It seems that tomorrow, at its educational event, Apple will be introducing one or more new low-cost iPad models dedicated to the school environment. It is impossible to say that anyone in Mountain View had this in mind when deciding to announce today an educationally focused tablet to call their own, but here we are.
Google announced today, in partnership with Acer, the Chromebook Tab 10, which fulfills exactly this role of being (relatively) inexpensive equipment and intended primarily for students and / or children. It also holds an interesting distinction: the first tablet to come equipped with Chrome OS, system then reserved only for “full” or hybrid computers.
In terms of hardware, the equipment as expected is not at all impressive: here we have a 9.7 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels (enough for a rate of 264 pixels per inch), OP1 processor from Rockchip, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, with microSD card slot and a headphone jack (can I hear an amm?). Also featured are a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, a USB-C port and a battery that, according to the manufacturer, lasts 9 hours in regular use.
More interesting to note that the tablet brings, in the style of the Galaxy Note smartphones, a Wacom stylus embedded in its body. The not-so-powerful pen is a piece that does not support sensitivity levels and does not need to be reloaded or paired, but it should fulfill its role of assisting students with tasks and notes. As for Chrome OS, we have the same old system here, with no adaptations (it is already very friendly to touch devices) and with the ability to run Android apps, which is always an interesting draw.
The Chromebook Tab 10 will initially be sold only to schools and education professionals; It will be released in April in the United States, costing the same as the (currently) cheaper iPad: $ 330. The launch in other parts of the world should occur from the following month.
Let's now wait for Ma's response if she comes.