A few months ago, a Twitter user shared a photo of an Acer tablet running Google’s Chrome OS. That tablet has launched today as the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. And it comes in blue!!!
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (this is a long name, ChromeTab 10 is better) doesn’t stray from the usual design of older tablets. There are bezels (black) on all sides which are pretty useful when it comes to holding a device this large. The top bezel is home to a front camera and the lower bezel has Acer’s logo.
The rear of the tablet is covered in Blue Cobalt paint with a hatching pattern. The sides are smooth and have a matte finish. There is a camera at the top right corner and a Chrome logo at the bottom. Buttons are on the left hand side and between the power button and volume rocker is a LED light.
Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Specs
The Chromebook Tab 10 has a 9.7” 2048 x 1536 LCD display. It is powered by a hexa-core processor called the OP1. You may be wondering what processor is called the OP1.
OP is actually a Google owned trademark for chipsets that are optimized for ChromeOS. The OP1 is an ARM chip made by Rockchip and it also powers the Samsung Chromebook Plus and the ASUS Chromebook Flip C101.
The OP1 has dual Cortex-A72 cores and quad Cortex-A53 cores. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage in the Chromebook Tab 10.
There is a 2MP front camera for video calls and a 5MP camera on the back for pictures and video recording. The tablet also comes with a Wacom EMR Pen for taking down notes and drawing. The stylus doesn’t use a battery neither does it need to be charged. It can be safely stored in a slot at the bottom of the device.
Acer doesn’t state the battery capacity but says it can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. It recharges via a USB-C 3.1 port which also has DisplayPort support in case you want to hook it up to an external display.
The Chromebook Tab 10 comes with Play Store support out of the box. Acer says it will also receive support for Google Expeditions AR in future.
It weighs 550g and measures 172.2 x 238.2 x 9.98 mm.
Price and Availability
Acer’s target market for the Chromebook Tab 10 is the classroom (K-12) for enhancing learning. Nevertheless, it will be available to the public for purchase in North America in April for $329, and in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for €329 in May.
This is the first Chrome OS tab but won’t be the last.