Chrome OS and Android have progressively grown together over the past few years, from apps to tighter integrations. Acer is taking things one step further with the first of its kind, the Chromebook Tab 10. A dedicated tablet running Google's desktop OS, Acer is keeping its sights on the education market, much to some of our dismay.
|Display||9.7" 2048x1536 IPS LCD|
|CPU||OP1; dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad Cortex-A53|
|Storage||32GB eMMC, expandable via microSD|
|Cameras||5MP rear, 2MP front|
|Connectivity||802.11ac (2x2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||1xUSB Type-C 3.1|
|Measurements||172.2x238.2x9.98 mm; 550 g|
|Price||$329 USD, €329|
We saw the Chromebook Tab 10 appear a little while back, but having official confirmation is always nice. Play Store support comes standard out of the box, with Google Expeditions AR coming in the future. A Wacom EMR stylus comes included to help students more precisely control the apps, write notes, sketch, and so on. Acer claims that the 34Wh battery will last about nine hours, which isn't too bad.
The biggest downside is that the Chromebook Tab 10 isn't really designed for the general consumer market. But Acer says that it will be available for education customers and the "commercial" space in North America next month for $329, while Europe, Africa, and the Middle East can join the party in May for €329.
Now to wait for the dawn of Chrome OS tablets (or as I think they should be called, Chromeblets) and/or detachables. I hope it comes soon.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (March 26, 2018) – Acer today unveiled the first education tablet running Chrome OS, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N). The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is designed for Acer’s education customers and will be used in K-12 classrooms to expand and enhance student learning by bringing the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome OS into the tablet form factor.
“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,” said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. “The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 encourages students to discover new ways of understanding the world around them.”
Students Can Do More with QXGA Display, Portable Design
Students can see their classwork and apps in stunning clarity and bright color on the 9.7-inch QXGA IPS touch display. Providing 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch, the display offers students incredibly clear perspectives on the topics they are studying. The slim size and portable design enables the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 to be moved around the classroom and taken to even more places for continuous learning. This means a wider range of students, including younger ones with smaller hands, can handle the device and engage with the intuitive touch display as they navigate, zoom and spin through their lessons.
In addition, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 fully supports Google Play, which gives teachers and students access to educational Android apps that have been approved and curated by administrators to let them collaborate, discover, engage and learn.
The compact size ensures that the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 easily fits in a backpack or desk, and the unique cobalt blue color makes it stand out so it’s easy to find. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 weighs only 1.21 pounds (550g) and measures just 6.78 (W) x 9.38 (D) x 0.39 (H) inches [172.2 (W) x 238.2 (D) x 9.98 (H) mm].
Features Make the Most of Chrome OS
Students can use the front 2MP HD webcam and dual accompanying speakers and microphone for chats over Google Hangouts. The rear 5MP camera enables students to capture video and images.
To give students additional ways to interact with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the device comes standard with a Wacom EMR stylus. Students can work precisely with interactive apps, sketch, take notes and capture ideas that can be shared with classmates and teachers. The Wacom EMR stylus can be embedded in the chassis dock for secure storage. Plus, it doesn’t require a battery and is resistant to accidental drops.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 provides long battery life of up to 9 hours – enough for 1:1 programs where students use them throughout their school day, as well as at home for projects. Schools with dedicated labs and wireless carts can use the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 over several days of classroom time.
Easy to Manage and Keep Secure
IT administrators can manage the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 as easily as any of the other Chrome OS-based devices on their campus. They can make updates, configure apps, as well as manage extensions and policies with the Chrome Education license.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 can be shared throughout the school site and in labs since Chrome OS supports multiple user sign-in, giving students quick access to their information, apps, projects, Gmail and more when they log onto their unique account. Even if a device is lost, stolen or damaged, students won’t lose their information. Storage on Google Drive protects files, documents and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version is always available. Plus, Chrome OS is automatically updated and guards students against ever-changing online threats, such as viruses and malware.
Solid Performance and Ports
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 responds quickly and can run multiple apps at once, as it’s powered by an OP1 Processor that integrates dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53 processors. Also, it includes 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. Students will stay connected to their school’s network with fast and reliable 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and can connect to displays and other devices via Bluetooth 4.1.
The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 includes a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, which can be used to charge the device as well as other products, transfer data quickly up to 5Gbps, and connect to an HD display. It also features combo headphone/speaker jack and a MicroSD card reader.
Planned Support for Augmented Reality
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality in the future to allow students to experience new ways of learning with Expeditions AR. Expeditions AR is Google’s AR technology that maps the classroom and places 3D objects in it for students to study, making subjects such as biology, geography and astronomy easier to comprehend.
Price and Availability
The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (D651N) will be 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).
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.