The first Chrome OS tablet is officially the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

The first Chrome OS tablet is officially the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

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The slow evolution of Chrome OS from a browser-based desktop OS to a more Android-like touch-optimized OS has been well documented. More Android features are brought to Chrome OS every week. We’ve seen in-line replies, a touch-friendly launcher, Google Assistant, lock screen notifications, floating keyboard, and split-screen mode. There has also been an influx of Chromebooks with touchscreens, but they always include a physical keyboard. The first Chrome OS tablet is finally here.

Chrome OS will finally run in a 100% touchscreen environment on the newly announced Acer Chromebook Tab 10. The name is an oxymoron considering it can’t be a Chromebook and a tablet at the same time. There is no “book” in this device. Name aside, we’re looking at a tablet with a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 IPS display. It’s powered by a OP1 dual-core Cortex A72 and quad-core Cortex A53. The device has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, Wacom stylus, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, one USB-C port, and 34Wh battery. The tablet comes in at only 1.21 lbs.

The specs are very similar to other Chromebooks on the market, but the big difference here is obviously the lack of physical keyboard. The stylus should make it easier to navigate the more desktop-like parts of the interface without a trackpad. Android apps will feel a lot more natural in the touch-only environment. Android tablets were briefly popular, but they never really took off. The iPad is the king of tablets by a large margin. This is the first Chrome OS tablet so it will be interesting to see how people like it.

The Chromebook Tab will be available for $329 when it launches in May. That’s a pretty good price for a device that offers a stellar web experience and access to thousands of mobile apps. Will you be picking one of these up?

Source: Chrome Unboxed