Acer Announces First Chrome OS Tablet Ahead of Apple’s Education Event

On Tuesday, March 27, Apple is hosting an education-focused event in Chicago, Illinois, where the company is expected to announce a new, cheaper iPad option, along with new educational software.

Before that happens, though, Google and Acer want to jump ahead of the conversation and announce their own brand new, inexpensive tablet. This new option is called the Acer Tab 10, and it is the first tablet to run Google’s Chrome OS. Google and Acer are obviously trying to get ahead of whatever new iPad Apple is going to announce tomorrow, with Acer positioning the new Tab 10 as an educational option, too.

As far as specs are concerned, the Tab 10 has a 9.7-inch display, which has a resolution of 2048×1536 — which is the same size and resolution of the 9.7-inch iPad. Under the hood there is an OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. There is a USB Type-C port for charging. Acer also included a 3.5mm headphone jacket, and there is a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

The Tab 10 also supports a stylus, which Acer will include in the box. It’s from Wacom, and it doesn’t need to be charged to function.

Acer revealed that the price is set at $329, and the company will start selling the tablet in North America beginning in April. It will expand worldwide sometime in May.

Our Take

Sometimes the other companies out there in the world are pretty blatant with their movies, which can make it pretty hilarious and exciting. Google and Acer obviously want to jump ahead of Apple’s announcement tomorrow, but can the first Chrome OS tablet really stand up against a newer, cheaper iPad? We’ll have to wait and see.

[via The Verge]