It seems the leaks were pretty much spot-on for the most part as we finally get to see the new tablet from Google, called the Pixel Slate. Google claims it to be the best device designed for work and play both at the same time.
The Pixel Slate sports a 12-inch display with a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels, coming in at a pixel density of 293ppi. The display
is a custom-designed display from Google, which comprises of around 6 million pixels, thanks to the low-temperature polycrystalline silicon technology, which also allows for 100 times faster movement of electrons versus a standard display allowing it to light up a large number of pixels, and thus make a sharper display.
The device is expected to come with four different processors from Intel, namely Celeron, Core M3, Core i5, and Core i7 along with 4GB-32GB RAM options and also a solid-state storage (SSD) configuration in the range of 32GB-256GB. There’s no headphone jack on the tablet, however, Google added an additional USB-C, increasing the count to two, on either side of the device in case you wish to connect two devices to the tablet at the same time. To authenticate users, the power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner to allow for a faster and secure authentication mechanism. There’s also a smart connector to connect the new Pixel Slate Keyboard to the tablet which turns the tablet into desktop mode as soon as you connect it.
Talking about desktop mode, Google re-designed the Chrome OS especially for the new Pixel Slate tablet in order to make the UI seamless and intuitive. The new Chrome OS provides a completely new experience for desktop and allows users to run developer tools and full-powered Linux applications on the fly without any hiccups. In the tablet mode, there’s an option for split-screen which allows users to run application side-by-side and thus increase productivity. And to make the entire experience secure for the user, the tablet comes with a Titan security chip to protect all the user information and data safe and secure on the device. In terms of software protection, the new OS also has a built-in virus protection to protect the device form any malicious content.
In the Camera department, the new tablet sports an 8MP front and rear shooter which incorporates machine learning algorithm to improve image quality. The front camera has a wide-angle lens to allow for a wide range of view along with a large-pixel sensor to improve low-light photography. There is also an option for Portrait Mode on the tablet so you don’t miss out on the trend.
As an added accessory, Google launched the new Pixel Slate Keyboard which comes with backlit and rounded keys to allow for a much quieter experience. There is also an added trackpad to allow users to easily navigate through the UI when in desktop mode. The keyboard also doubles as a protective case for the tablet.
The new Pixel Slate is expected to be available later this year at a starting price of $599 for the base configuration with the Pixel Slate Keyboard and PixelBook Pen coming in at $199 and $99 respectively.