Google Pixel Slate Review
Without a doubt, Google has been in a tablet game for a long period of time but unfortunately hasn’t had as much success as Pixel smartphones. Everything aside for a short while, Google announced much-rumored Google Pixel Slate in Australia and other regions. It’s Google’s first tablet running ChromeOS. Google launched Pixel Slate alongside an array of other hardware including Google Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3 and Home Hub.
The software Chrome OS is making Pixel Slate more like an ultra-portable Chromebook as compared to any other tablet. This machine indeed enables for exceptional productivity, while you’ll still be able to get access to Google’s complete library of Android apps. The Pixel Slate has a detachable keyboard and Pixelbook Pen, making it a direct competitor to Microsoft Surface as well as Apple’s iPad Pro. Let’s find out more in our Google Pixel Slate review in Australia below.
Google Pixel Slate Release Date and Price
The exact Google Pixel Slate release date in Australia isn’t given by Google so far. The only information we have is that it’ll start landing on shores before November is out. Google has invited anyone interested to join a waiting list.
As far as Google Pixel Slate Price in Australia is concerned, it’ll not come in one but in four different flavors and each will house different processor – varying amounts of RAM and onboard capacity.
The rumors around suggesting that Google Pixel Slate will set users back around AU$840 (after converting from USD) if you’ll get your hands on Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory.
The other variant with Intel’s eight-generation i7 Processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard memory will go for a whopping AU$2244 (after conversion).
Price – Quick Overview
- Intel® Celeron® processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD – AU$840
- Intel® Celeron® processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD – AU$981
- Intel® Core™ m3 processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD – AU$1121
- Intel® Core™ i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD – AU$1400
- Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – AU$2244
Note: Google Pen Stylus will set users back extra – approximately AU$139.
Google Pixel Slate Specifications
The Google Pixel Slate comes with 202.04mm x 290.85mm x 7.0mm dimensions and weighs only 0.7kg (1.6lbs). Further Google Pixel Slate specifications in Australia are listed below.
- Software: Chrome OS
- Dimensions: 202.04mm x 290.85mm x 7.0mm
- Weight: 1.6lbs/0.7kg
- Colour Options: Midnight Blue, Anodized Aluminum Body
- Display Size: 12.3-inches Molecular Display
- Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 Pixels (LTPS LCD)
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Touchscreen with Pixelbook Pen Support
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, wide field of view, 1080p@30fps video
- Rear Camera: 8MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, Auto Focus, 1080@30fps video
- Processor: 8th generation Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 Processor, or Intel Celeron Processor
- RAM: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
- SSD Storage: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
- Dual Front-Firing Speakers
- 2 Microphones for improved noise cancellation
- Battery: 48Wr – Capable of 10 hours of Usage
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2 x 2 MIMO, Dual-Band
- Bluetooth: 4.2
- Pixel Imprint Fingerprint Sensor with Dedicated Microcontroller
- Titan C Security Chip
Design and Display
The Google Pixel Slate comes with the same design we were expecting from a Pixel product. It’s mostly flat and has rounded corners as well as a sturdy metal construction. The right and left sides are covered by USB Type-C port whereas a volume rocker and a Google G Logo in an upper left corner of the backside. The power button is available on the top left, however.
The Pixel Slate has slim bezels but still quite big for dual FaceTime speakers and for resting your fingers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t land with a standard headphone jack but it is extraordinary slim – giving it a sleek and dazzling appearance. There are an 8MP FaceTime and rear camera. The FaceTime sensor has a wide-angle lens and both cameras utilize almost same machine learning algorithms which one can easily find on Google Pixel smartphones.
Screen-wise, Google Pixel Slate is bigger as compared to Pixel C, measuring a gorgeous 12.3-inches screen whereas Pixel 3 only houses 10-inches screen. The screen comes with a maximum resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels. Google claims that it’s having the highest pixel density of any device in such category. Undoubtedly, Pixel Slate’s screen is bright, lovely-looking and LCD Technology used by Google has an advantage of offering a high image resolution.
Google Pixel Slate is backed by ChromeOS which has been well optimized and gives you a full desktop experience whenever you need it. Several features such as app drawer, app dock and a Google search bar like a smartphone are being offered but apps like Google Chrome will you give a full desktop version while working in your office or at home. You’ll notice quite a few recommended shortcuts right below a search bar and these shortcuts will be changed over time based on how to use and apps you open frequently.
The Pixel Slate will appear your web pages you browse on your Pixel 3 and 3 XL so that you can keep browsing from one device to another without less hassle.
What makes Google Pixel Slate different? A keyboard because instead of being attached on a 360-degree hinge, it’s detachable. One can connect it with Pixel Slate via copper pogo pins and magnets and effortlessly snaps into place. The detachable keyboard doesn’t need to be coupled with Bluetooth and draws its power from the tablet itself as it will start working with immediate effects when connected. It’s very comfortable to use and circle keys are quite bold. There is a great space between keys and travel and feedback is very satisfying.
The Trackpad, on the other hand, is very spacious while considering overall size and provide excellent feedback when clicking.
Moving back to a keyboard, it is backlit, which means it wouldn’t be rendered useless while typing in a dark. Alongside keyboard, Pixel Slate does support for Pixelbook Pen for so many purposes such as writing down notes, creating drawings or using as a laser pointer.
Very much like other Google devices, Google Pixel Slate doesn’t house a headphone jack (as mentioned above). However, Google has done plentiful other things in order to compensate this. It’s featuring 2 dual-coil, front firing speakers, embedded in a bezel and powered by Waves MaxxAudio. The machine also includes a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.
Besides, for your video calling needs and for Google Assistant, Pixel Slate bears dual microphones with echo cancellation.
The tablet is equipped with a 48Wr battery which will be capable enough of up to 10 hours of usage upon a single charge. Don’t expect more than that. 10 hours means it can easily last you throughout a day with a little bit of juice left for play at home.
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