Acer and Google today announce the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first education tablet made for Chrome OS.
Designed for use in K-12 classrooms, the 9.7-inch tablet could take some of the wind out of Apple's education-focused press conference on March 27, where Apple is rumored to announce an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad made to compete against Chromebooks.
Acer's new tablet, which will sell for $329 in April, is built around a 2048x1536-resolution IPS touchscreen with 264 pixels per inch. A Wacom EMR stylus comes standard and stores in the tablet's chassis that's only 0.39-inch thick (9.98 mm). The stylus uses machine learning to predict student writing for a natural writing experience. Running on a Rockchip OP1 processor, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage, the Tab 10 supports Google Play.
This device also comes with a world of immersive experiences with Google Expeditions AR. Coming soon, teachers can take students on Google Expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, the Colosseum, and even to the International Space Station-all from the screens of their Chrome devices. And with Expeditions AR, students will be able to stare into the eye of a miniature Category 5 hurricane or get up close with a strand of DNA.
The Tab 10 will also feature:
- Front 2-megapixel webcam and rear 5-megapixel camera
- Dual speakers and mic
- USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) port for charging, transfers and external displays
- 3.5mm headset jack, microSD slot
- 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1