Rumors of Google’s first Chrome tablet have circulated in recent weeks. MySmartPrice posted several images of the device today, which show off the device using Chrome OS and a detachable keyboard. The site reports that it appears to have a 3:2 aspect ratio, comes with a pen, and features a pair of cameras, one in the front and the other at the back. It also features a USB-C port on the side, speakers on each side, and appears to be missing a headphone jack. Finally, MySmartPrice points to a pair of black sections on the back of the tablet, which they speculate could be for cellular connectivity.
Here’s something fun: There’s no sign of a headphone jack on Pixel Slate based on the renders that have leaked. 😁https://t.co/0O9FF3N0oH
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) October 6, 2018
Pictures of the detachable keyboard differ from the images that leaked back in September from bluetooth keyboard manufacturer Brydge, which showed off a detachable keyboard with square keys and which connected to the tablet via Bluetooth. However, it’s possible that Brydge’s keyboard could be a mockup or third-party device, rather than one made by Google. This new set of images show off a keyboard with circular keys (which matches a short video from Chrome Unboxed from last month) that has a physical connector, and which features a dedicated Google Assistant key.
In a separate leak, a tipster sent ChromeUnboxed (via 9to5Google) an image of the blue pen that appears in MySmartPrice’s report, which reportedly came from Google’s UK storefront as a recommendation alongside the existing white and silver models.
The convertible tablet appears to be aimed Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. The device is rumored to come in several configurations, with up to 16GB of RAM and an Intel i7 processor, and might come with a fingerprint sensor.
Google’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at 11AM ET, where it’s expected to unveil the Pixel 3 phones and charging stand, the Slate tablet, the Google Home Hub, updates to the Pixelbook, Chromecast, and more, most of which has already been leaked.