Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 are two of the most popular premium Android smartphones out there right now. The latest Pixels were Google’s first foray into hardware manufacturing and they helped the company establish itself as a major player in the tech world. Google’s new Pixel 3 lineup, which includes the Google Pixel Slate M3, is expected to follow suit when it comes to launching its own tablet in 2019. Read on for our complete Google Pixel Slate M3 guide detailed below.
What is the Google Pixel Slate M3?
Google Pixel Slate M3 is the company’s latest take on a 2-in-1 convertible tablet. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, features Android 9.0 out of the box, and comes with a couple of useful software features baked in. The Google Pixel Slate M3 is a very similar device to the Google Pixel 3a, which was launched in India back in May. The only real difference between the two is that the Pixel Slate M3 is designed to be used exclusively as a tablet and comes with a more affordable price tag. However, the Pixel Slate M3 doesn’t come with a detachable keyboard as the Pixel 3a does. But, it’s still a very capable productivity machine thanks to the Chrome OS and Android hybrid nature. You can use it as a full-fledged Android tablet and use Android apps, while also accessing the many productivity-friendly features that come with the Chrome OS. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the Google Pixel Slate M3, you’ll be happy to know that it’s now available to purchase in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Google Pixel Slate M3 specifications
– Processor: Snapdragon 835 SoC, clock speed unknown – RAM: 4GB – Storage: 64 or 128GB – Battery: 7500mAh capacity – Rear camera: 12MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4 micron pixels, dual-tone LED flash, autofocus – Front camera: 8MP, f/2.4 aperture – OS: Android 9.0 – Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz + Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, 2G/3G/4G, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi Direct
Google Pixel Slate M3 release date and price
The Google Pixel Slate M3 is available now at the following prices in the US, Canada, and the UK. – Google Pixel Slate M3 base model – $599 (roughly Rs. 49,000) – Google Pixel Slate M3 model with 64GB of storage – $699 (roughly Rs. 59,000) – Google Pixel Slate M3 model with 128GB of storage – $799 (roughly Rs. 73,000) – The Google Pixel Slate M3 is also available in India at a price of Rs. 59,999 for the base model and Rs. 73,999 for the Plus model. – Since the Pixel Slate M3 is not yet available in India, we don’t know the exact price in that country. But, we’re assuming it will be somewhere around Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 80,000.
Google Pixel Slate M3 design and display
As mentioned above, the Google Pixel Slate M3 is pretty much the same device as the Google Pixel 3a. And, while it’s a great device in its own right, the Pixel Slate M3 has one important advantage over the Pixel 3a — its price. The Google Pixel Slate M3 features a 7th Gen (Qualcomm SD835) processor, which is Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip for flagship smartphones and tablets. It also comes with a 7500mAh battery, which is more than enough to power the Pixel Slate M3 for a couple of days. The device is just 6.97mm thick and weighs 408g. It is available in two colour variants — Clearly White and Just Black. The Google Pixel Slate M3 features a 12.3-inch FHD IPS display with a 2:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,160×1,440 pixels. The device’s display offers ample brightness and is optimal for using it outdoors.
Google Pixel Slate M3 software: Android 9.0 and more
Google Pixel Slate M3 runs Android 9.0 out of the box. You’ll also get the latest stable version of Chrome OS, which is version 66. From a hardware perspective, the Pixel Slate M3 ships with Android 9.0 out of the box, but it will receive an upgrade to the newer Android 9.1 Pie update soon after launch. When it comes to software features, the Google Pixel Slate M3 features a few unique features that are worth mentioning. First, it comes with a new mode called Active Edge which is similar to the Fingerprint sensor on the iPhone. The Mode lets you quickly launch various options (apps, windows, etc.) with a squeeze of the Active Edge. Also, you can also double press the Active Edge to directly open Google Assistant. To further enhance the productivity of the device, the Pixel Slate M3 comes with a couple of software features that are designed for Chrome OS users. – Split View mode for apps on the Pixel Slate M3 lets you use two apps at once. This is supported across both Android and Chrome OS, and it works seamlessly on the Pixel Slate M3. – Also, there’s a new Chrome OS feature called Tasks. Tasks are like Reminders, except they are powered by Google Calendar. – You can create tasks on your calendar, which will appear on your Chrome OS computer as reminders. You can then quickly get to your calendar, check off the tasks, and mark them as done.
Google Pixel Slate M3 audio quality and microphone
The Google Pixel Slate M3 features a single speaker that is tuned to deliver quality audio without a hint of lag. Also, the Pixel Slate M3 has a single microphone that is tuned to deliver clear audio calls. Overall, the Google Pixel Slate M3’s audio quality is on par with most other mid-range laptops and tablets on the market. And, the microphone is powerful enough to deliver clear calls on both Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
Google Pixel Slate M3 battery life and charging
The Pixel Slate M3 features a large 7500mAh battery, which is more than enough to power the device for a couple of days. Google says that the Pixel Slate M3 can last up to 12 hours on a single charge. We’d say that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s still above average. The Google Pixel Slate M3 comes with a charging dock that supports USB-C and supports fast charging. This means you can quickly charge the Pixel Slate M3 with the included charging dock, which also comes with a USB-C cable.
The Google Pixel Slate M3 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip, Android 9.0 Pie, and comes with a large battery, a crisp display, and great audio quality. It also comes with a few useful software features, such as Split View mode for apps, Tasks, and Active Edge. The Pixel Slate M3 is a great device and it’s available now at a price tag that’s much lower than the pricing of the Google Pixel 3a.