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Google hints at successor to the Pixel Slate

Google could be prepping a more compact variant of the Pixel Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
Google could be prepping a more compact variant of the Pixel Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
Despite word of layoffs at Google’s hardware division, it appears that a successor or stablemate for the Pixel Slate is still in the works. A slideshow presented at the Cloud Next 19 conference in San Francisco hints that a smaller variant of the Slate could be in offing.
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A Google slideshow presented at the Cloud Next 19 conference currently underway in San Francisco points to a smaller successor or more likely a stablemate of the current Pixel Slate. The first of three slides talks about its Pixelbook, which Google targeted towards “busy executives” among others. The second says the Pixel Slate has been targeted at “sales teams in the field,” for example. However, the third slide talks about yet to be revealed device that is all about being “productive on-the-go.”

While it can be argued that a Pixelbook and a Pixel Slate are all about being productive on-the-go, the implied message is that Google has something even more compact up its sleeve. To this extent, a smaller variant of the Pixel Slate would seem like a realistic proposition. At 12.3-inches, the Pixel Slate is more in line with iPad Pro 12.9 and Surface Pro 6 dimensions. Yet both Apple and Microsoft also offer smaller tablets aimed at mobility first.

The hint that Google is still working on new computing hardware is reassuring given reports that it has scaled back its “Create” division which has been focused on “Made by Google” hardware including the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. To date, its Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have been priced at the premium end of the market competing with fully-fledged Windows devices. A more compact, and presumably cheaper, Slate would make sense if Google is looking to expand its hardware appeal.

The first slide is focused on the Pixelbook. (Source: 9to5Google)
The first slide is focused on the Pixelbook. (Source: 9to5Google)
The second slide is focused on the Pixel Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
The second slide is focused on the Pixel Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
The third slide points to a more compact, but unreleased, Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
The third slide points to a more compact, but unreleased, Slate. (Source: 9to5Google)
 
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-04-10 (Update: 2019-04-10)