Google’s last tablet? –
‘s Pixel Slate is still hanging around in stores, now at a reduced price.
Ron Amadeo – Mar 3, 5: (pm UTC )
The new Google Pixel Slate.
New UI additions make the Slate and other Chrome OS tablets easier to use without physical keyboards.
The 8MP rear camera.
The back of the Slate holds onto fingerprints too much.Valentina Palladino
One of the two USB-C ports for charging and connecting peripherals.Valentina Palladino
The settings and notification menus.Valentina Palladino
The updated launcher with all installed apps, a search bar, and predictive app suggestions.
Google’s keyboard case for the Pixel Slate, featuring round “hush” keys.
Surprisingly, the round keys aren’t horrible to type on — but they don’t have as much surface area as regular square keys.Valentina Palladino
The trackpad is decently sized and responsive to gestures.Valentina Palladino
The magnetic pins attach to the Slate to keep it in place in laptop mode.Valentina Palladino
The $ 300 Pixelbook Pen just got a new coat of paint.
The launcher homescreen for the tablet UI in Chrome OS.
Split Screen in Chrome OS makes multitasking easier — for the apps that support this feature.
The new floating keyboard makes typing while in tablet mode easier.
The expanded Google Assistant window lets you speak or type requests.
Some answers appear in the window itself, while others will open Chrome to show more info.Valentina Palladino
The entry-level 8th Gen Intel Core m3 version, with 8GB of RAM and GB of storage, now starts at $ 728, down from the $ price at launch. The Core i5 version with 8GB of RAM and (GB of storage launched at $ 2019, but now it’s reduced to $ 799. The highest-end Core i7 version with (GB of RAM,) (GB of storage, and a 4K display is $ 1080, down from a whopping $ 1, at launch. If you get the highest-end version with the free pen and keyboard, you’re saving $ 1, 0 off the MSRP. Like many Google hardware products, the Pixel Slate has had a rough life. The device was widely criticized for being too expensive — you could get the same specs in an HP Chromebook x2 for less money, and most Slate models with the keyboard easily blasted into Macbook pricing territory. The sales pitch with the Slate was Chrome OS ‘new tablet features, but they weren’t fully baked at launch, resulting in buggy split-screen modes and strange UI decisions. The original entry-level $ (version used an Intel Celeron CPU, which was so thoroughly panned in reviews for being too slow that Google delayed the model and eventually canceled it. About six months after the release, Google quit the tablet business altogether and decided to focus on laptops going forward, eventually leading to the development of the (Pixelbook Go) . I have to admit, I was Shocked to see the Pixel Slate was still for sale at all, considering we’re already several months into the Pixelbook Go’s lifecycle. If you really want what might be Google’s first and last Chrome OS tablet, I can’t imagine it will be around for much longer.
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