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.