New Chrome OS tablet debuts at Made by Google event
The Google October release showcase has launched the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. However, for those not in the market for a new phone, there is also the Pixel Slate. This tablet may make good competition for the Surface Book or even some iPads. It has only one SKU, known as Midnight Blue.
The Pixel Slate is powered by Chrome OS rather than Android. Google claims that this software is exceptionally optimized for the tablet compared to any that has gone before. Like previous Google-branded slates, however, it has front-firing speakers. In addition, its 12.3-inch screen has bezels somewhat reminiscent of the Nexus 9. This screen has 293 pixels per inch; Google claims that its unique "poly-silicon crystal architecture" (or, in other words, P-OLED) makes it clearer and brighter due to the ability to push electrons around faster.
The Google Pixel Slate also runs Play Store apps. It has 8MP cameras on the front and rear, with a wide-angle capability for selfie shots. The Made By event did not include any more spec details. However, it is set to start at US$599 in the Google store, as well as in physical retail outlets in Canada, the UK and the US.