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Google Pixel Slate

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen 12.3-inch 3000x2000 LCD Processor Intel Core i5 Memory 8GB Storage 128GB Operating system ChromeOS Cameras 8MP front-facing wide-angle, 8MP rear Dimensions 291x202x7mm Weight 731g

From £549 store.google.com

The Pixel Slate makes us feel all existential. What is this? Who is it for? It’s not a tool to revive the messy Android tablet market – it supports Android apps, but it’s a ChromeOS device, running an upgraded but very similar operating system to the Pixelbook which came before it, and toting Intel hardware inside. It’s not, at least as a whole, a hardware showcase – its screen is spectacular, and it carries a premium feel, but a glance at the internal specs raises eyebrows when they’re compared to the asking price at each level.

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What it is, or at least what it appears to be, is Google’s stab at joining the market niche that Microsoft has been busydedicated tablet or a full-blown PC. And Google really has got a lot of things right – but there’s just a lot lacking, too.

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