At its hardware event in New York today, Google took the wraps off the Pixel Slate, the company's first tablet running Chrome OS. We knew a lot about it already, but now it's official: it's got a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, a fingerprint scanner in the power button, and optional accessories like a detachable keyboard cover and capacitive stylus. It'll be available later this year starting at $599.
The base model with an Intel Celeron processor, four gigs of RAM and 32 gigs internal storage starts at $599. You can spec it up all the way to a Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 gigs storage space, but that top-shelf model will cost you — it's $1599, without the folio cover or stylus. To take a tiny bit of the sting out of those prices, the Pixel Slate comes with three free months of YouTube TV.
The optional stylus is $99, and the keyboard cover will run you another $199. The keyboard is interesting in that it has rounded keys, a divisive design decision — personally, I'm a fan. Those keys are also backlit, which is pretty slick for a detachable cover. It's "infinitely adjustable" and can be set to any angle. There's no battery, but it pairs by simply snapping to the bottom of the Slate.
The 12.3-inch LCD screen (a Molecular Display™ in Google parlance) clocks in at 3,000 by 2,000 pixels, which works out to 293 pixels per inch. It also sports stereo front-facing speakers for a robust media experience. Both front and back cameras are eight-megapixel, and the front shooter is wide angle. Those cameras borrow some AI tricks from other Pixel shooters, like single-lens portrait mode. It's got two USB-C ports, but no 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. At 1.2 pounds, the tablet is certainly hefty, but it packs a 48 watt-hour battery.
Unfortunately, there's no release date just yet — we only know it's due before the end of the year. You can find more information on the Google Store.