What we’re looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.
According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or “Chromepad”) offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:
- Faster boot speeds
- Free-floating, resizable windows
- Support for Chrome browser extensions
- More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
- 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker
All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you’re using/not using now.
Unfortunately it’s entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it’s just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it’s certainly an intriguing idea.