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