Tablet markets is slowly going down the lane, but Google’s attempt to bring it back might revolutionized the idealism of how real tablets looks like, the productivity and how to tackle the workload force. Google is actually taking another shot at Pixel tablets.
Google’s come back to its failed Android tablet is Pixel slate with Chrome OS out of the box, and using this tablet, the search engine giant company wants to push the Chrome OS further than its current states, much like whats they are doing with Smart Display.
Coming back to the tablets markets sales, the Pixel slate running on Google’s tablet OS with premium detachable keyboard, will directly compete with other high-end iOS based iPad Pro and Surface Pro with Windows 10 as its OS. Google product director Trond Wuellner said the Pixel Slate will deliver “a modern computing experience.”
Google Pixel Slate Specs
*. Display: 12.3-inch LTPS LCD screen display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection
*. Colors: Midnight blue
*. Fingerprint sensor: Yes, mounted on the power button’
*. Screen resolution: 2000 x 3000 pixels
*. Cameras: 8MP front and back
*. RAM: 4GB, 8GB and 16GB
*. OS: Chrome OS
*. Storage: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
*. Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or Celeron
*. Dimensions: 7.0mm x 290.85mm x 202.04mm
*. Weight: 1.6 lbs
*. Network and Connectivity: two USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, keyboard connecting pins, Bluetooth v4.2, etc.
*. Sensors: 3-axis gyroscope/accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and half effect sensor
*. Battery: 48 WHr, up to 10 hours
Design and Display
Google Pixel slate is the company first tablet in three complete years. That is definitely a long wait before venturing back into the tablet markets. Pixel C with a similar detachable keyboard cover, was Google first shot at a Pixel tablet. The convertible Pixel Slate is a 2-in-1 device, that can be switched from tablet to a laptop by using the detachable stylish keyboard.
The fashionable keyboard is sold separately and Google is calling it “Pixel Slate Keyboard” with backlit, and the tablet supports a Pixelbook Pen. It features a large and massive 12.3-inch LTPS LCD screen display with somewhat slim bezels surrounding the screen.
Pixel Slate display shows an excellent viewing angles of 2000 x 3000 pixels, and the company claims that the screen is much more powerful and advanced than the traditional TFT LCD display. The big 12.3-inch is similar to Microsoft Surface Pro, and it is seen as a gigantic display and it is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.
Featuring a anodized aluminum frame, rounded corners, and a dual front-mounted stereo speakers, with high-end sound quality. Available in just one color option, midnight blue. The power button has a fingerprint scanner on it, which is a first for a Chromebook.
The Pixel Slates avoids a lot of amazing quality such as 3.5mm headphone audio jack, who can use a tablet with no audio ports? it lacks SD card slot, that is awful in 2018. But supports two USB-C ports on the both sides, offers fast charging and 4K video output, custom keyboard connector and two microphones.
Camera and connectivity
Apart from the design and display, the camera is just a mere 8-megapixel on the front as the selfie snapper, and 8-megapixels on the back. But the front-facing camera is optimized for both low light and video calling. Well, tablets aren’t meant to be camera centric but the Pixel Slate can do a little more photo shots.
The cameras arrives with f/1.8 and f/1.9 apertures respectively. The wide-angle selfie lens comes with portrait mode support, and large 1.4-micron pixel size allows for better low light photography.
Connectivity features are two USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, keyboard connecting pins, Bluetooth v4.2, etc. It also comes with the Titan C security chip, this enhances the security feature of the tablet.
Performance, Battery and Price
The Google Pixel Slate is made available in different models, – RAM, storage options and processors. The regular and standard mode, comes with 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel Celeron processor and priced at $599. While the 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel Celeron processor comes at $699.
Going a notch further, you will find the 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel CoreTM m3 processor at $799, and the 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel CoreTM i5 processor for $999 and finally, the high-end premium power house with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel CoreTM i7 processor, for a mouth-watering $1599.
Although, the presence of an Intel processor might make the price more friendly and understand. But the company is asking you for more $199 for the Pixel Slate Keyboard, $149 for the Brydge Bluetooth Keyboard while the Pixelbook Pen will remain at $99. The Pixel Slate will go on sale later this year.
The Pixel Slate is the company’s first tablet to run on Chrome OS, but not the first in the world. The Chrome OS is meant to compete with other companies operating system and stay up to the tasks of productivity, flawless interface and many more. It promises a 48Whr battery that can last 10 hours on a single charge, and supports fast charging.
To remain outstanding in the crowded world of tablet, the Pixel Slate with Chrome OS, which is popularly known to work perfectly on laptop, but at the same time, supports Android apps. This provides diversity of optimized Android apps and many more. No news, but once again, Android tablets aren’t successful like mobile phones!
This prices are quite bigger, costlier than our every day laptops, computers. Stacking up against other latest tablet in the markets right now, can the Pixel Slate find a suitable and comfortable position? Running Chrome OS doesn’t just round up everything and pushes it to the number spots of tablet markets.