On 27th March China, Google released the world’s first Chrome OS tablet - Acer Chromebook Tab 10, powered by Rockchip RK3399 OP1, which is mainly targeted to the global K-12 education market.
As defined by Google, the Chromebook Tab 10 is a lightweight version of Chrombook, designed for schools for convenient management and sharing. It is the first tablet that can operate Chrome OS, supports the superfine magnetic portable pen Wacom EMR stylus and is expected to support the Google Expeditions AR function. It can simultaneously support Chrome App and Android App. The product shape of Chrome OS+ tablet enables the interactive modes of touch and voice control to be more advantaged compared with keyboard.
In the design of hardware, the CPU adopts Rockchip OP1-RK3399, with a memory and storage space of 4GB+32GB, a 9.7-inch screen, a resolution of 2048x1536, a weight of only around 1.2 pounds, supporting Google Play and the USB-C extended function. It has an built- in HD 2MP front camera, double speakers, one microphone and a 5MP rear camera. The battery lasts up to 9 hours. The Wacom touch pen allows users to make use of the latest machine learning technology, bringing more natural handwriting experience.
Rockchip OP1-RK3399 was also used in the Chromebook plus jointly released by Google and Samsung at the CES in January 2017.
RK3399 CPU adopts Big.Little core structure, Dual Cortex-A72 big core + Quad Cortex-A53 little core structure. With Mali-T860 MP4 as the GPU, the general performance of the GPU improves by 45% compared to that of the previous generation. Additionally, the extensibility and multimedia performance of RK3399 are extremely strong, supporting DDR3\LPDDR3\LPDDR4 memory, H.264/H.265/VP9 4K10bit@60fps video decoding capability, HMDMI2.0, USB3.0, Type-C and even PCI-e port.
In recent years, Google has been making strong pushes towards the education market with steady increase in the market share. Chrome OS has gained a big success in the school market, with nearly all the computer manufacturers promoting the Chrome OS computers. By the third quarter of 2017, Chromebook had occupied 60% of the K-12 education market in the U.S.
The RK3399 OP1 Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will continue to assist in the upgrade and popularization of handwriting cloud tablet devices in the global education field.