Apple has an education-focused event planned for tomorrow, but it looks like Mountain View is stealing just a little bit of Cupertino’s thunder today. Apple has formally revealed its first Chromebook tablet and its the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. And yes, it’s very much being targeted at the education market too.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Is Google's First Chrome OS Tablet

This makes sense, because even though the Chromebook has been adopted by regular Joes and Janes, it’s also a hit among educators in the classroom. It only makes sense, for today’s touchscreen-infused generation, to offer them an education tablet too. And that’s how we arrive at the first Chrome OS tablet.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 takes on overall dimensions that are eerily reminiscent of the regular iPad. The 9.7-inch display has the same 4:3 aspect ratio and 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution as its Apple equivalent. And just like the iPad Pro, this Chrome OS tablet gets a stylus too. this one gets “advanced machine learning,” as only Google does, “to predict student writing for a natural writing experience.”

Designed for collaboration, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (and presumably all the other Chrome OS tablets to follow) provide schools with the same level of management and shareability. This is full fledged Chrome OS, so you get the dock at the bottom and the usual suite of Chrome OS apps. And remember that Android apps work on new Chromebooks, so that should apply here as well.

Google says that “students can quickly and securely log on to any device for a personalized learning experience and just as easily log out from all apps when class is over.” This way, schools don’t have to dedicate single devices to single students. They can be easily passed around and shared.

We recently called for the death of the Android tablet and the introduction of the first education tablet made for Chrome OS could indeed push that agenda along. And it’s got a stylus that doesn’t require charging or pairing either.


The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is set to retail for $329 when it hits U.S. shelves in April, following by a wider global launch some time the following month.

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