It wasn’t too way back that we noticed the primary touchscreen Chromebook, then the primary Chrome OS machine with a built-in stylus. Now, Acer has simply introduced the primary web-powered pill – designed with college students in thoughts.
Oddly named after a clamshell-styled machine, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the primary Chrome OS pill with no bodily keyboard – in actual fact, the announcement makes no allusion to a keyboard in any respect.
Slightly, it’s a traditional, all-screen 9.7-inch pill that includes an IPS (in-plane switching) panel with a reasonably excessive 2,048 x 1,536 QXGA decision. The excellent news is which you can nonetheless pair it to a Bluetooth keyboard, and the Chrome OS pill additionally comes with a Wacom EMR stylus that college students can use can use to sketch, take notes and mark up papers exactly.
When it comes to energy, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes outfitted with an OP1 processor with a dual-core Cortex-A72 and a quad-core Cortex-A53 processors. Additionally on board is 4GB of RAM, a 32GB eMMC storage drive, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.1.
This Chrome OS pill additionally joins the USB-C revolution with a single Gen 1 port for charging and knowledge transfers.
Past operating the standard Chrome OS app, the Tab 10 absolutely helps the Google Play Retailer, so customers can obtain any of the tens of millions of Android apps.
Acer additionally claims customers can anticipate as much as 9 hours of battery life to final college students by way of the day. That’s not precisely on par with the double-digit run occasions we anticipate from Chromebooks, however spectacular nonetheless given the pill solely weighs 1.21 kilos and measures simply 0.39 inches skinny.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 arrives this April with a $329 (about £230, AU$425) price ticket that appears a bit excessive at first blush, but it surely’s principally $499 (about £350, AU$640) Samsung Chromebook Plus specs in a tablet-sized machine.
We’ll must see whether or not or not it holds up in opposition to Apple’s seemingly education-focused iPad announcement this week, which is clearly Acer’s intent with the pill. Being a serious participant within the Chromebook for schooling sector, Acer has rather a lot to lose if Apple returns its Sauron-like gaze upon this finish of the tech world as anticipated.