“The Google Pixel Slate could be the first detachable Chromebook from the search giant”
While Android tablets have not been faring very well in a world of super-sized smartphones, Google’s Chrome OS has continued to thrive by offering reliable performance in laptops at reasonable prices. Compared to Microsoft’s Windows OS, Chrome OS runs on modest hardware quite well. But a new Geekbench listing spotted by PhoneArena suggests Google may go all out and release an Intel Core i7-powered Chromebook with a whopping 16GB of RAM. This convertible device is believed to be codenamed “Nocturne” and its retail name could be Google Pixel Slate.
In the listing, the Google Pixel Slate is shown with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8500Y chipset coupled with 16GB of RAM. The processor has a base frequency of 1.5GHz and Max Turbo of 4.2GHz, and it’s quite possible we’re looking at a dual-boot Pixel Slate that can also run Windows OS. Previous rumours have suggested that the Pixel Slate would come with a detachable keyboard. It is also likely that Google could offer other lower-specced models like a Core i5 variant with 8GB RAM. However, that is all in the realm of speculation for now. Also, the Geekbench listing suggests the Google Pixel Slate runs Android Pie which is rather strange, though it might just mean that the device is standard Chrome OS capable of installing Android apps.
With such high configuration, it’s speculated that the new Google Pixel Slate won’t come cheap especially because it is believed Google will be pitting this against the Apple iPad Pro. To recall, the maxed-out variant of the last year’s Pixelbook carried a price tag of $1,649. However, we won’t have to wait for long to find out. The search titan is holding a launch event on October 9th for the launch of the Pixel 3 duo and Pixel Slate.