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.
So you’ve decided to buy a Pixel Slate once it becomes available. Ok, but which of the five configurations should you get? Here’s a guide to help you through the process, regardless of your budget.
Since the #MadeByGoogle event is on Tuesday, there’s still time for one last Monday night leak. This one comes from the always dependable Evan Blass, showing the Pixel Slate attached to its thin keyboard.
Need a hands free way to wake up the Pixel Slate? It’s likely you’ll have one since Google recently added a Wake on Voice function to its first Chrome OS tablet, expected to launch on October 9.
Images of the Pixel Slate have leaked, apparently confirming the earlier images of the Nocturne tablet with detachable keyboard. This is looking like a real challenger to Apple’s iPad Pro, depending on price.
Expect the Pixel Slate, aka: Nocturne, to have configuration options across a wide range of price points based on benchmark tests showing four different Intel chips and 8 or 16 GB of memory powering Google’s Chrome OS tablet.
Geekbench tests showing a device called Google Nocturne (aka: Pixel Slate) appeared online: At least one configuration is likely to be the latest Core i7 Y-series chip and 16 GB RAM, with Android 9 on board the detachable Chrome tablet.
Six months after the base HP Chromebook X2 launched, the U.S. is still waiting for more powerful configurations. If you live in the EU however, you can get this detachable Chrome tablet with a Core i5 and 8GB of memory.
There’s a code commit from July suggesting that Nocturne could dual boot into Windows or Linux. However, it’s not likely to happen in the near future: All of the Project Campfire efforts are targeted at the Pixelbook for now.
A hidden Google Store link shows that new device orders may begin on October 9, the day Google is expected to show off a refreshed Pixelbook, the Chrome OS tablet code-named “Nocturne” and new Pixel phones. Get your credit cards ready!
Google has quietly changed the Chrome OS code for Nocturne, its first Chrome tablet expected to launch at the #MadeByGoogle event on October 9: Instead of the originally planned 2400×1600 resolution, the screen res will be 3000×2000.