Google unveils new iPad knockoff

“Google is finally ready to get back into tablets, only this time it’s with an operating system that’s up to the task. The Google Pixel Slate it announced today will run Chrome OS, which has matured enough over the past few years to work better on tablets.,” Dieter Bohn reports for The Verge. “The Pixel Slate starts at $599, runs up to $1,699, and asks you to pay extra for a keyboard. It’s more expensive than most tablets because it essentially has the guts of a computer, including an Intel processor.”

“It has been clear for some time that Android can’t really compete on tablets,” Bohn reports. “So Google considers the Pixel Slate a fresh start, the beginning of the next big push for Chrome OS where it will be more than a platform used in schools and by enthusiasts. It signals that Google is finally getting serious about taking on both Windows and the iPad.”

Google Pixel Slate
Google Pixel Slate

“It’s a 12.3-inch panel surrounded by fairly slim bezels, with an easy-to-remember resolution of 2000 x 3000 pixels,” Bohn reports. “The base model is $599, and for that you’ll get an 8th Gen Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and a measly 32GB of storage. People who want to use the Pixel Slate for productivity will probably want to spring for the $999 option, which gets you a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Google’s latest Apple wannabe.

Get a real iPad.

Again, people of even moderate intelligence don’t willingly slip Google spy devices into their backpacks, pockets, purses, vehicles, or homes.

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    1. This really doesn’t make much sense. ChromeOS gained popularity on very low cost “Chromebook” laptops. Now Google expects people to pay two or three times as much for ChromeOS on a tablet? A tablet running a Celeron processor (even if it is “8th generation)?

      If people are going to spend $599 to $999 on a non-Apple mobile computing platform, then there are many other more compelling options. Besides the plethora of cheap Windows laptops, there is the Microsoft Surface, which has evolved to become a decent device based on what I have heard. Don’t get me wrong – I am not promoting the Surface. In this context, however, the Microsoft Surface seems to make a lot more sense than the new Chrome tablet by Google.

      Given the stream of disappointing products released by Google, you would think that people would get a clue that Google is not necessarily the font of innovation excellence that is often claimed – certainly not in the area of hardware.

    1. ChromeOS has its roots in the browser and is Google’s ‘answer’ to an affordable, quickly booting desktop interfaced device. Apps are generally Webkit compatible HTML5 based.

      AndroidOS has its roots in smartphones and other small screen devices primarily running Apps in a virtualized machine. Apps are generally written in Javabyte compatible code.

      1. Webkit compatible…I had forgotten that about ChromeOS. Yet another instance in which Google has capitalized on something that Apple provided. At least in this case, unlike Android, Apple did so voluntarily with Webkit.

  1. Yep. Calling a tablet a ‘Slate’ sounds just as ridiculous from Google as it did from Steve Balmer.

    Hey, Google’s showing themselves out of touch – whodda thunk it?

  2. For personal use I get out of a device in contrast to the price I paid, nothing has come close to the Fire 8 HD. I spend the majority of my off-time using it over anything else.

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