announced the world’s first Chrome OS tablet. While it doesn’t run Android in any way, it does offer full access to the Play Store and its massive catalog of content.
The Chromebook Tab 10 will be available in a limited capacity as Acer plans on targeting the education sector with this versatile machine.
Like most devices with this software, the Chromebook Tab 10 doesn’t ship with cutting-edge specifications. But the components are good enough where you should be able to get things done and have enough horsepower to run quality games. The Chromebook Tab 10 features a 9.7-inch (2048×1536) display, an OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and up to nine hours of battery life.
Acer also included a USB-C port, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. There’s even an included Wacom-made stylus that doesn’t need to be charged at any point. With the Chromebook Tab 10, you slide the stylus into the body for storing.
What seems to be missing, though, is a physical keyboard. There won’t be an accessory to improve productivity beyond a virtual keyboard’s limitations.
Because its Chrome OS at the core, you’re getting an incredibly fast and secure experience out of the Chromebook Tab 10. That’s because Google handles everything about the software. But, when you want a little more than what Chrome OS is capable of, the Play Store awaits. You can download apps and games just as you would on any other Android device.
Pricing for this tablet comes in at $329, which is in-line with Apple’s iPad. But the company is expected to launch an even cheaper iPad this week with education-focused software. So the Chromebook Tab 10 would appear to be Acer’s response to Apple’s play for the classroom.
Many schools have already made the switch to Chrome OS, so it’s unclear what type of interest a more affordable iPad can garner unless the software is truly groundbreaking. Google and its partners might’ve succeeded in knocking keeping Apple from reclaiming the attention of school districts that are tight on funds.
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