Google Pixel Slate is official: Sleek, powerful, with reimagined Chrome OS on board
Thin and light, the Pixel Slate is available in stylish Midnight Blue and appears to be a rather sleek gadget that aims to further bridge the diminishing gap between tablets and laptops. The Pixel Slate also comes with a USB Type-C port and dual front-firing stereo speakers, which would certainly make it a much more capable multimedia machine. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the Pixel Slate, and its embedded into the side-positioned power button.
HardwareGoogle isn't forgetting about the cameras - we get two 8MP cameras, a wide-angle one at the front and another one at the rear. The focus here is on the front-facing one, which is aimed at providing excellent image quality for video calls with its wide-angle lens and larger pixels for improved image quality. It comes with a portrait mode, too, for that occasional Instagram or Snapchat selfie. At the front, we have a 12.3" so-called "Molecular Display" with a resolution of 3000 by 2000 pixels and a pixel density of 293ppi, making it quite sharp.
There are two USB Type-C ports available on the slate, which are used for either 4K data transfer to compatible screens as well as charging. Speaking of charging, the Pixel Slate comes offers up to 10 hours of battery life, as per Google's own stats. Fast charging is part of the mix, with the Pixel Slate being able to receive a full charge in around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The Pixel Slate supports the new $199 Pixel Slate Keyboard and the $99 Pixelbook Pen. The keyboard is silent and also houses a trackpad, making it that much more usable than your regular snap-on keyboard accessory. Oh, and you can easily access the Google Assistant by simply tapping the dedicated button on the bottom-most row. You can recline the Pixel Slate to great extents with the keyboard attached, which further makes it a super-useful accessory.
SoftwareIn terms of software, the Pixel Slate runs on Chrome OS, meaning you can access all the Android apps and games on the Play Store. The UI of Chrome OS has been optimized and reimagined, and truth be told, now looks much more appealing and intuitive than before - it's something you might actually want to interact with on a daily basis.
The Pixel Slate intelligently manages updates on its own by downloading and installing them in the background while you work or play, ensuring that you're always up-to-date.
Security has been put on a pedestal here, with the Titan M chip on deck making sure all of your data, passwords, and sensitive information remain safely encrypted on the device, away from prying eyes and hands.