Besides announcing the Home Hub and its new flagship Pixel 3 smartphone series, Google had also announced the Pixel Slate. A new high-end tablet running on the search engine’s Chrome OS.
Spec-wise, the Pixel Slate can be fitted with a baseline Intel Celeron CPU for those looking for most bare bone of experience with it. Naturally, Google does offer a higher-specced variant of its tablet too; it can also house an Intel 8th generation Core i7 mobile CPU, with as much as 16GB DDR RAM and a internal storage capacity of 256GB.
For physical security, the Pixel Slate’s side power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. On top of the Titan security software that is installed on it.
It’s 12.3-inch display is also a thing of wonder, built using what Google calls “polycrystal and silicone” materials to produce a display that is “faster and more efficient than a traditional LCD display”. Other features of the Pixel Slate include 8MP sensors – both for the front and main cameras. As well as front-firing stereo speakers.
There’s also a detachable keyboard cover that transform the Pixel Slate from tablet into a notebook. The keys on the cover are circular, and Google says that typing on it will be a quiet experience. Oh, it’s also backlit, which adds another level of style to it.
The Google Pixel Slate is slated (no pun intended) to go on sale first in the US, Canada, and the UK before the year is out. It will have a starting price point of US$599 (~RM2490) for the model with a Celeron processor, while the model with top-tier hardware will set consumers back a whopping US$1599 (~RM6647). Keep in mind, these prices are for the tablet alone, and is not inclusive of the detachable keyboard.
On that note, the keyboard will be sold separately for US$199 (~RM827). the Pixelbook Pen, which made its debut last year, will also be sold separately from the Pixel Slate for US$99 (~RM411). Sadly, it is very unlikely that the Pixel Slate and its accessories will be coming to our shores.