Alongside its flagship Pixel 3 duo, Google launched the Pixel Slate at its event today.
It is a high-end detachable tablet, rivaling iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro (according to Google), that runs on Chrome OS. The tablet can be attached to a keyboard to look somewhat like a laptop, and has some impressive, expensive hardware packed in it.
Design & Display
The tablet is going to be part of Google’s premium electronic gadgets. It has a clean, modern design and for the first time, has a fingerprint sensor within the power button, that uses a Titan C security chip.
It needs to be paired with its own keyboard, called Pixel Slate Keyboard, that has unusual circular keycaps, with backlit keys.
Google says these keys are made this way to be quiet when typed on. The good thing is, that this tablet works just fine with the Pixelbook Pen, launched last year.
It has a 12.3 LCD display, that according to Google, should be more power efficient and faster than typical LCD’s seen in most products. It has a pixel density of 293 PPI, and 2000 x 3000 resolution in weirdrd 2:3 aspect ratio.
Hardware & Storage
Being a high-end tablet, you can choose to add 8th Gen Intel processors in your bundle. However, a Celeron-powered version will be launched first, for those who want to spend less. Depending on how much you pay, you can get up to a Core i7 chipset too.
Memory options are 4, 8, or 16 GB, and internal storage is available up to 256 GB, however, you can get 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB storage variants as well.
The reason Google is sticking to Chrome OS is that it works much better on a large tablet compared Android. The company’s previous similar device, that also had a detachable keyboard, called Pixel C ran on Android. It didn’t get popular mainly because its OS did not have optimized applications.
This time, however, the tablet will get fully optimized Linux-based apps, so it’s more promising than the previous ones. It still might face problems, however, because Chrome OS is still an unpopular platform.
Other specifications include 8 MP cameras both on the rear and the front. It also has dual-front facing speakers, and a 48 WHr battery. Google says that it can last up to 10 hours. It is chargeable via USB Type-C connectors (the tablet has two such ports, one is for audio).
Pricing is as follows (keyboards and pen sold separately):
- $599 (4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® Celeron processor)
- $699 (8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® Celeron processor)
- $799 (8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM m3 processor)
- $999 (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5 processor)
- $1599 (16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7 processor)
- Pixel Slate Keyboard – $199
- Brydge Bluetooth Keyboard – $149
- Pixelbook Pen – $99
Pixel Slate will hit the shelves later this year, there’s no word on an exact date for now.