Google has released of few smartphones and tablets for this couple of years and they even already released a pretty expensive laptop which called as Google Pixel Book in 2017. The only thing they has not done here is making is a truly good looking and expensive Chromebook tablet and recently they really make it. The Google Pixel Slate is a 12.3 inch premium tablet which will cost you a lot of money here. The device started for under 800 dollars for the Core M3 model and goes to more than 1000 dollars for the I7 model. For this review, I am getting the mid end model powered by I5 processor and it runs pretty decent.
Unfortunately, the system runs of low power 8th generation processor from Y series and not truly the ULV processor. In fact, the I5 8200Y only runs of dual core processor instead of quad core like we see in I5 8250U. Compared to Surface Pro which features a similar price point here, then performance is quite behind here. Well, it’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Construction
Like typical of premium device, the entire chassis is built from aluminum material and then covered in some good looking finishing surface. Here, Google puts of what they called as Midnight Blue finishing and it looks pretty modern. Furthermore, the build quality is truly amazing as I never see any gap across the chassis and it feels durable and strong. I do notice the bezel surrounded the display looks quite thick compared to iPad Pro 2018, but does not mean make it looks outdate at all and seems to provide a better handling by using of single hand. The design is okay and you are not going to find something bad from it.
With the 0.3 inches of thickness, the system is weight for around 1.6 pounds. In comparison, the Surface Pro 6 has the same thickness, but appeared as slightly heavier on this case. The only lighter competitor appeared is basically the iPad Pro. That amount of weight is decent in my opinion, but as soon as you connect it the keyboard, then the weight is going to rise for around 2.9 pounds. Well, 3 pounds is seems to be less portable for most everyone here. Both of stylus and keyboard are sold separately here.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
Its 12.3 inch IPS screen looks pretty impressive on producing great images during my test. Streaming of the Detective Pikachu live action movies provides me good amount of details without making the images neither are too bright or over saturated. In fact, the panel is managed produce 99 % of SRGB, so no wonder the quality is so good. Unfortunately, I find the brightness is less dependable for outdoor usage. I can’t believe it just has 337 nits brightness as even the old Galaxy Book from 2017 even has 350 nits of brightness. I guess they want to save more battery by offering a dim display, but 337 nits are too dim.
As for the input, I guess you should its keyboard because there is no way to rely of everything on its touchscreen. You could also buy the other cheap made keyboard, but you are going to miss some features here. First of all, the keyboard feels pretty comfortable with its circular keys. It takes time to get used, but soon should be your favorite here. The keys feedback are decent and it sounds very quiet even during my fast typing. This is a nice keyboard if you only want to spend 199 dollars for it.
|Google Pixel Slate 12.3 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I5-8200Y 8th Gen Up To 3.9 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||12.3 Inch IPS 3000 x 2000|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The Slate is running of Chrome OS and Google has provided of some modifications to make it more comfortable to use and navigate with the touchscreen. Unfortunately, it’s still a Chrome with the application are so limited here. The Intel I5 8500Y seems to be quite wasteful here because we can really use it truly good performance because there is no such a demanding application to test with here. Fortunately, you still have of Android apps and almost all of them work pretty well. I almost depend on everything through this OS included installing the Microsoft Office Mobile and some other stuff. You won’t have any problem in term of performance here.
Moving into the battery life, the tablet will easily last for 8 to 9 hours in single charge. I often connect of my external HDD and even using my headphone for almost all of time and the battery still running pretty decent here. The available of USB type-C helps a lot because I can just bring a single cable and manage to charge it anywhere through my battery pack. It feels a lot convenient than using of standard charging method. This can be a good consideration for you.back to menu ↑
I am seeing of Pixel Slate as a truly good Chrome tablet especially as they still don’t have of any good competitor here. We actually have of Acer is having the same kind of device, but its quality and hardware are falling behind because Acer really targets the low end market instead of premium one. I just hope they should bring the Linux support for soon considering its hardware is good enough to run some demanding apps. Just make sure to consider everything before you want to afford this machine. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you pretty much for reading the article and see you again next time.