Pixel Slate was officially launched by Google during the event Made by Google 2018. This is the new tablet of the Pixel family that marks the definitive abandonment of Android – the last time we saw it on Pixel C – to formalize the transition to ChromeOS for this category of device.
Few leaks compared to what emerged from the leaks published in recent weeks, at least from the aesthetic point of view. Google Pixel Slate looks like an extremely thin aluminum tablet, equipped with two powerful front speakers and a large 12.3-inch (3000 x 2000 pixels) Molecular LCD Display with 293ppi and 400 nits brightness, 72% NTSC color gamut.
Such a high resolution can only be achieved thanks to the integration of a proprietary controller integrated by Google, while Big G has forgotten to introduce the 3.5mm audio jack, even if there are 2 USB Type-C ports. Under the body, we find the 8th Gen Intel Core processors up to i7, with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, while the basic configuration offers an Intel Celeron Processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The new ChromeOS interface that debuts on Pixel Slate is designed for use with the touchscreen and offers a new layout for the launcher – which also exploits Machine Learning algorithms – but at the same time manages to offer all the power of the ChromeOS desktop version once the new Pixel Slate Keyboard is connected.
The camera sector is entrusted to an 8-megapixel Autofocus rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 1.12μm pixel size and an 8-megapixel front camera with f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, and wide field of view. Both front and rear cameras are capable of shooting in portrait mode. There is also present a fingerprint sensor placed in the power button, and for the connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz), 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2, 2x USB-C, and 4K display output.
Google Pixel Slate has dimensions equal to 290.85x 202.04×7.0mm, and a weight of 721 grams without a keyboard. It has an extra layer of protection with the Titan security chip so your information, device passwords and OS are protected on your device. It packs 48Wh battery that promises up to 12 hours of battery life with typical mixed usage.
The Pixel Slate price starts at $599 for the Intel Celeron SoC, 4GB RAM with 32GB Storage / 8GB RAM with 64GB Storage version. $799 for the 8th Gen Intel Core m3 SoC, 8GB RAM with 64GB Storage and a high-end model with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 SoC, 8GB RAM with 128GB Storage cost $999 and all three version will be soon available to buy on the BestBuy online store. It comes in Midnight Blue color, while the Pixel Slate Keyboard is priced at $199 and Pixelbook Pen costs $99.