After a leaked image a few months ago, the Chrome OS world has been ripe with anticipation for a Chrome based tablet form factor. Now, at least in the education sector, we have an answer. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is a 9.7″ tablet that runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps.
The $320 Chromebook Tab 10 has 32GB of storage, which can be expanded thanks to the MicroSD slot. It has 4GB of RAM and is powered by Rockchip (but Google trademark owned) OP1 SoC. It will be available in April for purchase.
As with all new Chrome OS devices, the Tab 10 comes with a USB-C port for charging and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
The QXGA 9.7″ backlit LED display renders at 2048 x 1536 which supports stylus input. In fact, it comes with a stylus and it can be stored in the device. Camera wise, you have a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera. Connectivity is handled by the 2x2MIMO 802.11ac WiFi antenna and you have Bluetooth 4.1 built in too. Finally, it 34 Wh battery that provides 9 hours of power to the tablet.
As for licensing, it is running Google Educational licensing which means you would need to purchase the device through a Google education reseller to get one.
It would seem that 2018 is going to be a tablet rebirth for Android – but it is going to come via Chrome OS and that opens up a world of possibilities.