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First Chrome OS tablet shows up at tech show

Chrome OS-powered Acer tablet (Source: Alister Payne)
Chrome OS-powered Acer tablet (Source: Alister Payne)
A tweet that has been removed shortly after being published revealed a yet-to-be-launched Chrome OS tablet by Acer, so we should get ready for the debut of these new slates.

Since Chromebooks are very popular in the US education market, it was only a matter of time until the arrival of the first Chrome OS-powered tablet. Not so long ago, we heard that Samsung was busy developing such a device. Now, an Acer Chromelet (call it whatever you like, it does not have an official name yet) has just surfaced on Twitter thanks to a teacher who attended the BETT 2018 trade show in London.

The original message simply says "Grade 1, 2, 3 look what's coming your way… Not official released but a ChromeOS tablet @chromeunboxed #BETT2018," and was accompanied by a picture. To make it even more interesting, the image has been removed from Twitter in the meantime, so this is definitely a product that was not supposed to be seen by the public yet and might hit the market soon.

Sadly, there is no information about the specs and features of this device yet, since it is not even on display at the BETT 2018 trade show. However, Chrome Unboxed expects this tablet to join the Acer Iconia lineup and they have just found out that it works with a companion stylus by Staedtler. At last, it looks like this Chrome OS-driven slate is the "Scarlet" device powered by a RockChip processor that Chrome Unboxed has been tracking for about a year.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-27 (Update: 2018-01-27)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.