Designed primarily for education use, the Chromebook Tablet CT100 has a rubberized chassis and is powered by an ARM-based SoC, essentially bringing together rugged design and low cost. As the device can run applications developed for Android and Chrome OS, the CT100 may become a viable option for those planning to buy an inexpensive Android tablet.

 

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 is powered by the Rockchip OP1 processor which packs two high-performance Arm Cortex-A72 cores, four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores, Arm Mali-T864 graphics, supports hardware decode/encode for Ultra-HD 4K video, and has a number of Chrome OS-specific optimizations brought-in by Google and designed to improve user experience. The tablet is equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory and 32 GB of eMMC storage (which can be enhanced with a microSD card), which is standard for education-oriented Chrome OS-based devices.

The Chromebook Tablet CT100 has a rather typical 9.7-inch touch-enabled LCD with a 2048×1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch covered by tempered glass. Imaging capabilities of the slate include a 2 MP user-facing webcam as well as a 5 MP camera on the back. As for connectivity, the tablet features 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.1 controlled by the Qualcomm QCA6174 silicon. It has a USB 3.0 Type-C connector for data, charging, and display connectivity, as well as a TRRS audio jack for headsets. Battery capacity is rated as a 35 Wh lithium-polymer battery, a standard capacity for 9.7-inch tablets.

Moving on to dimensions. The tablet comes in a reinforced and rubberized chassis, so it is slightly bigger and thicker (at 9.9 mm) than typical slates with a 9.7-inch display. The good thing about the CT100 is that it is rated for drops up to 1 meter, which is a typical height of tables and desks. As for mass, the tablet weighs 568 grams.

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
  CT100
Display Diagonal 9.7"
Resolution 2048×1536
PD 264 PPI
SoC Rockchip OP1
2 × ARM Cortex-A72
4 × ARM Cortex-A53
ARM Mali-T864 graphics
RAM 4 GB
Storage 32 GB
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module (Qualcomm QCA6174)
Bluetooth BT 4.1
USB 1 × USB Type-C (5 Gbps) for data, charging, display output
Other I/O 2 MP webcam, 5MP rear camera,
TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone
Dimensions (H × W × D) 9.9 × 238.8 × 172.2 mm
0.38 × 9.4 × 6.77 inches
Weight 538 grams | 1.18 pounds
Battery Life 35 Wh
Price ?

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 will be available in the coming months. While formally the CT100 is aimed at schools and other education institutions, it will most likely make its way to Amazon and other retailers.

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Source: ASUS, Top Image from LaptopMag

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  • PeachNCream - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    The needless differentiation between Chrome OS and Android needs to stop at some point. Quit flirting with the cross-platform applications and just merge the two already Alphabet! We need a unified OS designed by Google to mine data from unsuspecting school-aged children AND apathetic adults that sell themselves off for free information technology-related services. Reply
  • HStewart - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    I think Chrome OS was an attempt to infiltrate the Windows tablet marked with lower cost machines - using ARM processors for Chrome OS is better use of Chrome. Going the opposite direction with Windows for ARM is also a bad design - I not sure anybody uses those machines. Reply
  • cjb110 - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - link

    See Fuschia, that's expected to be the single OS for all things Google at some point. It fixes the Oracle spat over Java API's, and will allow Google to take control from the mobile OEMs and carriers (ala Apple) Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    An 8" version of this would be awesome. Especially if the price is under $200 CDN. 10" is too big.

    The iPad Mini, Galaxy Tab A 8", and similar are just the right size in every way except cost.
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  • HStewart - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    It is interesting that companies like Apple / Samsung can't make ARM tablets in that range - it might be that x86 components are cheaper or companies have noises stuck up. Reply
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