Google Revealed the Pixel Slate, But Told Us Absolutely Nothing of Note

By Tom Pritchard on at

Google insists that tablets are basically just big phones pretending to computers, throwing some subtle shade at the likes of Apple who seem to think tablets are the future. It also has lots of nice things to say about ChromeOS, so it's merged the two together, to create a tablet running ChromeOS that should be actually useful. Cue plenty of bragging,lots of fluff, and no actual information

The first batch of bragging came in the form of the display, the announcement of which was filled with all kinds of technobabble about electrons and the six million pixels. Surprisingly, despite insisting it wants great sounds, the Pixel Slate only has dual front speakers, though they did gloss over some points about optimising the audio. Very little in terms of specs, though. The only ones we got were flashed by as unreadable speeds, though we did manage to pull out promises of a 10 hour battery life, a 12.3-inch display, 7mm thin, 1.6 lbs weight, aluminium body, a duo cam, and a bunch of other stuff we couldn't read.

As you can tell Google isn't actually revealing a while lot. Aside from the fact Chrome OS looks an awful lot more like Android than it used to, the Pixel Slate looks pretty mundane. There's a front facing camera with portrait mode, in case you're stupid enough to take selfies on a giant display. The images also reveal a pointless camera on the back, and a stylus, while the keyboard folio case some with round 'soft' keys that don't make those satisfying clackity sounds that one guy in your office takes issue with.

The main focus of this tablet seems to be that this is a tablet running a desktop OS, not the phone-based Android. So  it has that same desktop experience, and a full version of the Chrome desktop browser that will never load up a mobile webpage. Which is nice, because mobile sites are garbage.

And that's basically it. Pricing £549, with a £99 Pixel Pen, and £189 for the folio keyboard. It'll be hitting the US, UK, and Canada later this year. No other solid details, though.