We compare Google Pixel Slate and Google Pixelbook

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Fans of ChromeOS Google had not too many options when it comes to computer Premium, with the majority of the Chromebook focused on low-budgets. But now, devices top Google Pixel Slate and Pixelbook –starting at $600 and $1,000 dollars respectively– can offer exceptional features for the fans of ChromeOS looking for the best possible experience.

The Pixelbook from Google will be introduced in 2017, showing the world what it would look like a real Chromebook Premium if the price was not a limiting factor. The bet continues this year with the new Pixel Slate, and now both devices occupy the place of Chromebooks Premium. Is very good, yes: but what is the best choice for your daily life between these two machines?


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Both the Pixelbook as the Pixel Slate, teams are Premium made of aluminum, with durable glass Corning Gorilla Glass. As a tablet, the Pixel, that Slate has an aluminum back in midnight blue with a beautiful screen on its front. The Pixel Slate is presented as a laptop computer with an aluminum finish silver and a touch of white glass in his cap. While both devices are wrought with the same materials, their designs in general play very different roles.

The Pixelbook original follows the standard model of a laptop with keyboard, trackpad and screen built in. If you open the Pixelbook you’ll find the experience of laptop as many others have, although if you take the screen back you will see that account with a hinge 360 degrees. Able to be turned completely back, the screen Pixelbook creates an experience of their own tablet.

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For its part, the Pixel Slate is a tablet. In the box, the Pixel Slate does not include a keyboard or trackpad, but only a flat screen that should be controlled completely through the touch input. The new Pixel Slate Keyboard –sold separately– you can transform your experience when you add a cover keyboard with the missing components in order to improve your use when you need it to work.

As with most hybrid devices, these usually are better in some functions than in others. If you are looking for (or need) is a computer traditional laptop, the more likely it is that you feel more happy with the Pixelbook, but if you think that the future is in tablets, then the Pixel Slate might be for you.


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ChromeOS is a lightweight os which usually does not require a lot of power under the hood, with quite a few models of good budget that come packaged with a CPU Intel Celeron chord. However, the iconic machines of Google give you the option to up the quality with Intel Core processors pretty respectable and fast. Adds a good amount of RAM, and both devices will be ready to tackle the web without problems.

Google Pixelbook allows consumers to choose between a processor Intel Core i5 or i7 of the seventh generation, which –despite being now one generation obsolete– do not seem “old” to use the platform ChromeOS. Backed by 8GB or 16GB of RAM, the Pixelbook may be a year old, but their specifications should be to keep your users running for a good time in the future. In addition, the Pixelbook offers storage options quite large for a machine of its class, with options for SSD of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB available.

The Pixel Slate is less powerful in its basic configuration, due to its Intel Celeron processor, but gives buyers the option of upgrading to the latest 8 processors Intel Core m3, i5, or i7. The memory options will also begin a bit further down: 4GB. But users can increase that number to 8GB or 16GB for an extra fee. Depending on the model of Pixel Slate you buy, there are different storage options available, with the option Celeron low-end offers 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage, and up to 256GB in the variation Intel Core i7 processor.

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Both devices offer excellent entertainment experiences to screens of 12.3 inches and systems of horn dual. The new Pixel Slate offers a screen slightly improved, which Google called Molecular Display, and presents an enhanced sharpness of 293 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to the still respectable 235 PPI of Pixelbook. Both screens have a capacity of 400-nits brightness, provides touch screens that are compatible with the Pixelbook Pen Google, covering 72 percent of the NTSC color space.

Those looking for a selection of ports healthy will not find a lot more than some USB-C. The Pixelbook has two USB ports-C, a fingerprint sensor and a connector for earphones of 3.5 mm, while the Pixel Slate offers two USB ports-C and the accessory connector of the Keyboard Pixel Slate.

That’s right: the Slate does not have a headphone jack of 3.5 mm, and the users will have to rely on a wireless headset or an adapter USB-C cable to listen to your tunes.


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The Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate are designed for travel, are not machines designed to spend their lives on a desktop. Both devices have bodies of aluminum, which makes them sturdy while lightweight. Best of all is that both units have the same battery life nominal battery up to 10 hours on a single charge, with ability to be recharged quickly to two more hours of use in just 15 minutes.

The Pixelbook weighs 2.4 pounds and covers one-dimensional space of 11.4 inches long, 8.7 inches wide and 0.4 inches thick. In short, a package of clean and compact, ideal for nomadic digital that go from one side to another. In comparison, the new Pixel Slate weighs 1.6 pounds and covers an area of 11.45 inches, 7.95 inches wide and 0.27 inches thick. Of course, those who use it with their keyboard add other 1.1 pounds and 0.2 inches thick.

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Speaking of the Pixel, that Slate Keyboard, the users who choose to buy this accessory will be able to connect it easily via the Quick Snap Connector from Google, and not have to worry about recharging separately. Made of polyurethane, microfiber and glass, the keyboard of the Slate is a snap exceptional, but not cheap: $200.

For those who live live in the world of video calls and conferences, both units include microphones on-board noise-cancellation and front-facing cameras. The Pixelbook is limited by a web camera of 720p, whereas the Pixel Slate offers an 8MP 1080p, in addition to a rear camera of 8MP camera which also captures 1080p video.

Made for the web

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Chrome OS is a platform created to always be online. While Google proudly proclaimed that their devices can be used offline, and compose drafts of emails and documents from Google, the operating system shines when it is connected to the Internet. It must be said that Google is trying to make the whole process “always online” is more simple for the users of Pixelbook and Pixel Slate.

Devices like the recently announced smart phone Pixel 3 XL Google can be paired automatically with your Pixelbook or Pixel Slate for an anchor to LTE network when you do not have a WiFi connection available. This simple step makes the process of opening your computer Pixel at any location and have access to the Internet will be one more step towards perfection. Of course, you will need to bring with you the latest smart phone from Google, and not any Android device.

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Interestingly, a feature absent in two devices that require an Internet connection to shine is the LTE connectivity. While both machines have chipsets high speed WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, none of them offers the possibility of connecting to a cellular network on the move without the need of a smartphone to its side.

Pixel Slate is new, but the Pixelbook still responds well

The Pixel Slate of Google is the more device new. It is less expensive, has a hardware more modern and is –above all– a tablet.

This does not mean that the Pixelbook is already a piece irrelevant. The Pixel, that Slate is not a laptop and is not designed for that use as primary mode. Fans of Chrome OS that you prefer something more conventional, with a large keyboard and a larger screen, you still should prefer the Pixelbook.

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