Acer will soon introduce a tablet computer that will be based on Google’s Chrome OS, if an unconfirmed report from Taiwan is correct.
Few details on this model are available, but industry sources in Asia indicate that it will have support for connecting to cellular-wireless networks.
Acer decided to forgo Microsoft Windows in favor of the Chrome OS in order to reduce the price of this upcoming tablet. It will reportedly sell for around NT$10,000 — about US$310 or €250.
The product is supposedly be produced by Quanta Computer, and will hit the market around the end of this month.
More about the Chrome OS
Google offers its own web browser, called Chrome. Last summer, it announced plans to develop an open-source operating system based on this browser. Basically, the Chrome OS will be the Chrome web browser running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.
Naturally, this will give it access to this company’s online services for e-mail, navigation, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
Although Google’s original vision for the Chrome OS was as an OS for low-cost netbooks, earlier this year the company said that its thinking had expanded to tablets. This means it needed to be modified to support touchscreens, and an on-screen keyboard was added.