Google spent a lot of time and effort to convince everyone that Chrome OS is not just for laptops. The fruits of the company's labor have slowly revealed over the last year through software updates and the few Chrome OS tablets that are already available.
But Google officially launched the era of Chrome OS tablet with its own Pixel Slate, as announced last month, along with the Pixel 3 smartphone. The first Google-made tablet in three years is now available for purchase. And you can think of Pixel Slate as a not so distant cousin of the company's premium Chromebook, Pixelbook, because it appeals to those who have chosen Chrome OS as their primary operating system, and only require the highest quality hardware for it.
The Pixelbook, but certainly the most Googley Chromebook, has been shown to be just one of the best available Chromebooks. Similarly, Pixel Slate has many things for it ̵
Pixel Slate can not share a silver and white aesthetics with Pixelbook, but it still has a clean design, now only with darker tones. The all-metal back has a deep navy color with a slightly brighter blue "G" in the upper left corner. The rear 8MP camera is located in the top right corner, so the rest of the disc is unknown with ornamental.
|Specifications at a glance: Google Pixel Slate (as featured)|
|Display||12.3 Inch 3000 x 2000 LCD Touch Screen|
|OS||Chrome OS, Android 9|
|CPU||] Intel Core i5-8200Y|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 615|
|Network||802.11b / g / n / ac (2×2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||2 USB C ports|
|Size||7.9 × 11.5|
|Starting Price||$ 599|
|Price As Rated||$ 999|
|Other Benefits||New Fingerprint Reader|
However, the slate back fingerprints and stains like my 10 year old self-assembled Pokemon card, so do not expect the metal to remain stable for too long. Nevertheless, it is a robust tablet that does not bend easily under pressure.
Uniform black bezels surround the 12.3-inch, 3000×2000, 293ppi screen, and allow your fingers to grasp the board in either portrait or landscape orientation. The display gives rich colors and becomes clearly bright (Google does not provide maximum brightness in nits, but our colorimeters measured 362 nits at full brightness). It responds to touch and pen input well, but viewing angles are not greatest: direct sunlight and environments with light bulbs give a lot of screen shading.
Two front-facing speaker grinders sit on both sides and deliver decent sound no matter what position slate is in. As they fill my little office with sound, they would be hard pressed to fill my entire living room, even less my entire apartment.
Edges along the sides of slate are smooth, corners are rounded, and the device measures only 7mm thick while weighing 1.6 pounds. Google has two USB C ports on both sides of slate so you can charge your device comfortably wherever your power source is. A headset connector is absent on slate, as it is on the Pixel 3 smartphone, which is a disappointing but surprising reality. Pogo pins on one of the longer edges connect to compatible keyboard accessories, and a new fingerprint sensor is located on the opposite edge.
USB C ports, while not Thunderbolt 3 compatible, also allows you to connect external devices and dongles so you can import data from other sources and connect to an external 4K display (Bluetooth accessory like mouse is also compatible). Unlike the iOS app on the new iPad Pro, the Chrome OS & # 39; Files app gives you access to data on external drives connected via USB-C. You can drag and drop or copy files from such a drive to the Pixel Slate layer's built-in storage, or you can move them to your Google Drive storage as needed.
While Pixelbook featured Chromebooks (and certainly from other laptops in general), Pixel Slate is more inferior. It's not a bad thing, especially because Google still infused enough of its signature cleanliness and modernity in the design. Slate emits metallic accents, diamond cut edges and gimmicky design elements. Instead, the Swedish concept follows "lagom" or "just enough" (depending on your personal taste is either big or terrible).
Biometric and Pixel Imprint Fingerprint Sensor
Slate is the first Chrome OS device that has a fingerprint sensor, called "Pixel Imprint." Operating system previously unsupported biometric login. While the device has an 8MP front-facing camera, you will not find an IR camera on the shifter (the front of the camera is mainly for Duo video calls). But a fingerprint sensor is better than nothing, and the same repetitive push and lift movement is required on the top of the reader for a few minutes.
Once your fingerprint is registered, you can use it to sign in to your Google Account, just as you would, on a MacOS or Windows device. The reader is located on top of the power button, so you can press and hold it down to start slipping. But the fingerprint reader comes with a weird idiosyncrasy-you can not turn on slate and log in at the same time. Since the fingerprint reader and power button are one and the same as they are on the Huawei Matebook X Pro, you think you can press and hold once to turn on the device and log in to your account. But that's not the case: just turn on the device and retrieve the traditional login screen asking for your password.
In essence, you can only use fingerprints to unlock the slate screen from sleep, but you need to create a PIN first to do it. While Chrome OS on shipped asks you to set up a fingerprint reader when you configure your device for the first time, it is not asking you to create a PIN that will contain fingerprints and passwords. However, you must enable the PIN or password login option in your personal settings before you can use the registered fingerprint at all.
Windows Hello requires that you create a PIN before registering a fingerprint so the process is not unknown. However, I assumed that I could use my finger to log on to slate immediately after registering because I was not asked to make a PIN at that time. It is also confusing that your fingerprints can wake your device from sleep, but do not log in until after turning on. When asked about this, Google explained that this is a security goal for its Made By Google devices (like Pixel smartphones) designed to better protect the device against unauthorized logins from startup.
Still, I'm glad that Google finally included fingerprint approval for Chrome OS and its own Chrome OS tablet. It's been a long time, and in combination with the Titan C chip inside slate, the device makes the device more secure. Google developed the Titan C chip specifically for Chrome OS devices, but the newer chip achieves essentially the same things as the Titan M chips in Pixel 3 devices. That means it helps with secure boot-up process, and stores the most up-to-date version of Chrome OS and prevents others from returning the system back to a less secure version. It also provides screen protection with login login, on-device encryption and other security features.