Google Pixel m3 Slate is a maddening device to review. It’s the latest in a line of premium, expensive Chrome OS devices from Google — but the first that’s a tablet, meant to compete with the iPad Pro and Surface Pro. Based purely on its hardware, the Pixel Slate should be up to the task: It has powerful specs (an Intel i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage), an OLED screen that looks fantastic, and a nearly bezel-less design with four speakers tuned by AKG to provide excellent sound quality for watching a video or listening to music.
The Google Pixel Slate, available in m3 and Core i5 configurations, is a versatile 2-in-1 tablet that blurs the lines between productivity and entertainment. In this comprehensive review, we’ll delve into the specifications and performance of both the m3 and Core i5 variants to help you make an informed decision based on your computing needs.
Design and Build Quality:
The Pixel Slate exhibits a premium design with a sleek aluminum body, providing a robust yet lightweight feel. Both the m3 and Core i5 variants share this elegant design, making them visually appealing and well-built devices.
The Pixel Slate boasts a 12.3-inch Molecular Display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels. This high-resolution display delivers sharp visuals and vibrant colors, enhancing the overall viewing experience for both models.
m3 Variant: Powered by the Intel m3 processor, this variant is designed for everyday tasks, providing a balance between performance and efficiency. It is well-suited for web browsing, document editing, and multimedia consumption.
Core i5 Variant: With the Core i5 processor, the Pixel Slate delivers a significant boost in performance. This variant is ideal for users with more demanding tasks, such as photo editing, multitasking, and light gaming.
RAM and Storage:
m3 Variant: Comes with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, offering ample space for multitasking and storing files.
Core i5 Variant: Provides a configuration with 8GB of RAM and a larger 128GB SSD, catering to users who require more storage capacity and faster data access.
Both variants run on Chrome OS, ensuring a seamless integration with Google’s suite of productivity tools and access to a wide range of apps from the Chrome Web Store. The Pixel Slate transforms into a laptop with a detachable keyboard for added versatility.
Connectivity and Ports:
Both variants come equipped with USB-C ports for charging, data transfer, and connecting peripherals. The Pixel Slate also supports Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
Google promises all-day battery life for the Pixel Slate, making it suitable for users on the go. The m3 variant tends to have slightly longer battery life due to its lower power consumption compared to the Core i5.
Keyboard and Pen Input:
The Pixel Slate supports the Pixel Slate Keyboard and Pixelbook Pen, enhancing productivity and creativity. The keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience, and the stylus allows for precise input and drawing.
- Great Audio
- Elegant Design
- Sharp, Vibrant Screen
- Nearly 10 Hours of Battery Life
- Chrome OS Still a Work in Progress
- Buggy Bluetooth Problems
- Keyboard Adds Heft
- Height: 7.0mm
- Length: 290.85mm
- Width: 202.04mm
- 1.6 pounds
- New molecular Display(TM) 12.3″ LCD 3000×2000
- Touchscreen display that supports Pixelbook Pen support
- Powered by 8th Generation Intel(r) Core(tm) M3, i5 or i7 processor and Intel(r) Celeron(r) processor
- The options include 4GB 8GB, 4GB, or 16GB
- The options include 32GB or 64GB, 128GB or 128GB, 256GB, or 32GB.
- For up to 12 hours of usage 148 Whir battery
- USB-C(TM) 45W charger (5V/3A 9V/3A, 10V/3A, 20V/2.25A) that also is compatible with Pixel phones.
- Fast charging: up To 2 Hours in just 15 minutes 2
- The adaptor included also works with Pixel phones
- Anodized aluminum body
- Corning R Gorilla R Glass 5
- Midnight Blue
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO
- Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
- Bluetooth(r) 4.2
- Two front-firing speakers to provide better surround sound
- Two mics for enhanced noise cancellation
- Camera in front
- Duo Cam optimized for video calls
- 8MP, f/1.9 aperture 1.4um pixels, large field of view 1080p video at 30fps
- Rear Camera 8MP. f/1.8 aperture 1.12um size of the pixel,
- Auto Focus, 1080p video at 30 frames per second
- Antenna Proximity Sensors 5
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Magnetic Sensor
- Two USB-C ports for charging as well as 4K display output, and more data transfer speed.
- 3Connector accessory for Pixel Slate Keyboard.
- No pairing or charging is required.
Pixel Imprint(TM) fingerprint sensor on power button dedicated microcontroller
Titan(TM) Security chip C to improve device security
Operating System Chrome OS
- The battery’s performance is based on the combination of standby, browsing, and another usage.
- Charge time is dependent on whether the battery is or below five percent recharged, the device is not in use and the charger included. Actual results can vary.
- Charging speed and performance could vary based on the device.
- USB Type C and USB-C both are registered trademarks of the USB Implementers Forum.
- It is not available in the initial installation or at the time of publication.
- Not available in the initial installation or at the time of publication.