Last year Google released their new tablet, the Pixel Slate, running ChromeOS. Unfortunately for Australians it has not been released here and there is no easy way to get one here. Early on Kogan listed it on their website but it just said coming soon but today that has been updated to available now, shipping in 1-2 weeks.
Kogan now have the m3, i5 and i7 versions available for purchase with the Celeron version and keyboard still “Coming Soon”. The prices, without delivery cost, are as follows:
- Google Pixel Slate: m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD in Midnight Blue — $1,499
- Google Pixel Slate: i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD in Midnight Blue — $1,799
- Google Pixel Slate: i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Midnight Blue — $2,749
At this stage the keyboard is not available unfortunately so you would be paying for a tablet only. If you have a portable Bluetooth keyboard then you are set.
While the Pixel Slate has received mixed reviews around the blogosphere it is still a Made By Google premium device that will most likely continue to see improvements and updates with its UX in the coming years. As such it is a device worth considering if you are after a ChromeOS device but at that price for ChromeOS it is a tough sell when you can buy other OS laptops with greater functionality for that price.
Anyway, if you have been waiting for “local” availability of a Pixel Slate before purchasing now could be the time to act. Head on over to the Kogan website to check out all the Pixel Slate variants available.