Acer and Google unveil the first Chrome OS tablet

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Enter, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet device to run on Chrome OS, created from a joint collaboration between Acer and Google.

Acer's announcement of the Tab 10 is most likely connected to another event, hosted by Apple. Google has also claimed that will be soon provided Expeditions AR support to the rear camera of the tablet for classroom learning.

Tablets running Chrome OS have been rumored for years, and finally this week Google and its partner Acer announced the first Chrome OS tablet. 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. All user data on a Chromebook is encrypted, and verified boot checks the security of the device every time a device is booted. Typing homework assignments or any education-related works on a tablet without a keyboard can be tough. However, the absence of the keyboard could be a challenge for doing long assignments.

What makes this tablet stand out apart from the OS option is the ability to run Android apps; it is one of the few Chrome OS devices on the market with full access to the Android Play Store.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 arrives this April with a $329 (about £230, AU$425) price tag that seems a little high at first blush, but it's basically $499 (about £350, AU$640) Samsung Chromebook Plus specs in a tablet-sized device. The Acer tablet will reach Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in May priced at €329.

When it comes to hardware, it is unique as it comes equipped with a hexa-core processor called the OP1. It is popularly known as the "Chromebook processor" thanks to Google's involvement. It's important to note here, that the OP branding is owned by Google, although there's no identifier from either of the two companies on the SoC. Plus, Chrome OS is automatically updated and guards students against ever-changing online threats, such as viruses and malware. The Pro version comes with a different processor, a relatively popular one, and therefore, comes at a premium price even though both the models offer nearly identical performance.

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The Chrome OS-powered tablet also features a 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera. The Pixel C was discontinued sighting its lackluster sales.

We think that price would tend to suggest a United Kingdom price of just under £300.

What's interesting to note is the announcement comes ahead of Apple's event where the company is expected to announce a low-cost iPad.

And the Chromebook Tab 10, like the rumoured new iPad, is targeting students in the classroom.

Acer is touting the tablet as a ideal learning device for students in K-12 and its ease of deployment for school IT admins.