One of the worst-kept tech secrets in recent history is officially out of the bag. Google has announced a new tablet, the Pixel Slate, alongside a handful of other new products includingand .
The Pixel Slate starts at $599 (or £549) and comes in a variety of configurations; the most expensive model, which features Intel's eighth-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, costs $1,599 (or £1,549). Google said the Pixel Slate would ship later this year; you can sign up now to be notified of availability on the Google Store.
In keeping with much of the information that leaked prior to today's event, the midnight blue tablet has a 12.3-inch display and runs Google's Chrome operating system. It measures just over a quarter-inch thick and weighs 1.6 pounds. Google also announced two optional accessories -- the $199 Pixel Keyboard and $99 Pixelbook Pen.
Here's what we know so far about the Pixel Slate:
- Starts at $599
- Intel Celeron, Core m3, Core i5 or Core i7 CPU
- Up to 16GB of RAM
- 12.3-inch Molecular display with 293 ppi
- 8MP rear- and front-facing cameras with Portrait mode
- Two USB-C ports
- Support for 4K external display
- Pixel Imprint fingerprint scanner
- Stereo speakers
- New version of Chrome OS
- Integrated Google Assistant
- Titan M Security Chip, which encrypts data and passwords
- Family Link controls
- Includes free 3-month trial of YouTube TV
- 48Wh battery provides up to 10 hours of battery life
- Measures 11.45x7.95x0.27 inches (LWH)
The $199 Pixel Slate Keyboard features rounded, backlit keys and connects magnetically; it does not require power or charging. In opting to not include the keyboard with the tablet, Google is following Microsoft's controversial model with the Surface Pro keyboard, which costs an extra $160. But Google's total package is less expensive than Microsoft's; the Pixel Slate, keyboard and stylus cost $900 compared to the Surface Pro, keyboard and stylus bundle, which runs $1,160.
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