“The Google Pixel Slate is a flagship tablet that’s powered by Chrome OS”

Last year, Google launched the Pixelbook (first impressions), its Chrome OS-powered laptop. At the Pixel 3 and 3 XL (first impressions) launch event this year, the company took the wraps off the Pixel Slate – a detachable tablet that runs Chrome OS and is loaded with flagship specs. The Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels, and is powered by 8th-gen Intel Core processors. It’s available in a bunch of configurations, with various processor, RAM and storage options. The Pixel Slate features two 8MP cameras – one at the front and one at the back, and these support Portrait mode as well  – if you’re the type who takes photos with your tablet. The Pixel Slate offers up to 12 hours of battery life according to Google, and ships with a fingerprint sensor integrated into its power button for extra security. Unfortunately, it’s sorely lacking on the ports – there are just two USB Type-C ports available. Google even got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Chrome OS on the tablet is designed to give you a ‘desktop’ experience – you get a full desktop Chrome browser and GSuite apps too. 

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Google has also launched the Pixel Slate Keyboard for the device, which is folio style and also integrates a Surface-style kickstand. As expected, this is available as a separate purchase. The full-size keyboard has rounded keys, a large trackpad and a dedicated Google Assistant key. It attaches to the tablet via a connector. Google has also updated the Pixelbook Pen, which now comes in a new Midnight Blue colour. The Pixel Slate starts at $499 (~Rs 44,500) in the US, while the keyboard costs $199 (~Rs 15,000) and the Pen is priced at $99 (~Rs 7,500). At this point, it’s unlikely that the Pixel Slate will come to India. If you’re interested in the device though, check out these images shot at the launch event.

Photos by Deepak Dhingra

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