Everything indicates that tomorrow, at its educational event, Apple will present one or more new low-cost iPad models, dedicated to the school environment. It is impossible to say that someone in Mountain View had this in mind when deciding to advertise today an educational-focused tablet to call their own, but … well, here we are.
Google today announced, in partnership with Acer, the Chromebook Tab 10, which fulfills exactly this role of being a (relatively) cheap equipment and intended mainly for students and / or children. It also has an interesting distinction: it is the first tablet to come equipped with Chrome OS, a system previously reserved only for “complete” or hybrid computers.
In terms of hardware, the equipment – as expected – does not bring anything 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), processor Rockchip OP1, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with microSD card slot and headphone jack (can I hear an amen?). Also present are a rear camera of 5 megapixels, a front of 2 megapixels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, USB-C port and a battery that, according to the manufacturer, lasts 9 hours in regular use.
More interesting to note is that the tablet brings, in the style of Galaxy Note smartphones, a Wacom stylus built into its body. The pen is not one of the most powerful – it is a piece without support for sensitivity levels and that does not need to be refilled or paired – but it must fulfill its role of helping students with tasks and notes. As for Chrome OS, here we have the same system as always, without adaptations (it is already very friendly to touch devices) and with the ability to run Android applications, which is always an interesting attraction.
The Chromebook Tab 10 will initially be sold only to schools and educational professionals; it will be launched in April in the United States, costing the same as the cheapest iPad (currently): $ 330. The launch in other parts of the world should occur from the following month.
Now, let’s wait for the Apple’s answer – if it will come.