Thursday , April 19 2018

Google announces the first Chrome OS tablet: The Acer Chromebook Tab 10


After first being sighted earlier this year, the worlds first Chrome OS tablet from Acer is now official, with Acer and Google this morning announcing the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N) for the education market.

The name may be a mouthful, but so are the specs with the tablet featuring a 9.7″ 2048×1536 resolution IPS LCD display, and powered by an ‘OP1’ processor, a processor manufactured by Rockchip that is optimised fro Chrome OS, as well as 4GB of RAM. The tablet also includes 32GB eMMC storage on-board which is expandable via microSD.

The tablet includes a front-facing 2MP webcam and dual speakers and microphone for any video conferencing that they want to do, and also a 5MP rear camera to allow students to capture video and still images – including notes on the board.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 features the same Chrome OS we’ve come to know and love, as well as Google Play support. Acer and Google will also be including Augmented Reality support soon through Google Expeditions – though no mention of ARCore has been made…yet.

The Chromebook Tab 10 will include a low-cost Stylus from Wacom that doesn’t require charging or pairing. The stylus will be used to interact with the apps, take notes or sketch on the device. Conveniently, the stylus tucks neatly away inside the Chromebook Tab 10 for easy storage when not in use.

The Chromebook Tab 10 will have a 34Wh battery inside, charged via the USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port,, that Acer says will last 9 hours of use – basically a full school day.

At this stage only availability in the US and European markets has been announced, with the Chromebook Tab 10 available to ‘education and commercial customers in North America in April priced at US$329 and in EMEA in May priced at €329 (including VAT)’. We’ve reached out to Acer Australia about local availability and we’ll let you know as soon as they announce anything.

Source: Acer.
Via: Google.

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10 Comments on "Google announces the first Chrome OS tablet: The Acer Chromebook Tab 10"

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Ausdroid Reader

I wish these things (Tablets) would have an OTG separate from the charging port so you can add battery backup while still using OTG.

Ausdroid Reader

US$329 is a lot cheaper than 329 euro if importing

Ausdroid Reader

Coming from a Tab S2 as well, this looks great but no OLED screen = no deal.

Fred
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Fred

Problem is, the Android compatibility is still poor with chromeos, and the market is thus small as well.

Would have been sensible to allow dual boot to increase the market size.

Ausdroid Reader
To say Android compatibility is poor is a very strong statement. You would need evidence of at least half a dozen to a dozen mainstream Android apps that either didn’t work at all, or worked so poorly as to be effectively useless. Is be interested if you could list such a number of apps because I think your comment is materially incorrect, I see very few apps that have anything other than minor UI foibles that are little more than inconvenient, and basically no mainstream/modern apps that are inoperable. Most work perfectly fine, if a little inelegantly in a few… Read more »
Anti-Fred
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Anti-Fred

Hehe
This is Fred. Fred just drops unsubstantiated negative comments and leaves.
Don’t mind him.

Android Apps work well for the most part. There’s some issues with running apps side-by-side but Google seems aware of it and are working on it. They have a lead in Chrome OS devices in the education market so there’s incentive to continue developing.

Ausdroid Reader

Good. Now I can replace my Samsung Tab 2 which hasn’t had a security patch since April 2017.

chris
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chris

A little while yet, education buyers US and EU market only alas.

Ausdroid Reader

Yeah, I’m hoping to be able to import one asap, which is the only way get a decent Chromebook living in Australia.

Ausdroid Director

I’m with you Geoff I’m going to try and import one of these as well.

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