Today Acer announced the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, a 10" inch tablet that runs Chrome OS. Chrome OS is the operating system that has taken schools by storm by its ease of use, security, and stability. Now it's time to jump-start a competitor to the iPad. Apple plan's to announce a new cheap iPad education-focused event to react to Chromebook's school dominance. Since Chrome OS was originally in 2011, the platform has come in many different form factors. From Chromeboxes, All-in-Ones, and Convertibles. Now is the first time we see a tablet on the platform. You can find out more at the Chromebook website.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is at 1.21 pounds, it is slightly heavier than the entry-level iPad and about 2.5mm thicker at 9.98mm. It's designed for collaboration, while Acer notes a portable design with a textured back in cobalt blue.
Design-wise and given the educational focus, this inaugural device looks like existing Android tablets. Thick bezels surround a 9.7 LED-backlit display with 2048 x 1536 resolution for a PPI of 264. This IPS panel supports an included Wacom EMR stylus that does not need a battery and can be seamlessly inserted into the tablet for storage.
It is launching this April in North America for $329 and in EMEA this May at €329. Price-wise, it’s identical to the current entry-level iPad and on par with most Chromebooks today.
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