The very first Chrome OS tablet makes its debut as the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Although we knew the device was on the way, Acer officially revealed its Chrome OS-based tablet on Monday, March 26, labeled as the Chromebook Tab 10. It’s the first tablet-class device built for the education sector to run Google’s cloud-heavy operating system. But it also supports Google Play along with its associated apps and will eventually support the Google Expeditions augmented reality platform for “immersive learning experiences.” 

First, here are the hardware specifications: 

Screen size:  9.7 inches 
Screen type: 

In-plane switching 

Screen resolution: 

2,048 x 1,536 (264ppi) 


RockChip RK3399 (OP1) 








Wireless Ac (2×2)
Bluetooth 4.1 


1x USB-C 3.1 Gen1
1x Micro SD card reader
1x headphone/microphone jack 


5MB front
8MP back 


2x speakers 


6.78 (W) x 9.38 (D) x 0.39 (H) inches 


1.21 pounds 


34Wh – up to 9 hours 


Cobalt Blue 

Included peripheral: 

Wacom EMR stylus 




April 2018 

 We filled in the chart’s processor and graphics aspects. The company doesn’t specifically name the Rockchip processor but previous leaks pointed to the chip, and Acer’s own press release describes the RK3399 perfectly: Two “big” Cortex-A72 cores, and four “little” Cortex-A53 cores. The smaller cores are meant for normal tasks while the tablet shifts to the two larger cores when it needs a processing boost, such as playing games. 

Everything else we see in Acer’s official announcement is spot on: Two cameras, a QXGA resolution, the included Wacom EMR stylus, and the 9.7-inch screen. The EMR aspect means the stylus is based on electro-magnetic resonance, meaning the pen can function without batteries or cords. How? Wacom says the technology is like magic. 

“First, there is the power mode, which is where the sensor creates a magnetic field and sends out a frequency that is picked up by the pen,” Wacom said. “This transfers energy into the pen wirelessly, like how a tuning fork makes a piano wire move without touching it.” 

The benefit of Google’s Chrome OS platform is that it relies on cloud-based apps. There is nothing to download and install, providing a highly secure environment for students that requires very little storage. But with the introduction of Google Play means students can download and install their favorite Android apps (if allowed), requiring a bit more storage. Acer throws in a Micro SD card slot, too, if 32GB just isn’t enough. 

“The slim size and portable design enables the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 to be moved around the classroom and taken to even more places for continuous learning,” Acer said. “This means a wider range of students, including younger ones with smaller hands, can handle the device.” 

For institutions, the benefits of a Chrome OS tablet are plenty. Using the Chrome Education license, IT administrators can update the unit, enable restrictions, and so on like they would with any other Chrome OS device. Meanwhile, the platform supports multiple users, thus the tablet can be used in multiple classes and by any number of students.

Acer’s Chrome OS tablet arrives in North America in April for education and commercial customers at $329. 


Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.

In 2019, laptops are better than ever. Here are the best of the best

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. Our picks for the best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while they're at it.

You don't have to spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.

Here are the best Chromebook deals available in March 2019

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- that won't…

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.

Is it worth spending more for the Surface Pro, or is the Surface Go good enough?

The Surface Go vs. Surface Pro — which is better? While the higher price tag of one might make you think it's an easy choice, a deeper dive into what each offers makes it a closer race than you might assume.

Hands-on with Microsoft Chromium Edge: A first look at the early release

We installed a preview of Edge Chromium, and there's now a lot that makes it feel Chrome, but there are also some similarities to the old Edge. So, is the new Chromium Edge the best browser ever? Here's a hands-on look.

Amazon sale knocks $200 off the price of 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

If you always wanted to buy a MacBook Pro but found it a bit too expensive, now is your chance to save. A base version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is currently on sale at Amazon for $1,600.

Apple’s 4K 21.5-inch iMac is now $200 off if you pre-order it

Apple's new iMacs are now available and if you pre-order one from B&H you can get the midrange version for $200. That's a near 20-percent saving on one of the most competitive configurations.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft’s latest breakthrough could make DNA-based data centers possible

Could tomorrow's data centers possibly store information in the form of synthetic DNA? Researchers from Microsoft have successfully encoded the word "hello" into DNA and then back again.

Own an Asus computer? Malware might be hiding in your system

If you own an Asus computer, your system might have been infected by malware distributed from the tool you typically use to update the BIOS and install other security patches, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

The new Windows 10 File Explorer could look like this in 2020

Microsoft may update Windows 10's File Explorer to adopt Fluent Design principles in an upcoming 2020 update. A report suggests that we'll get our first glimpse at the new-look explorer in upcoming Windows Insider builds.

DisplayPort and HDMI both connect to screens, but here's how they're different

HDMI and DisplayPort are two of the most popular connectors for hooking up consoles, gaming PCs, TVs, and monitors, but which is best? To find out, we pitted HDMI vs. DisplayPort and compared their best and worst features.

Get a new 2018 Apple MacBook Air for $1,000 with Amazon’s latest sale

Online retailer Amazon is currently running a discount on select models of the MacBook Air 2018. You can bring one home starting at $1,000, a full $200 off the usual selling price.