In short: Google's long-rumored upcoming Chrome OS tablet will reportedly be sold as the Google Pixel Slate, tech journalist David Ruddock claims. The model designation is said to have been provided by a trustworthy source. In the meantime, factory images for the Pixel Slate have already been created and the search giant is expected to reveal the new gadget on October 9 at its annual hardware event.
Background: Although that designation isn't necessarily too exciting or inventive, it may be one of the final pieces to the puzzle in terms of Google's tablet-style Chrome OS device. Google is generally very good about keeping information about upcoming devices under wraps in the leadup to launch but this year has been somewhat different, with the device being spotted some time ago in the Chromium Gerrit under the codename Nocturne. That is, of course, in addition to leaked images which seem to have confirmed at least some suspicions about the device.
Breaking that information down, the Google Pixel Slate is expected to ship in a tablet format rather than a detachable one. So it will most likely be similar to the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 but with a much more premium build. For starters, leaked images of the device appear to show a fingerprint scanner along the top-left edge, slightly recessed into the body of the Pixel Slate. What's more, the commits surrounding the abovementioned codename point to a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution display that could be automatically dimmed and substantially brighter than other devices. Similarly, it will likely be much more powerful, with an expected minimum of 8GB RAM coupled with an unknown amount of NVMe solid-state storage backing up Intel's 8th-generation Kaby Lake processors. There may even be multiple variations of that to suit different needs and budgets but all of those will be fitted into a shell that's equipped with two USB Type-C slots if current speculation is to be believed.
Impact: Whether or not any of the information turns out to be accurate with regard to the Google Pixel Slate will be made clear soon enough. Regardless, the new Chrome OS device will be only the second portable computer running Google's operating system that's released in that particular format and the first unveiled by Google itself. That could help set a trend going forward if options are made available for equally premium Bluetooth keyboards, spurring the ecosystem's growth in an entirely new direction.