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Acer could launch first Chrome OS tablet later this month

Chrome OS tablet concept
Chrome OS tablet concept
The first Chrome OS-driven tablet could arrive at the end of this month from Acer, but there is no official confirmation yet.

While rumors about the first Chrome OS-powered tablets have been around even before the first Chromebooks reached the market, this long wait may soon be over. The first company to release a Chromebook back in 2011 was Samsung, but now Acer is expected to release the world's first tablet loaded with Google's Linux kernel-based operating system aimed at Web applications.

According to ZDNet, last week Acer sent out invites to an event that will take place at the end of the month. Unfortunately, the message contained by the email is rather cryptic. "A touch more connected." reads the invite. This could be considered a hint at a tablet, but it could also pave the way for another touch-enabled device to enter a market segment with potential, for example a smartwatch. 

Adding a Chrome OS tablet to its current product lineup could help Acer a lot, although this is also a risky move. Since 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped last year and products like the Asus Chromebox or the media streaming Chromecast are opening new roads, a first Chrome OS tablet seems like a wise move. It only remains to be seen how will the market react to it.

If these expectations get confirmed during the April 29 event, we will get back to this topic soon after the world's first Chrome OS-powered tablet hits the lights.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-04- 9 (Update: 2021-05-18)