Talking Pixel Slate usage and productivity on This Week in Google: Is it a tablet or a laptop?

Is the Pixel Slate a tablet first and laptop second? Can you be productive solely with a tablet or do you really need a keyboard? We tackled these and other related questions on This Week in Google, where perhaps some initial device perceptions were changed.

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Rotatable clamshell mode coming to Chromebooks, Chrome tablets for improved tent mode

Got a 2-in-1 Chromebook or Chrome tablet like the Pixel Slate? You might have noticed that the relatively new automatic Desktop and Tablet modes cause an upside down screen in tent usage. Here are details on the upcoming fix for this issue.

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Virtual desktop workspaces and mobile website views coming to Chromebooks and Chrome tablets

Here’s why larger screened Chrome OS devices will benefit from virtual desktop workspaces while Chrome tablets with small screens will have a better web experience with mobile versions of sites.

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Pixel Slate and Pixel Slate Keyboard review: Portability and productivity at a premium price

The Pixel Slate and Keyboard aren’t for everyone when there are less expensive 2-in-1 Chromebooks available. But if you want the best of both a Chrome OS desktop and a tablet mode, aside from a few minor issues, this potent package is exceptional.

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Pixel Slate shipments have begun, Best Buy availability to follow soon?

After a false start with a November 22 retail availability date, my Pixel Slate pre-order has shipped and should arrive later this week. I’d expect inventory at Best Buy to be soon released as well.

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HP Chromebook X2 can be had for $100 off at Best Buy: $499 for the detachable tablet

While you could drop $799 on a Google Pixel Slate, it may make more sense to nab the HP Chromebook X2 on sale for $499 with the included keyboard and pen.

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Cheza Chromebook confirmed to get Project Crostini support for Linux apps

The detachable Chromebook known internally as Cheza and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 should have Linux app support through Project Crostini based on a new code commit.

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Pixel Slate orders begin, release date confirmed as November 22

Yup, the November 22 release date for the Google Pixel Slate is correct. Best Buy will have the device that day and you can now order directly from Google. Not sure which to buy? I got you covered.

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Pixel Slate passes FCC certifications but no LTE in sight

Good news: The Pixel Slate has been certified for the U.S. Bad news if you were hoping for an integrated LTE option: The only tested radios were for dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That potential November 22nd date for availability is looking good though.

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Atlas Chromebook to get a battery boost with Intel Integrated Sensor Hub co-processor

The upcoming Atlas Chromebook is getting a co-processor, similar to those used in Apple’s iPhones and some Android handsets. Sensor data is offloaded to this low-power chip so the main processor is used for more complex actions, which saves battery life.

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Belkin USB-C keyboards for Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Chrome OS tablets now available

Need a USB keyboard for your Chrome tablet? You can now purchase either of two models from Belkin, starting at $40. They’re made for small slates but can handle larger devices such as the Pixel Slate too.

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