Google unveiled its new Pixel phones today, as well as the Pixel Slate, a ChromeOS tablet/laptop device that’s basically a cross between an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro. Virtually everything from the event was leaked over the past few weeks, so there were few – if any – surprises. The new devices are certainly interesting, but Google continues its policy of not making these products available in most of the world, so there’s little for me to say about them – I have never seen them, let alone used them.
One thing that stood out to me about the Pixel Slate are its specifications – it runs on Intel processors, and in order to get a processor that isn’t a slow Celeron or m3, you need to shell out some big bucks. I don’t have particularly good experiences with Celeron or m3 processors, and even Intel’s mobile i5 chips have never really managed to impress me – hence why I opted for the i7 version of the latest Dell XPS 13 when I bought a new laptop a few weeks ago. In The Verge’s video, you can clearly see the user interface lagging all over the place, which seems like a terrible user experience to me, especially considering the price of $599 for the base Celeron model without a keyboard.
Time will tell if this machine is any good, but I am quite skeptical.