Best Chrome OS Tablets

The Gentoo Linux-based software is an operating system developed by Google and is slowly becoming the latest trend in tablets. Chrome OS comes with an integrated media player and file manager. Chrome OS comes pre-installed on tablets from Google’s manufacturing partners. 

Every Chrome OS manufactured tablet has its own different shelf life. The software updates vary from model to model. All the latest models that are produced and manufactured after 2020 are guaranteed to receive updates for a minimum of 8 years. 

Chrome OS is user-friendly and it is compatible with Android apps which can be downloaded via the Google Play Store. It is also compatible with Microsoft Office. Chrome OS is a fast Operating System that makes multitasking smooth and easy. 

Best Chrome OS Tablets

1. Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

new lenovo chromebook duet 5

Specifications

  • Screen size: 13.3″ FHD OLED (1920 x 1080), 100% DCI-P3, 400 nits
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 186.8 x 305.9(mm) / 0.28″ x 7.35″ x 12.04″
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180 Processor (8x Kryo 468 CPU, up to 2.55 GHz)
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C 3.2, Pogo-pin
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Battery Life: Up to 15 hours
  • Weight: 1.5lbs(700 g)
  • Pen: Stylus support

One of the best-looking 2-in1 tablets, the Lenovo Due 5 is a detachable tablet with superb portability. The design is slick and you can carry it around anywhere with ease. The Duet 5 has a fabric folio detachable keyboard which you can snap in or snap off according to your needs. It also has stylus support wherein it is compatible with Lenovo’s own Active Pen and also with another high-grade stylus’. 

The display is one of the key strongholds of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. The 13 inch OLED display is mesmerizing in itself with a crystal clear viewing experience and on top of that, you get 100% DCI-P3 for color vibrancy and true blacks. It is also certified by Swiss inspection and testing service provider SGS as an Eye Care Display and safe viewing. The Duet 5 emits 70% less blue light to reduce eye strain. Overall the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has one of the best displays of any tabs in the market.

Coming to the processor, Lenovo Duet 5 is installed with Qualcomm Snapdragon SC7180(8xKyro468 CPU, up to 2.55GHz). The Duet 5 also has one of the finest and most reliable processors in the current market. The speed is good and multitasking is made easier by the high-performing CPU. There is no lag when transitioning between apps or when opening heavy apps. It has a smooth touch-screen operation.

Of course, as we are listing Chrome OS tablets, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 has Chromebook OS. With the high-performing processor, you can download all the apps you need or play as many games as you want. You can convert the tab into a laptop for productivity and the transition will be smooth, all the Google Drive Documents, files, and Chrome preferences are easily and rapidly accessible. 

The Lenovo Duet 5 has 4GB RAM to go with 256GB storage. The Duet 5 is equipped with 2 cameras, a 5MP front camera with fixed focus, and an 8MP main camera with Auto-Focus. Onto the ports, you get 2 x USB-C 3.2 ports and a Pogo-Pin for attachments. It has 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1. The Duet 5 has a battery life of 15 hours which is pretty neat but if you turn the brightness to the full tilt and watch videos or play games full day then you get around 8-9 hours of battery which is still commendable. 

Pros:

  • Excellent and snappy keyboard
  • Quality display
  • Quality processor
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • A bit pricey
  • Pen not included 

2. HP Chromebook X2 11

HP Chromebook X2 11 - chrome os tablet

Specifications

  • Screen size: 11 inch 2k(2160 x 1440) IPS, 400 nits
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
  • Ports: 2 x Superspeed USB Type-C, 1 microSD card reader
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Life: Up to 11 hours, 45W fast charger
  • Weight: 4.3lbs(1.99 kg)
  • Pen: Stylus support

HP finally diving into the Chrome OS market was met with lots of expectations in people’s eyes. Starting with the build and design, the tablet looks absolutely premium as it should be as it is an HP production and also the $600 price. It is a sturdy-looking tablet with an aluminum frame and matte silverback. The stand is strong and reliable. The tab overall feels durable. The detachable keyboard is a bit disappointing as it feels a bit cramped. The USI Pen is included with the device and it charges via the tablet. 

The HP Chromebook x2 has an 11 inch 2k IPS display with 2160 x 1440 screen resolution and covers 100% sRGB color gamut. There is a 3:2 aspect ratio which is solid, while the brightness at 400 nits is excellent. You can view the tablet from any angle and it won’t make a difference as well. All the vivid colors and deep blacks are excellently displayed. 

The performance of the tablet is pretty average on the whole. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c didn’t quite work out in some of the Asus Chromebooks and it doesn’t quite hit the mark with the HP Chromebook x2 as well. It runs the basic apps well but when it comes to multitasking or transitioning between heavy apps that’s where the problem lies. Going from portrait to landscape the tablet definitely feels the lag and it is infuriatingly slow in comparison to other tabs. The storage at 64GB is insufficient but there is an option for expandable memory via the microSD card slot. 8GB RAM is indeed more than sufficient with Android apps opening, functioning, and closing without a hitch.

The battery life is quality in the HP Chromebook x2 with up to 8 hours of video streaming with brightness at full tilt. You can stretch the battery life up to 11 hours with medium brightness as well. The 45W fast charging is top-notch. One of the best in the business.

The HP Chromebook x2 is equipped with 2 cameras, a 5MP selfie camera that records video at 1080@30fps and an 8MP rear camera with Auto-Focus also records videos at 1080@30fps. The tab has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. There are also 2 ports for superspeed USB-Type C and 1 microSD card reader slot. 

Pros:

  • Battery life
  • Solid display
  • Fast charging
  • Fingerprint reader

Cons:

  • Lackluster processor
  • Cramped keyboard

3. Asus Chromebook CM3

Asus Chromebook CM3

Specifications

  • Screen size: 10.5 inch LCD, WUXGA(1920 x 1200), 320 nits
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • Processor: MediaTek Kompanio 8183
  • Pen Support: Stylus
  • Ports: USB-C Type-C 2.0
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 1.12lbs(500 g)

The Asus Chromebook is a good mid-range tablet. It is a very well-designed tablet with a stylish look. The CM3 has an aluminum body with matte back diamond-cut edges. It is 7.9mm thin and extremely portable. It is stain-resistant as well. The Garaged USI stylus is included with the device and charges itself when parked on the tablet. 

The 10.5 inch LCD Full HD display comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 320 nits of brightness. It also has a 125% sRGB color gamut which displays all the colors effectively as well as true blacks. The detachable keyboard and stand cover are included with the device. 

Asus Chromebook CM3 has MediaTek Kompanio 8183 installed in it, it is not high-end but is effective wherein you can run Android apps, do daily tasks, or use the Microsoft Office apps. The processor runs all the basic things smoothly and at the end of the day, that is what you want. The Asus CM3 has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is the bare minimum but workable given the price and model. It has an Arm Mali-G72 MP3 as its GPU.

Battery life is a big selling point of this tablet and for a good reason too. The Asus Chromebook CM3 has a battery life of up to 12 hours and it comes with a 45W fast charger. One full charge of the device and you are good to go for basically the whole day. It has a 27WHrs battery capacity.

There are two cameras equipped in the Asus Chromebook CM3, a 2MP front/web camera, and an 8MP main camera. There is a USB-Type C 2.0 slot and one Audio jack. There is a built-in speaker and a built-in microphone with a Google Assistant Voice recognition support too. You also get Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 with the device.

Pros:

  • Stylish design 
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable
  • Solid display

Cons:

  • Mediocre processor
  • Lackluster connectivity

4. Google Pixel Slate 

Google Pixel Slate

Specifications

  • Screen size: 12.3 inch LCD, 3000 x 2000 pixels resolution(293 ppi) 
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • Processor: 8th gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7
  • Pen Support: Stylus
  • Ports: USB Type-C
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery Life: up to 10 hours
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs(720 g)

Google has updated Chrome OS, adding new capabilities such as intuitive handwriting recognition and UI elements copied from Android. The Pixel Slate has a good screen and good audio. Unfortunately, despite Chrome OS’s progress, certain Android apps really don’t work quite right with it.

The Pixel Slate has a  sharp and stunning 12.3in elevated LCD screen, similar to that found on high-end laptops. The screen is framed by a fairly wide and uniform bezel that holds a webcam on top and a set of powerful speakers on the sides. The Gorilla Glass 5 on the display is rounded off into an aluminum shell that makes it easy to hold for long periods of time.

The Pixel Slate has a 12.3-inch screen and a 3:2 aspect ratio. With a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels, the Pixel Slate’s LCD screen is razor-sharp. The screen is comfortable to use for streaming videos, watching movies, and gaming. The brightness is also good enough for you to enjoy a good read in broad daylight. 

The Pixel Slate keyboard, in particular, is a wonderful encapsulation of the entire device. The device can be held up at any angle by sliding the flap down on a series of magnets. The circular keys on the keyboard, which seem strange at first, work perfectly. They’re also illuminated, have nice key travel, and are rather silent. You won’t have to bother about powering the keyboard because it gets its power from the device. They are connected by copper connection points, which are firmly held in place by magnets. 

Both the front and back cameras of the Pixel Slate are 8MP.  You may use it to snap photographs, just like most tablets, but don’t hope for it to beat the phone you use to click pictures.

You may link your Pixel phone to the Pixel tablet to receive or send text messages on both devices. You may now use your Pixel Slate to keep surfing online sites that are open on your Pixel phone.

Pros:

  • Sharp and vibrant screen
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Quick processing
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Has bugs with Bluetooth
  • Doesn’t support all Android apps
  • Keyboard is bulky

5. Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100

Specifications

  • Screen size: 9.7-inch qxga, 2048 x 1536 screen resolution
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • Processor:  OP1, Hexa-Core (Dual-arm Cortex-A72, Quad Cortex-A53)
  • Pen Support: Stylus
  • Ports: USB Type-C
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery Life: up to 9 hours
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs(.45 kg)

The Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 is an extremely portable device. It is built to carry around with you. The CT100 weighs just 1.1 lbs and has also stress-passed stringent durability tests. The tab is scratch-resistant. It also includes a Wacom EMR pen with an in-built pen holder. 

Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100 comes with a 9.7-inch QXGA LED display. There is a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution with a flat front bezel type. The device works well indoors or outdoors, there is no issue with brightness. The tab does offer a vivid viewing experience as it offers great color vibrancy. 

Coming to the processor, The Asus Chromebook CT100 has an OP1 Hexa-Core chipset installed in it which is developed by Rockchip(GPU: Mali-T864). It has a Dual-arm Cortex-A72 and Quad Cortex-A53 type with 6-core. It can reach a max turbo speed of 2GHz. The CT100 has 4GB RAM which is standard for these tablets and a decent 32GB storage which is expandable up to 128GB via the microSD card slot provided in the device. 

The Asus Chromebook CT100 is equipped with 2 cameras, a 2MP front-facing web camera, and a 5MP main camera with video recording. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.1, GPRS, 1 x USB Type-C slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It also has a stereo speaker and a 3.5mm audio jack. The battery is impressive wherein the Asus CT100 can last up to 9 hours of video playback and web browsing with one full charge. 

Pros:

  • Affordable pricing
  • Good battery life
  • Steady design
  • Built-in pen holder

Cons:

  • Average screen size
  • Lackluster connectivity
  • Okayish processor

Why did we rank HP Chromebook X2 11 higher than the Asus Chromebook CM3?

First and foremost, the HP Chromebook x2 11 is a real detachable, whereas the ASUS Flip CM3 is a convertible. It is important to highlight, particularly because the keyboard increases the weight of the CM3 when it is used as a tablet. 

The ASUS Flip CM3 lacks biometric security, which is a significant distinction between the two devices. Although this is to be anticipated at Asus’ price range, it is nonetheless disappointing. Alternatively, the HP Chromebook x2 11 has fingerprint recognition. This is intriguing because many high-end Chromebooks lack biometric security features that enhance the user experience.

Benchmarks show that the latest processors in HP’s device will easily outperform the MediaTek chip used in the CM3. Basic online surfing and casual work can suffice in the CM3, but major multitasking will be tough. It appears that the HP Chromebook x2 11 will claim the top spot in overall performance.

Quick Comparison Table

Sr. No. DeviceRAM and StorageStylusOverall ScorePrice
Lenovo Chromebook Duet 54GB and 256GBLenovo Active Pen9/10$449.99
HP Chromebook x2 11 8GB and 64GBUSI Pen8/10$599.99
Asus Chromebook CM34GB and 64GBGaraged USI Pen7/10$325
Google Pixel Slate8GB and 64GB Google Pixel Slate Pen6/10$932
Asus Chromebook Tablet CT1004GB and 32GBWacom EMR Pen7/10$388

Best Chrome OS 2-in-1 Laptops

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Specifications

  • Screen size: 14.0-inch, LCD, FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9
  • Display/Resolution: Touch screen 1920 x 1080
  • OS: Chrome
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 – 10510U
  • Stylus: With Stylus support
  • Pressure Level: 4096 
  • Brightness: LED Backlit, 300 nits, sRGB: 100%, With stylus support
  • Response Rate: 
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C support display/power delivery, 1x 3.5mm Combo, Audio Jack, and Micro SD card reader
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 
  • Battery Life: 42WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion
  • Weight: 2.51lbs (1.14kg)

This Chromebook has a stunning magnesium alloy body that is incredibly sleek and a lovely 1080p touch interface. Some great components, including a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and PCIe NVMe SSDs for storing, are included in the Asus Chromebook Flip C436. It also boasts a fingerprint scanner, an illuminated keyboard, and USI stylus compatibility. It has the capacity to operate Chrome OS as well as any Android apps you wish to install.

If you are someone who finds themselves needing to use their camera to get by, the C436 features a good one with a 720p HD camera. The video quality is good if you have lots of light and a solid connection. The C436 does offer Wi-Fi 6, so you’re somewhat future-proofed. However, there is no choice for LTE, which is a shame because Chrome is at its finest when connected to the internet.

The chrome key at the right side of the keyboard is a fingerprint recognizer that can be used to lock the system from the taskbar, which is a good security feature. 

In terms of battery life, 2 hours of streaming videos reduce the battery from 100% to 83%, implying that if you watch Netflix at a stretch, you should expect the battery to last for about 6 hours at full brightness and medium volume, which is not that bad.  

Pros:

  • A thin and sleek body that is light in weight
  • Premium screen display
  • Convertible design
  • Fingerprint recognition

Cons:

  • Average battery life
  • Mediocre trackpad

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Specifications

  • Screen size:  13.3″ UHD AMOLED Display 
  • Display/Resolution: 3840 x 2160 with touch screen panel
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U 
  • Stylus: With Stylus support
  • Pressure Level: 4096
  • Brightness: 357 nits
  • Response Rate: 
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Ports: 2 USB, USB3.0, UFS & MicroSD Combo, 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo 
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Weight: 2.29 lbs

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook includes a few unique features, the most noteworthy of which is the craftsmanship.  It has a sleek design that is 9.9mm thick and 2.29 pounds. The body is made of aluminum and available in two colors: “Mercury gray” and “fiesta red”. 

Samsung has installed an 8MP camera on the upper right side of the keypad, which is a creative decision and the picture quality is also decent. You can use the screen to take pictures using the viewfinder when you turn the laptop into tablet mode. The 1MP webcam is good for zoom calls but selfies may not be that clear. 

The Galaxy Chromebook’s twin USB-C connections are split between the two sides of the laptop. Its microSD card and activation button are on the right, whereas the headset jack and volume button are on the left. It also has a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the Chromebook at the top right corner. 

The Intel Core i5-10210U CPU and 8GB of RAM of this Chromebook are good enough for gaming, streaming videos, and playing music without any stutters. The split-screen mode also works smoothly without disrupting the voice quality. 

Another amazing feature of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is its OLED display screen that is full of vibrant colors. It’s shiny, so there’s some reflection, but the overall effect is fantastic. It also employs Google’s Ambient Colors function to alter the temperature of the screen to match the surrounding environment which makes the display easy on the eyes. 

Pros:

  • OLED screen display
  • Amazing hardware
  • Strong PC speed
  • Stylus is included

Cons:

  • Average battery life
  • Cooling is inconsistent
  • Doesn’t support all apps

ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

Specifications

  • Screen size: 13.3″ FHD 
  • Display/Resolution: 1920 x 1080 IPS anti-glare touchscreen
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700C
  • Stylus: Supports Stylus
  • Pressure Level: 4096
  • Brightness: 300 nits
  • Response Rate: 
  • Refresh Rate: 
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (DP 1.4), HDMI 2.0, MicroSD card reader, and Headphone / mic combo
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Battery Life: Upto 12.5 hours
  • Weight: 3.30 lbs (1.50kg)

The ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook has an AMD processor rather than an Intel one which makes its speed better than the older generations. It has a relatively small design, is sized 308 x 212 x 16mm, and weighs 3.3lbs. Lenovo claims that it has been put through battery tests, including 12-military-grade standards and a slew of quality checks.

ThinkPads are known for their excellent keyboards, and the C13 Yoga is no exception. It’s also light, and that is always positive on a Chromebook but not necessarily a certainty. Finger tracking in the Thinkpad is quick and accurate, with orders being executed by either tapping or clicking the buttons. 

For the C13, the company chose a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS panel with multi-touch features. The highest brightness level is 300 nits which means that you can use it outside on a bright day. Lenovo claims the Thinkpad to be anti-glare but there might be some reflection in full sunlight. 

Two cameras are included with the C13 Yoga. For a Chromebook, this is an unusual proposition. The other one is an additional feature you may configure from the Lenovo store. The standard webcam on top of the display is 720p which produces acceptable video. Even in a relatively light room, video calls are soft-focused. 

Pros:

  • Good speed 
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Excellent keypad

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Moderate battery life
  • Average performance

Final Verdict 

Any of these 8 devices is a great choice if you’re looking for a Chrome OS tablet or 2-in-1 Chromebook laptop. Chrome OS tablets are getting traction and there’s a reason for that in comparison they are quite cheap. They are great for basic tasks such as emails, web browsing, social media, movies, school, and basic work stuff.

We really liked the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 during our test it showed some incredible performance and it’s just a nice experience overall. The display was great, the resolution was great, the sound was as well, so it makes a great tablet if you’re into Netflix and Youtube and some basic work stuff.

FAQs

What can you not do on Chromebook?

The majority of Chromebooks are low-cost, which means they have limited hardware specifications. This is the primary reason why a Chromebook may be used to play games.  However, hardcore gaming is not among the things that you can do smoothly on a Chromebook.

Another topic to consider is multitasking. Chromebooks will never be able to compete with Windows or iOS. Both OS are built with intensive multitasking in mind, although Chromebook makes it a little more challenging.

You may tweak and customize Windows and Mac systems down to the last pixel.  This, together with the availability of additional third-party apps, allows users to modify the interface’s entire appearance and feel. Unfortunately, ChromeOS is not one of them. Most Chromebooks don’t have this amount of customization, but you can change your desktop’s background.

Can Chrome tablets run Android apps?

Yes, the Google Play Store app users can download and run Android apps on Chrome tablets. However, some Chromebooks may not support it. An important thing to remember is that if you are using your Chromebook at school or your workplace, you may not be able to access the Play Store. 

How do I manage Chrome OS devices?

Chrome Upgrade is required to manage independent Chrome OS machines in your company or other operating systems. Any device you want to control will require an upgrade and you can use the updated version of the system.

Can you use a Chromebook as a tablet?

Certain Chromebooks can function as both a laptop and a tablet. When you fold the display over the hinged part, the on-screen keyboard will instantly open. Chromebooks assist you in getting things done while also entertaining you. All 2-in-1 Chromebooks can be used as both a desktop and a tablet. 

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