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First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Acer turns Chrome OS into a fondleslab so you don’t give teacher an Apple

Google and Acer have given the world its first Chromebook Tablet.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 takes Google’s OS, slices off its keyboard and runs it on a 9.7-inch tablet that has an utterly anodyne design.

Under the hood you’ll find an OP1 CPU that bonds dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53 silicon, plus 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 let it talk to the world. Battery life is said to reach nine hours and the screen is a QXGA IPS touch display at 2048 x 1536. Cameras? Yep, two: 2MP up front, 5MP at the rear.

There’s also a battery-free Wacom stylus and a slot for it to live in, a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, speaker/headphone/microphone jack and a Micro SD card reader.

The device is administrable using Google’s Chromebook-wrangler for schools and can work with the ad giant’s Play app bazaar.

Google reckons the device’s big selling points are portability and touch-screen interactivity, AI-fuelled software that makes for better on-screen writing and a dock that should help prevent the device being damaged.

The Register reckons the device’s immediate virtue is that it’s gathered some attention a couple of days before Apple makes an education-centric announcement widely expected to include cheaper iPads for schools.

The Chromebook Tab will set you back at least US$329 or €329, plus sales tax, and will go on sale in May. ®


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