Google confirms new Pixel tablet, but it's not for you

Google confirms new Pixel tablet, but it's not for you
There have been rumors that Google was shutting down hardware projects related to laptops and tablets, but it appears that might not be exactly true. Just like some other products that we suspected Google to kill, it seems that Google will instead pivot those products more towards the enterprise market instead of the consumer market.

At the Google Cloud 2019 event -- a conference aimed at business customers focused on the GSuite and other cloud offerings -- there was a session called "Google Hardware for Business" during which Steve Jacobs, lead product manager at Google, confirmed that there will be more Pixel laptops and tablets. While Google saw last year's Pixel Slate as a consumer-focused product, Jacobs said the next generation of Pixel Slate will be aimed at a workforce that wants to "be productive on-the-go."

He explained that Google's own workforce tends to work away from a desk 60% of the time and working from home more than 40% of the time. As such, having something portable but powerful is key. And, if you've ever been to the Google campus, it's easy to notice so many employees working outside on Pixelbooks.

Google confirms new Pixel tablet, but it's not for you

Now, it's unclear exactly what this will mean for future Pixelbooks and Pixel Slates, because the idea of being "productive on-the-go" is something that can describe plenty of people, be they workers in various fields or students. In terms of hardware alone, it's hard to imagine what kind of changes Google would have to make. In general, the issues with the Pixelbook and Slate revolve around the price and the software.

The Pixelbook might be the best Chromebook on the market, but it gets hard to justify once you factor in the price which ranges between $999 and $1,649, depending on the build. The Pixel Slate starts at $799 (since the Celeron versions seem to have been canceled altogether) plus another $199 for the keyboard, which would be pretty much a requirement for anyone intending to be "productive on-the-go." However, the bigger issue with the Slate was more with software. The device was laggy to start; Android apps still aren't terribly well-made when it comes to tablets; and, ChromeOS just wasn't quite ready to be on a tablet yet.

Google will have to work on those issues if they're aiming at an enterprise market, because it's an especially tough sell to get a company to buy all new machines in addition to moving from Windows to ChromeOS, even if Google runs the cloud. Similarly, while individual workers or students might be able to make the switch without issue, there are always less expensive Chromebooks to be had.

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14 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6382; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wondering if they're still doing something with Project Tango behind the scenes...

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Just like some other products that we suspected Google to kill" In other words PhoneArena a fake news contributor.

2. User123456789

Posts: 197; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I wanted from Google a tablet with Android, not ChromeOS. Snapdragon 8xx and not Intel. - 128Gb ufs 2.1 or 3.0 - 4 Gb ddr4x - 10.5" 16:9 4K HDR LCD - 8500mAh - front stereo speakers - no rear camera, just front 12MP 1/2.3" f2.0 selfie with 4K@30 recording. - USB C 3.0 - 15W charger included in the box

4. vgking9699

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Starting price of $1199 for that too lol

5. User123456789

Posts: 197; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Still cheaper than iphone ... not bad

10. vgking9699

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Cheaper than a galaxy s10 5g or galaxy fold will be And cheaper than a surface pro

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It runs both Chrome OS and Android. Plus Linux programs as well. So it can do way more than Android alone.

9. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Why not just get a Samsung Tab S4?

13. vgking9699

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Cuz that’s old and outdated with its 2yr plus old cpu and won’t get updated

12. perry1234

Posts: 619; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Why no rear camera? What if in case someone needs to scan documents and does not have a good-enough smartphone camera? Eg: I have a $160 smartphone and a $700 iPad Pro ...guess what I use to scan documents to send to university/government?

3. MrPhilo

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Biggest joke is using EMMC instead of NVME at that price.

6. prokshit

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

They must be on dope or something to even think people would buy this Bull s**t of an laptop/tablet. I love google but this kind of s**tty hardware and skyrocketed price reminds me of HTC. Google needs to focus on PIXEL those things are the gems of the Android world and also that reminds me about their OS fragmentation garbage. Just man up and ask every company to update their god damn phone on TIME! its been 10 years and they still couldn't find a solution to that? WTF are you they doing with all that money, GOD!

14. Niva.

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Google can build in Android updates into the core of the OS and abstract the visual overlays out, as well as anything that's not in the core, it can be treated as an app. For some reason they choose not to do this. They are at least as responsible for the fragmentation of the OS as any of the hardware manufacturers that prevent updates from making it to the devices and the carriers refusing to push updates through. I agree with you though, their devices are crazy overpriced. Maybe it's the choice of materials they used, but they are not affordable for the general public. This goes for Pixels too. Nexus phones used to provide a good alternative to iPhone and other flagships with cheaper prices. Too bad...

11. Plutonium239

Posts: 1114; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The enterprise market is pretty well locked into windows. Hp and Microsoft dominate in this area. It doesn't make any sense for Google to try to move into the enterprise sector which is reliant on microsoft's ecosystem. The device they are going to try to sell isn't even in the same category, it will fail to compete successfully. This is probably going to be used to justify killing this line of products off.

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