Since 2011, Taiwanese PC giant Acer Inc. has been on board with Google’s Chromebook project, where hardware manufacturers equip laptops with Google’s own Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system, designed to be cheap and easy to use.
However, this year the company announced a tablet Chromebook, the first from any PC maker. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 was shown in March with shipments expected in June. It comes with nine hours of battery life and “crisp” 2048×1536 screen resolution, the company says on its website.
The shift into Chromebook tablets stands to lift once-ailing Acer’s bottom line by offering students something lighter and–for younger people–more accessible than a laptop PC with a regular keyboard.
“This is not only Acer’s first Chromebook tablet, it is the first Chromebook tablet to be released by any brand,” says Jason Barry, research analyst with Gap Intelligence in the United States. “The reason for the shift from notebook to tablet form for Chromebooks is to expand options for students.”