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Google Debuts New Chrome OS Pixel Slate

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Oct 9, 2018, 10:49 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google today announced a slate-style, Chrome-based machine for productivity. Google says the Pixel Slate has a custom display and dual front-firing speakers for stereo sound. Custom audio algorithms create crisp highs and powerful lows. Google will give people a free three-month subscription to YouTube TV with their purchase of the Pixel Slate. The computer has 8-megapixel front and rear cameras that include tools such as portrait mode and a wide-angle lens on front for video chats. The Slate runs an all-new version of Chrome OS. The UI more closely resembles Android and is easy to use by hand. It is capable of running full-powered Linux and Android apps. The OS customizes the UI based on preferences and usage patterns, surfacing apps people are likely to open. Google Assistant is more deeply integrated in Chrome OS and can be used to search for restaurants or dictate emails. The Slate includes Family Link, Google's parental feature for controlling usage around the home. Virus protection is built in and the Pixel Slate includes automatic security updates. Google created a dedicated keyboard for the Pixel Slate. The Slate powers the keyboard via connector rather than Bluetooth. The folio-style keyboard features rounded, backlit buttons and a trackpad and can adjusted to any angle. Google's G Suite productivity tools are baked into the platform, as well as the full version of the Chrome browser with support for extension. The base model costs $599, while the keyboard costs $199 and the stylus costs $99. Google says all three will be available later this year.

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