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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first Chrome OS tablet for education                   By Rei Padla

Design-wise and given the educational focus, this inaugural device looks like existing Android tablet. Not to be outdone, Google's first tablet, powered by the same operating system found on the millions of Chromebook laptops in classrooms across the U.S., was unveiled today, March 26. But even if it's priced below Acer's new device (and the other Chrome tablets that will surely follow), it's unlikely that the Apple version will be as affordable after adding a keyboard case and stylus.

Interestingly, Acer's tablet apes the 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 display matches the specs deployed in that iPad. Meant to cover a wide range of K-12 students, the Chromebook Tab 10 attempts to offer the best of both worlds - that is, it'll boast the perks of Chrome OS in a package that's easy to use and carry around. It also ships with a Wacom EMR stylus which will enable students to control apps more precisely as well as sketch on the tablet. That's not exactly on par with the double-digit run times we expect from Chromebooks, but impressive nonetheless given the tablet only weighs 1.21 pounds and measures just 0.39 inches thin.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be aimed at K-12 classrooms, and the Taiwanese tech giant will be hoping to emulate the success of Chromebooks in US classrooms with a different form factor.

IT administrators can manage the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 as easily as any of the other Chrome OS-based devices on their campus. Acer and Google will also be including Augmented Reality support soon through Google Expeditions - though no mention of ARCore has been made...yet.

Acer unveils the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329, the first Chrome OS tablet

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 can be shared throughout the school site and in labs since Chrome OS supports multiple user sign-in, giving students quick access to their information, apps, projects, Gmail and more when they log onto their unique account.

In terms of power, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes equipped with an OP1 processor with a dual-core Cortex-A72 and a quad-core Cortex-A53 processors.

You'll be able to buy the Chromebook Tab 10 in North America sometime in April, but it won't be on sale in the United Kingdom until May. Acer's new Chrome OS tablet has a single USB Type-C port for data, charging, and audio, but there's a microSD card for expandable storage.

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