Google debuts Chrome OS tablets to take on the iPad in education

Nichole VegaMar 27, 2018

My guess is that we'll see non-education Chromebook tablets, including a Google Pixel-branded device, later in 2018. 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. All existing Chromebook education features like classroom IT management already work, as does Android apps with the Play Store.

"Because Chrome OS lets students securely share devices, Chromebook tablets are ideal for computer carts", Google For Education Group Product Manager Cyrus Mistry wrote in a blog post.

"The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 combines advances in hardware and application support to enable more meaningful learning for an even wider range of K-12 students", says Acer general manager James Lin. Conveniently, the stylus tucks neatly away inside the Chromebook Tab 10 for easy storage when not in use.

At 1.21 pounds, it is slightly heavier than the entry-level iPad and about 2.5mm thicker at 9.98mm, however, the stylus can be seamlessly stowed into the tablet. 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. However, it comes with a Wacom stylus that docks inside the tablet.

The Tab 10 has a 9.7-in.

IT administrators can manage the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 as easily as any of the other Chrome OS-based devices on their campus.

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. Like other Chromebooks today, it features 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion.

This Chrome OS tablet also joins the USB-C revolution with a single Gen 1 port for charging and data transfers.

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.

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