Google Launches The Pixel Slate Starting at $599
Google has launched the Google Pixel Slate at its hardware event today. Google calls it the ‘perfect combination’ of a tablet and laptop and it features rounded edges. As the leaks suggested, the tablet is available in midnight blue colour. The Pixel slate has a pixel density of 293 ppi, and a 6M pixel display. This is Google’s second attempt at making a perfect tablet as it improves on their OS design. It supposedly provides the sharpest picture in the category with 8K content playback. The 12.3 inch LCD UHD+ Custom display looks fantastic at first glance, featuring a low temperature polycrystalline and silicone technology. It is 7 mm thin and weighs a mere 1.6 lbs. It has an aluminium body.
The Pixel Slate has dual front firing speakers and comes with custom design profile for audio. Google is also providing 3 Months of YouTube TV with Pixel Slate and Pixel Book for free but for now it is limited o the US market. It is unclear if this will be available for Indian markets or not.
The tablet also features 8 MP front and rear cameras and uses machine learning algorithms. It is not surprising that it has an integrated portrait mode even though it has a single lens, as do the Pixel devices. The front facing wide angle lens is for video chat and larger pixels allow better low light performance.
The all new Chrome OS optimised for touchscreen experience is designed in a way that it becomes easy to use handheld .It also provides full desktop experiences and runs developer tools and full power Linux apps. Machine learning customises your toolbar, suggesting apps that you use frequently and at certain times in the day. The big screen enables working in splitscreen mode easier and faster. Google Assistant integration offers a wide variety of voice activated features such as finding restaurants, dictating emails or playing shows.
Google has also introduced Google Family link that helps parents set digital ground rules for children. It also features do not disturb and nightlight features for sleep
After having a few bad days relating to security breaches, google has decided to provide Titan security chip to all its mobile devices. Google also introduced the Pixel Slate Keyboard, as anticipated. It requires no pairing or charging and you can just connect and start typing. The round buttons were also among the many things that had leaked in the last few days. The keyboard is full sized and has backlighting for night time typing.
The full feature trackpad makes it feel like a laptop instead of a two in one device. The folio is infinitely adjustable for any angle and turns into a protective case when not in use. Google has also heavily integrated G Suite, Docs, Sheets and Slides to enable working on the Pixel slate that much easier.
This can be deduced from the full desktop Chrome browser that the company has integrated into the tablet and not the mobile browser of any site. Google also boasted that the tablet could easily handle any number of tabs you need. Google also spoke at length about the Pixel Pen support and promised that the tablet would give around 10 hours of battery life.
The Pixel Slate starts at $599, and will be available inUS, Canada and UK later this year.