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Google Pixel Slate: Everything You Need to Know

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In this guide we’ll go over everything you need to know about the all-new Pixel Slate. Google’s latest tablet and its vision for the future of Chrome OS. In a market dominated by the iPad Pro or new Surface Pro 6, Google’s Pixel Slate is an exciting new tablet computer with plenty to offer.

Whether that’s the fancy 12.3-inch HD display, the backlight detachable keyboard, or access to millions of Android apps, Google’s Pixel Slate is well positioned as an excellent tablet/PC experience. If you’re interested in this new device here’s the Pixel Slate release date, specs, features, price and more.

  • Pixel Slate is a powerful new tablet and laptop 2-in-1 running Chrome OS
  • Basically, this is Google’s answer to the Microsoft Surface
  • The Pixel Slate starts at $599 and has an optional backlit keyboard cover and Pixel Pen
  • Optional upgrades push the price to $1,600 with a powerful Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256 SSD

Now that we’ve gone over the basics and highlighted some key facts, here’s everything else you’ll want to know.

Pixel Slate Specifications

If this device wants to replace your laptop or compete with the Surface Pro 6 it needs some serious power under the hood. Thankfully, Google offers a slew of options along with a base package starting at $599. Here’s a quick and easy list of what to expect.

  • 12.3-inch 3,000 x 2,000 Resolution Polycrystalline Silicon LCD Display (293 PPI)
  • Intel Celeron up to optional 8th-gen Intel Core i7
  • Between 4GB & 16GB of RAM choices
  • 32GB to 256GB of internal SSD Storage
  • Chrome OS
  • 8 MP Rear f/1.8 Pixel camera, 8MP f/1.9 aperture wide-angle front Google Duo cam
  • 7mm thin and only 1.6 pounds (without keyboard)
  • Loud dual front-firing speakers
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner power button
  • Battery: 48 watt-hour
  • Two USB-C ports, Pixel accessory connector (keyboard dock), 4K display output
  • Linux app support, more

“Google Pixel Slate is a completely new experience. It isn’t a laptop trying to be a tablet, or a phone trying to be a computer,”  “or a tablet that’s really a phone pretending to be a computer.” — Trond Wuellner (Google)

In a quick jab at the iPad Pro, Google made sure to mention that the Pixel Slate runs an all-new version of  Chrome OS. Software designed from the ground-up for this type of experience vs something like iOS blown up on a tablet. Basically, this is Google’s best tablet ever released, and the first one from the company in three years.

Pixel Slate Pricing & Specs Breakdown

To make things simple for potential buyers, here’s a breakdown of what you’ll get from the $599 model and the other options available from Google.

  • $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)

The internal hardware and specs aren’t much of a surprise, nor is the display. They’re essentially the exact same thing you’ll find from the Microsoft Surface lineup, or even Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1. That’s not a bad thing though, as you have more than enough options to find exactly what fits your needs.

It’s the Pixel Slate’s powerful and redesigned version of ChromeOS that may separate it from the competition. Delivering built-in virus protection, automatic instant updates, access to Android apps and Google’s new Titan security chipset layer.

Pixel Slate Release Date

Unfortunately, Google isn’t quite ready to share the Pixel Slate with customers. So while it looks like an excellent and compelling Surface Pro 6 and iPad Pro alternative, you can’t get one until later this year.

In fact, Google simply said the Pixel Slate release is “before the end of the year” but didn’t give any further information. You’ll be able to buy one starting at $599 from the Google Play Store, partner retail stores, and anywhere Chromebooks are typically sold.

You’ll likely want a Pixel Slate with a little more power than the base $599 model, plus the prices mentioned above do not include the optional yet impressive looking folio Pixel Slate keyboard cover and pen. Here’s a little more information on those for buyers.

 

The Pixel Slate Keyboard is $199 while the Slate Pen will run you $99 when they arrive later this year. Expect a slew of 3rd party keyboards and accessories from popular manufacturers like Brydge, who offers an excellent keyboard that is hopefully more affordable than Google’s.

Final Thoughts

So far Google’s new Pixel Slate looks pretty great. It’s the first tablet from the company in nearly three years, not to mention adds Linux app support and fingerprint authentication to Chrome OS.

Read: 17 Best Surface Pro 6 Alternatives

And while the backlit keyboard looks great we’re not sure about those round keys that Google promises are extremely quiet. For now, the Pixel Slate is only listed as coming later this year in Midnight Blue, and you’ll get three months of YouTube TV free with your purchase. Stay tuned for more details.

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