Google wants to take tablets seriously again with the leaked Pixel Slate

Alright, so we’re not getting a Pixel Watch this year, but it looks like Google will be taking another stab at the tablet market for the first time in years after abandoning the segment with some Nexus tablets.

There are some pretty key differences with this tablet, though, so don’t get too excited if you’re looking for a Nexus 10 replacement.

First up, the Google Pixel Slate is going to be running Chrome OS, not Android, which is much more in line with Google’s current attempts to push Chrome OS into the tablet form factor instead of just as a laptop replacement. This thing’s pretty squarely in the Surface Go/iPad Pro camp, as it looks like it will sell as a tablet on its own with a detachable keyboard and stylus for purchase separately.

That keyboard looks pretty slick and polished, though, with its own Google Assistant button and several navigation and function keys that correspond with Chrome OS actions. At least it doesn’t look half-baked. We already know how well a stylus works on Chrome OS, so there’s not much to talk about there.

Specs are still an unknown ahead of Google’s hardware event tomorrow, but rumors point towards an Intel Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and some other configuration options that make it sound like it’ll be a more expensive, prosumer option. Like I said, don’t hold your breath for a new Nexus take.

source: Droid Life

About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • Bardo

    I’m actually quite happy to see a ChromeOS tablet. But I really wish it was an 8″ device instead of 10″+. They’re too clunky to hold as a tablet for any appreciable amount of time. On the flip side, they’re also too small to use as a laptop replacement. Because of the screen size the keyboard always ends up being cramped.
    Give me an 8″ tablet and a 13″ laptop over these 10″ hybrid devices any day of the week.