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Acer Chrome OS Tablet Display Details Revealed

Just about a week ago, the first eyes-on of the Acer Chrome OS tablet leaked from the BETT show in London. The tweet has been pulled, but we’ve heard plenty of folks saying they saw this device in the flesh at the show as well. Our leaning is this mystery device is none other than the ‘Scarlet’ tablet we’ve been tracking for over a year now.

Pen support, stowable stylus, and internal chipset all point to the fact that what we’ve seen at BETT is, in fact, ‘Scarlet’.

What We Know

Making that connection allows us to make yet another detail about this tablet discernable, but we’ll get there. First, I want to run down the things we know about ‘Scarlet’ as it has been a while since we’ve talked much about it.

  • Tablet form factor
  • Front and rear cameras
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Stowable EMR stylus support
  • Rockchip RK3399 (same as Samsung’s Chromebook Plus)

One place we’ve yet to nail down final details on is the screen. Both the size and resolution have been tested on quite a few models over the course of the last year. Many things we’ve seen to this point seemed to be nudging us towards an 8-inch form factor, but that was always a bit puzzling to me.

Since the show in BETT, we had an anonymous tipster inform us that they spent a few minutes with the Acer tablet at the show and can confirm it’s nearly-10-inch size, giving us some fresh perspective to use when combing through the repositories.

With this in mind, I set out to see if I could find any further details surrounding ‘Scarlet’ and its display last night and, to my surprise, I found something more specific. See the language in this commit:

UPSTREAM: google/scarlet: Add initialization sequence for Innolux P097PFG panel

It is clear when reading this commit fully that the devs are working through a current issue with the display and waiting on Innolux to provide a fix. At this point in the game, assuming the Acer tablet is ‘Scarlet’, I doubt they are still testing random displays. Also, take into consideration this commit is only 26 hours old as of the writing of this post.

With the tablet physically being at BETT, we’re left to wonder if this programming issue cropped up before the show and Acer was forced to pull it from their booth last minute. If so, I’d imagine we’ll see the official unveiling very, very soon.

The most interesting thing in this commit, however, isn’t the issue being highlighted. It is the exact model number of the display being used. Innolux P097PFG. Search the internet and you won’t find much about this specific model, but there are a few details if you look close enough.

According to a post by Li Huang of Rockchip over at freedesktop.org, you can see a few details about this exact display: 3 to be specific.

  • 9.7-inches
  • 1536×2048 resolution
  • TFT LCD (which is what IPS panels are made from)

Based on the info we received from our tipster, all the ways this device lines up with what we know about ‘Scarlet’, and what we’re seeing as the most current inner-workings from the developers, I feel quite confident that we’ve uncovered another piece of the ‘Scarlet’ puzzle. One thing is quite certain: this new tablet from Acer is shaping up to be quite an intriguing device.

It is yet to be seen how Acer will handle the keyboard/trackpad part of the equation at this point. Will they have a few official accessories? Will users be left to find their own solutions?

The tablet and detachable Chromebook scene is basically the Wild-Wild West at this point, so it is very hard to say. At first, it seems, Acer is looking to position this device to go into the classroom and do battle in the places where iPads are still holding residence.

What about you? Are you interested in owning a Chrome OS tablet? With a feature set similar to Samsung’s Chromebook Plus, would you rather have a dedicated tablet or a convertible? Let us know in the comments!

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Robby Payne

Tech junkie. Musician. Web Developer. Coffee Snob. Huge fan of the Google things. Founded Chrome Unboxed because so many of my passions collide in this space. I like that. I want to share that. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Personally, I think a Pixel C style detachable is better than a Pixelbook convertible. It'd provide the best of both worlds. When needed, you can have the full keyboard, track pad, etc. And when you don't, you can just leave it behind and have a thinner, lighter tablet with a flat, keyless back to hold onto.

    Pending the final specs, price, etc, I'll probably end up getting two - one for myself and one for my mother to replace our aging, now end of life'd Nexus 9 tabs. The fun part will be seeing how well she can adapt from Android to Chrome OS...

  • I'm definitely interested in a Chrome OS tablet, after having a Nexus 7 (that died) and a Nexus 9 (that's dying) I'm in the market for a new tablet.
    I've been tempted by a Chrome laptop that supports Android apps but a Chrome tablet would suit my needs - I tend to use my tablet at home on the sofa, mainly for browsing the internet, checking emails or playing games. A laptop or 2in1 would probably be too bulky.
    I've always had a vision that Chrome OS and Android would converge, if it was done well then Google could get their foot in the Enterprise market. I think the key is going to be how they make Chrome OS touch compatible whilst also supporting a mouse/keyboard - This is something I think Microsoft really struggled with.

    • I'm exactly on the same boat.

      Been waiting a long time for something to replace my Nexus 9 with.

    • My Nexus 7 died just a month ago. I saw a good deal on a Galaxy Tab E 9.7 inch, now running on Nougat 7.1.1. It works great but I am now looking to upgrade to either a Chrome or Android tablet with an AMOLED screen, I do not need a physical keyboard.

      • Yep thats what im typing from right now.. the tab e 9.6 is preety nifty! Performs decent, and its durable!

  • That's pretty cool. Although, the RK3399 is a bit weak when it comes to 3D mobile-gaming. I've always wanted to see a Chrome OS device with a Tegra X1 or a Snapdragon 835 chip.

  • The commit introduces the middling P097PFG panel - a late change, apparently - but Li Huang's comments seem to be directed towards provision of a unified initialization sequence capable of bringing up either the Innolux P079ZCA panel or the P097PFG. That suggests we are dealing with two different product specs here.

  • I got a Nexus 7 years ago. It worked fine for almost a year and after an update it was to slow to use. It was not even a good paper weight. I got my kids a 8 inch amazon fire table for $50 Christmas and all is well.

  • Chrome os tablet might be cool? But it's so close to android in as far as it's designated purpose.. I dont know it probably will be cool as long as the price is kept down like to say 120.00 or less!

  • IPad mini 2, 2017 iPad, Samsung galaxy tab E 9.6, Acer chromebooks 15/ 532.. Samsung chrombook 3, kindle fire 7, and 6.. sure why not I need more stuff lol.. right after I buy my schecter c6 plus and Marshall code 50 guitar and amp.. quit playing guitar after 28 years of performing and recording, took some web design classes because my back was shot from racing motocross and started affecting my left fretting hand, but been rehabilitating my back.. so it's time to pick up guitar again after 3 year break.. anyone get bored check out my shred guitar stuff at http://www.reverbnation.com/robertJoseph Phillips I used a iPad and garage band for some of it, and a stand alone daw on the rest.. anyone know if there are any good recording apps for chrome os and or android.. Thanks.

  • Not sure if this detail was omitted because it was so obvious, but just in case - I wanted to point out that Lin (misspelled Li) Huang referenced in the freedesktop.org post is the same Lin Huang set as Reviewer on the Chromium commit.

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