Chrome OS ran on laptops, desktops, convertibles, and all-in-one devices, but to this day, it did not run on a tablet. That changes with Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run Chrome OS.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is destined to rival the iPad, and that is particularly remarkable as it is announced only one day before Apple announces a new low-cost model.
The Tab 10 has a screen of 9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536, like the iPad, with front and rear cameras, an estimated nine hours of battery life, an OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a USB Port -C There is also a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.
But what is particularly remarkable is that the Tab 10 also has support for stylus; Like Samsung's Galaxy Note series, the Tab 10 even has a small built-in stylus. It is a Wacom brand pencil and requires no battery or additional charge.
The tablet will sell for $ 329, which is the same price as Apple's current entry-level iPad. It is expected that Apple will launch an iPad that costs $ 259 tomorrow, but if you need a stylus, currently Apple sells it separately for $ 99 more. It must also be charged and stored separately.
While Acer will sell the Tab 10 to the public, it is actually targeting the device in the education market (once again, just like the iPad that Apple is supposed to announce tomorrow). It is no coincidence that this tablet is announced today: Acer and Google are trying to anticipate Apple with its own tablet focused on education to promote Chrome OS in a market that already leads.
The Tab 10 will probably have some advantages over what Apple presents tomorrow. Although it can be more expensive, having an integrated pen without power will make it easier to use and store, or offer more options than an iPad that comes without one. (Although, the fact that neither of the two tablets has a keyboard could harm both and cause schools to choose a traditional laptop). The Tab 10 will also be able to run Android applications.
Schools may already be used to the Chrome operating system, since Google's operating systems currently dominate classroom computer sales due to its low cost and extensive cloud maintenance tools. With a price of $ 329, the Tab 10 is somewhat more expensive than other Chromebooks, which often start below $ 300. But if 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 then expand around the world in May.