Google Pixel Slate benchmark reveals 16GB RAM version with Intel Core i7

Google Pixel Slate benchmark reveals 16GB RAM version with Intel Core i7
Android tablets are not as popular as they used to be, but Google is obviously not ready to throw in the towel just yet in a fight against Apple’s iPads and the ever-expanding Microsoft Surface family.

After proving surprisingly popular among students and teachers, Chrome OS laptops have started to diversify their sizes, form factors, and price points. There are now Chrome OS tablets aimed squarely against the smallest, cheapest iPad, at least in the classroom, with a Pixel Slate reportedly on the way to try to bring the software platform into the mainstream.

No better way to do that than also running Windows 10 as a backup boot alternative, and in case you were wondering, the “Nocturne” is set to pack plenty of punch as well.

The rumored codename of the device widely expected to go official as the Google Pixel Slate has just surfaced in the Geekbench database, revealing a powerful configuration with Intel Core i7 inside and a whopping 16GB RAM.

Granted, the 8500Y is not exactly the world’s fastest Core i7 processor, having seen daylight very recently as part of the Amber Lake microarchitecture. Fabricated on Intel’s 14++ nm process, the chip operates at 1.5 GHz with a TDP (thermal design power) of 5W, supporting a Turbo Boost frequency of 4.2 GHz. 

In other words, this is perfect for a 2-in-1 design focused equally on raw power and energy efficiency. Indeed, the Pixel Slate is tipped to come with a detachable keyboard and relatively affordable price tag, sitting somewhat lower on the convertible laptop totem pole than last year’s Pixelbook.

Of course, an Amber Lake-based Core i5 variant with 8GB RAM is also possible, and we probably shouldn’t rule out one or two models packing faster Kaby Lake R processors either. Maybe even a direct Pixelbook sequel.

By the way, don’t let this newly discovered benchmarking listing fool you into believing the Pixel Slate runs Android 9 Pie. Instead, you’re looking at a standard Chrome OS setup here capable of installing Android apps.

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7 Comments

1. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Technically Chromebooks are going to have an incredibly bright future! If these are extremely powerful being able to run obviously Chrome OS with standard browsing and tasks via Chrome and then Android Apps and most of all very capable Linux apps and Games (as recently heard with Steam i think), then these can become the de facto standard mobile devices you can't ignore.

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Not only Steam, but you can run full Gimp, Android Studio, and any other ideas from a Chromebook as well.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

If this hardware can't run legacy photo or video editing programs than it's a waste of hardware and money. By the way Apple struck a deal with Adobe to bring full pledged photoshop to Ipad.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You clearly haven't used Linux or Chrome OS, because there a ton of great graphics applications that can be run from Linux. No t to mention Steam. Plus Chromebook can now run anything from Linux, including other OS's via a VM. Plus you can run a full development environment (IDE) like Android studio, and more.

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1103; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

But not Photoshop and many other Windows and MacOS only apps.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, Photoshop was important to me when I was younger and thought that I wanted to pursue graphic design, but I think I'm perfectly fine with free web-based alternatives like Pixlr which offers all the major functionality of Photoshop in a familiar interface for free.

7. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

You clearly miss the point.

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