- Google unveiled the Pixel Slate on Tuesday morning: A tablet that also acts as a laptop, running Chrome OS.
- The tablet is intended to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and Apple’s iPad Pro.
- To that end, the Pixel Slate can be easily attached to the Pixel Slate Keyboard (sold separately) and used with a digital stylus.
Google has a brand new tablet: The Pixel Slate was introduced during a press event in New York City on Tuesday morning. It costs $599 and arrives “later this year.”
It’s a new “convertible” device, which is to say that it can be used as a tablet, or as a laptop, or as a digital sketchpad. Through a keyboard – the Pixel Slate Keyboard – and a new digital stylus, the Pixel Slate takes on new forms.
Since the device is made by Google, it’s running Google’s operating system: Chrome OS. That’s an important distinction, as this isn’t an Android tablet.
Instead, the Pixel Slate is more of a Chromebook than anything else – designed to run Chrome-native software, including Google’s suite (Docs, Calendar, etc.) and a broad variety of third-party applications.
Unlike previous Chromebooks – the Pixelbook specifically – the Pixel Slate is more than just a laptop.
As you can see above, Google envisions Pixel Slate owners treating the device more like Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro devices – powerful, laptop-like handhelds that easily convert into tablets.
“This Chrome OS device is both a powerful workstation at the office, and a home theater you can hold in your hands,” a blog post from Google introducing the new device says.
The Pixel Slate Keyboard will be sold separately:
The Pixel Slate Keyboard connects to the tablet simply, via magnetic port. It has a trackpad included, and boasts “hush” keys; the keyboard doubles as a tablet case when it’s folded against the screen.
Like a tablet, the Pixel Slate has front- and rear-facing cameras – both are 8MP, and offer Google’s excellent photography software that’s used in the Pixel phones.
Like a laptop, the Pixel Slate can multitask, and has built-in virus protection. Google’s also boasting an integrated Titan Security system – the same security that Google uses internally – and automatic system updates in the background.
And, like Google’s Pixel line of smartphones, Pixel Slate has Google Assistant integrated – say “Okay Google,” and the voice assistant is activated.
Google says the Pixel Slate will be available “later this year” for $599; the Pixel Slate Keyboard will cost $199, while the new stylus is $99.
Take a closer look at the Pixel Slate right here: