Google has had great success with their Chrome OS powered desktop and laptop computers in the education market. That success is partly attributable to partners like Acer who saw the opportunity to make inroads with buyers in that market who seek low cost hardware that can be easily deployed and managed. Continuing on that path, Acer has launched the first tablet device, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, that runs the Chrome OS.
Acer indicates the new tablet device was designed and produced especially for education market buyers who want to deploy the devices in K-12 classrooms. According to James Lin, General Manager for Commercial and Detachable Notebooks with Acer:
“The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 combines advances in hardware and application support to enable more meaningful learning for an even wider range of K-12 students. The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 encourages students to discover new ways of understanding the world around them.”
Acer packed some decent hardware into the new tablet which notably includes stylus support and comes with a Wacom EMR stylus. In addition to including a slot for the stylus to be stored in, Acer used a simple design for the stylus so that no battery is required. Acer also worked to ensure the tablet could be used throughout an entire school day thanks to a battery that is rated to last 9 hours. Other hardware includes a 2048 x 1536 resolution 9.7-inch display, a 2MP HD webcam on the front for chatting and a rear-facing 5MP camera to be used to record video or images.
Powering the tablet is an OP1 processor matched up with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Acer also included a USB type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 weighs in at only 1.21 pounds and comes in a Cobalt Blue color.
When released in North America in April, the tablet will sell for $329. European availability is expected to follow shortly after that in May 2018.
With their announcement this week, Acer is taking on Apple which is expected to announce a new, cheaper iPad that targets the education market.