Google Pixel Slate review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Google Pixel Slate currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
12.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Police

Not only did Google ship a product with an OS that clearly just isn’t quite ready for a tablet form factor, it did so in a way that feels unfinished and, at times, broken. Unlike the Pixelbook, which was at least a very pleasant laptop despite some rough edges that have since largely been smoothed,...

- David Ruddock, Android Police
Time

Unfortunately, the Pixel Slate is ruined by bad software, through and through. The shining spot, its Chrome browser, is the only aspect that works as expected. Everything else feels unpolished, and the attempt to graft Android’s most useful bits onto Chrome OS falls flat here.

- Patrick Lucas Austin, Time
Engadget

Based purely on its hardware, the Pixel Slate is impressive. Unfortunately, the whole package is hampered by a confusing software experience and a high price. If you’re looking for a Chrome device, there are plenty of less expensive options that work just as well, if not better.

- Nathan Ingraham, Engadget
The Next Web

The Pixel Slate gets close on the hardware front, but a steep price and a seriously flawed keyboard cover make Google’s first Chrome OS tablet a disappointing one. If Google wants to be known for its devices as much as its software, it needs to justify the premium price tag. For all but Chrome OS di...

- Napier Lopez, The Next Web
Ars Technica

Like the Pixelbook, it excels with its modern design, solid overall performance, and good battery life. The Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor adds a much-needed feature that not only makes the Pixel Slate more secure, but sets a precedent for OEMs to include biometric authentication in future Chromeb...

- Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica


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Screen Size
12.3"

The Google Pixel Slate's screen size is 12.3 inches with 2000 x 3000 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Intel Celeron 8th Gen processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Custom Chrome OS operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
48WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 48 WHr battery. Google's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Pixel Slate Specs

Overview
Release date December 31, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Custom Chrome OS
Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Celeron 8th Gen
Internal Flash Memory 32/64/128/256 GB
RAM 4/8/16 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 48 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.45 x 7.95 x 0.27 cm (4.5 x 3.1 x 0.1 in)
Weight 721 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2000 x 3000 pixels
Pixel density 293 pixels
Size 12.3 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/1.9
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Unknown
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Variations:

Intel Celeron Processor
Storage: 32/64 GB
RAM: 4/8 GB

8th Gen Intel Core m3 Processor
Storage: 64 GB
RAM: 8 GB

8th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor
Storage: 128 GB
RAM: 8 GB

8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor
Storage: 256 GB
RAM: 16 GB

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Critic Reviews


Android Police

It's a beautiful mess - but mostly just a mess

from Android Police

Not only did Google ship a product with an OS that clearly just isn’t quite ready for a tablet form factor, it did so in a way that feels unfinished and, at times, broken. Unlike the Pixelbook, which was at least a very pleasant laptop despite some rough edges that have since largely been smoot...More

Not only did Google ship a product with an OS that clearly just isn’t quite ready for a tablet form factor, it did so in a way that feels unfinished and, at times, broken. Unlike the Pixelbook, which was at least a very pleasant laptop despite some rough edges that have since largely been smoothed, the Pixel Slate doesn’t have strong core competencies to fall back on. It’s not a very good laptop that is also a much worse tablet (at least for anything but Netflix binging).

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Time

Just another tablet biting off more than it can chew

from Time

Unfortunately, the Pixel Slate is ruined by bad software, through and through. The shining spot, its Chrome browser, is the only aspect that works as expected. Everything else feels unpolished, and the attempt to graft Android’s most useful bits onto Chrome OS falls flat here.

Read full review

Unfortunately, the Pixel Slate is ruined by bad software, through and through. The shining spot, its Chrome browser, is the only aspect that works as expected. Everything else feels unpolished, and the attempt to graft Android’s most useful bits onto Chrome OS falls flat here.

Read full review

Less

Engadget

The burden of bad software

from Engadget

Based purely on its hardware, the Pixel Slate is impressive. Unfortunately, the whole package is hampered by a confusing software experience and a high price. If you’re looking for a Chrome device, there are plenty of less expensive options that work just as well, if not better.

Read full review

Based purely on its hardware, the Pixel Slate is impressive. Unfortunately, the whole package is hampered by a confusing software experience and a high price. If you’re looking for a Chrome device, there are plenty of less expensive options that work just as well, if not better.

Read full review

Less

The Next Web

Gorgeous, flawed, and inexplicably priced

from The Next Web

The Pixel Slate gets close on the hardware front, but a steep price and a seriously flawed keyboard cover make Google’s first Chrome OS tablet a disappointing one. If Google wants to be known for its devices as much as its software, it needs to justify the premium price tag. For all but Chrome OS diehards, the Pixel Slate does not.

Read full review

The Pixel Slate gets close on the hardware front, but a steep price and a seriously flawed keyboard cover make Google’s first Chrome OS tablet a disappointing one. If Google wants to be known for its devices as much as its software, it needs to justify the premium price tag. For all but Chrome OS diehards, the Pixel Slate does not.

Read full review

Less

Ars Technica

The overpriced tablet showcases Chrome OS' promising tablet future

from Ars Technica

Like the Pixelbook, it excels with its modern design, solid overall performance, and good battery life. The Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor adds a much-needed feature that not only makes the Pixel Slate more secure, but sets a precedent for OEMs to include biometric authentication in future Chro...More

Like the Pixelbook, it excels with its modern design, solid overall performance, and good battery life. The Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor adds a much-needed feature that not only makes the Pixel Slate more secure, but sets a precedent for OEMs to include biometric authentication in future Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets. While that hardware is good, it's not the best for most users nor is it even the best out of the few Chrome OS tablets available now for those who want a premium device.

Read full review

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Mashable

An average and buggy tablet that's not worth the money

from Mashable

The Pixel Slate seemed like the best chance to offer the best of both a mobile OS and a desktop-like browser experience, but poor optimization and expensive pricing make it a dud in my book. Maybe Google will improve the Slate's performance and fix the bugs in a software update, but at launch, th...More

The Pixel Slate seemed like the best chance to offer the best of both a mobile OS and a desktop-like browser experience, but poor optimization and expensive pricing make it a dud in my book. Maybe Google will improve the Slate's performance and fix the bugs in a software update, but at launch, the Surface Pro 6 is the better value on every level: hardware, software, and keyboard. Or just get a Pixelbook — it does everything the Pixel Slate does but better, and it's cheaper.

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The Guardian

A strong case for death of Android tablets

from The Guardian

The Pixel Slate makes a very convincing argument for the death of Android tablets. Turning the desktop-class experience of Chrome OS into a mobile, finger-friendly operating system brings the best of both worlds together in one neat package.

Read full review

The Pixel Slate makes a very convincing argument for the death of Android tablets. Turning the desktop-class experience of Chrome OS into a mobile, finger-friendly operating system brings the best of both worlds together in one neat package.

Read full review

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Venture Beat

An expensive work in progress

from Venture Beat

That’s all to say that the Pixel Slate could, with a matured Chrome OS and a price point that reflects its hardware, rival any 2-in-1 heavyweight in the market today. But as things stand currently, unless you prefer to spend the bulk of your time in a work-in-progress OS, you’re better off with a surer bet.

Read full review

That’s all to say that the Pixel Slate could, with a matured Chrome OS and a price point that reflects its hardware, rival any 2-in-1 heavyweight in the market today. But as things stand currently, unless you prefer to spend the bulk of your time in a work-in-progress OS, you’re better off with a surer bet.

Read full review

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Laptop Magazine

A great 2-in-1 with small issues that Google needs to fix

from Laptop Magazine

There so much about the Google Pixel Slate to love, including its beautiful screen, comfortable keyboard, great sound and long battery life. Unfortunately, this machine comes with a few asterisks, including some notable bugs that Google should fix soon. It will take longer, though, for Google Play apps to feel like native tablet apps.

Read full review

There so much about the Google Pixel Slate to love, including its beautiful screen, comfortable keyboard, great sound and long battery life. Unfortunately, this machine comes with a few asterisks, including some notable bugs that Google should fix soon. It will take longer, though, for Google Play apps to feel like native tablet apps.

Read full review

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Android Central

Pro tablet, mediocre laptop

from Android Central

Google's first Chrome tablet is an ambitious product that changes the way we look at a Chromebook. It's meant to be in your hands and not on your lap, and the mix of Chrome and web apps, Android apps, and Linux apps mean it can be more than just a content-consumption device.

Read full review

Google's first Chrome tablet is an ambitious product that changes the way we look at a Chromebook. It's meant to be in your hands and not on your lap, and the mix of Chrome and web apps, Android apps, and Linux apps mean it can be more than just a content-consumption device.

Read full review

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