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After spending far too much time being coy about when buyers would be able to get their hands on the Chrome OS-based Pixel Slate tablet, Google has finally put the device up for preorder.
What Is the Pixel Slate?
The Pixel Slate is a high-end tablet from Google that runs Chrome OS. It comes in five different configurations with everything from a basic Intel Celeron processor, up to a high-end model with the latest Intel Core i7.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the five models on offer:
- $599 – Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
- $699 – Intel Celeron processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB storage
- $799 – Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB storage
- $999 – Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
- $1599 – Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB storage
A key thing to point out is that, like Microsoft’s Surface line, the keyboard isn’t included with any of the models. Instead, it’s available as an almost necessary accessory for $199, so buyers should plan on adding that to their initial investment if they want to make the most of their purchase.
Also, buyers who want to take advantage of the writing features will need to purchase the $99 Pixelbook Pen, further increasing the total barrier to entry.
When Will the Pixel Slate Ship?
As mentioned from the onset, the device is available for preorder, which means buyers won’t receive one right away.
Fortunately, the wait isn’t too bad, Google says the Pixel Slate will ship in two or three weeks. Best Buy says preorders will receive free shipping and that the device will arrive on November 22. This means it’ll be ready to go in time for the holiday shopping season.
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