Asus’ Chromebook Tablet CT100 for Education

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 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 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.

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 SPECS
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
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.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Anton Shilov in AnandTech, follow this link for the complete article and more details.

Here are some additional sources to get different viewpoints on this new model:  liliputing, About Chromebooks, and Slash Gear.