Acer is looking to conquer the education market with a fresh take on Chrome OS-based devices for students. The company just announced the Chromebook Tab 10, which Acer claims is the first Chrome OS tablet designed specifically for the education market, and it also includes full access to the Google Play Store.
The Chromebook Tab 10 features a respectable 9.7-inch 2048×1536 IPS touch display (264 pixels per inch), which puts it on equal footing with the Apple iPad. The tablet also includes a Wacom EMR stylus that allows students to draw and take notes (it can be stored within the body of the tablet when not in use). We’d have to imagine that taking notes in class with a stylus is preferable to using the on-screen keyboard in some cases.
Powering the Chromebook Tab 10 is a hexa-core OP1 processor, which features a dual-core Cortex-A72 cluster and a quad-core Cortex-A53 cluster. 4GB of RAM is paired with the SoC and there is 32GB of internal storage (a microSD slot is included to expand that storage). 802.11ac Wi-Fi should provide a speedy connection to school’s network, and there’s a Bluetooth 4.1 radio for wirelessly connecting accessories. We should mention that there is a USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging the tablet, while other features include a 2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera and stereo speakers.
Acer says that the 1.21-pound Chromebook Tab 10 can last up to 9 hours per charge, which should be more than enough to last through a typical school day.
“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, Acer’s General Manager for Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business. “The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 encourages students to discover new ways of understanding the world around them.”
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be available in April with an MSRP of $329, which is equal to that of the entry-level 9.7-inch Apple iPad. The announcement of the Chromebook Tab 10 comes just a day before Apple will reportedly launch a new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pen support aimed at the education sector.