Google Pixel Slate vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Is the Pixel Slate just a Surface Pro 6 knockoff?


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    With Google recently releasing its Pixel Slate tablet, there’s plenty to wonder on how it stacks up against the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. From the design, keyboards, or operating systems, there is a lot that is initially similar---but also different--- between the two.
    In this side by side comparison piece, we stack the two newest tablets against each other helping you decide which one is best for you.
    Google’s Pixel Slate is thin and light, crafted with rounded corners and coming in at 1.6 pounds. The Surface Pro 6 keeps a similar simplistic design but is slightly heavier at 1.7 pounds without the keyboard.
    Though it feels solid, durable and is easy to grab as a tablet, we weren't exactly a fan of the overall design of the Google Pixel Slate. Compared to the Surface, it is still a bit too drab and only comes in one Midnight Blue color and aluminum material, not fitting in with Google's other hardware like the Pixel 3.
    Just as with the iPad Pro, the other key differentiating element between the two devices is the kickstand. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 has a fully articulating kickstand with movement up to 165 degrees, but the Google Pixel Slate depends on its keyboard cover to stay propped up. In both cases, the keyboard is separate, $199 for the Pixel Slate, and $159 with the Surface Pro 6. We still found the folio keyboard on the Pixel Slate as innovative, since it emulates the feel of a real kickstand and allowed us to change the angle of the screen with just one hand.
    Finally, with the display, both Google and Microsoft are packing in plenty of pixels for an impressive viewing experience. Google promises that you’ll get a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 with the 12.3-inch display on board the Pixel Slate, adding up to 293 PPI. The same size screen on the Surface Pro 6, though, gets you 2,736 x 1,824 resolution, for 267 PPI.
    Both are at a 3:2 aspect ratio, but Google is packing more pixels, a cooler tint, and a sharper image with the Pixel Slate screen. We found it was perfect for watching movies, especially since brightness maxes out beyond 400 nits.
    All similarities between the Pixel Slate and the Surface Pro 6 end with the performance, specs, and operating systems. Google’s Pixel Slate is powered by Chrome OS 70 which now looks a lot like Android and makes it feel like an awesome tablet. The Surface Pro 6, on the other hand, is powered by Windows 10 and comes in different processor and RAM configurations for better laptop experience and performance across the OS.
    The entry-level $599 Pixel Slate comes with an Intel Celeron Processor, with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. That sounds great, but in the long term, those specs might not hold up and the processor will slow you. On the other side, the entry-level $899 Surface Pro 6 starts with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage. Picking those same specs on the Pixel State would cost you $999, so it’s obvious that the Surface Pro 6 wins here for the price.
    We reviewed the Google Pixel Slate with the dual-core Core i5-8200Y processor and found it was fast enough for most tasks we threw at it, including playing a wide range of Android games. Chrome OS is lighter than Windows, and web browsing with fifteen or twenty tabs open was not an issue. We still think that you'll eventually hit a multi-tasking wall with the Slate, and for the price, a Surface Pro 6 with a quad-core processor is definitely the better performer.
    Pricing aside, Google does look to get a lot done with Chrome OS on the Pixel Slate, mainly since you get two operating systems (a web browser and tablet mode) on one device. With features like the Google Play Store and Split Screen, we found that it has high ambitions to resurrect the Android tablet. Unfortunately, not all Android apps are optimized for the Pixel Slate experience, but it still comes a far way and places it ahead of what Microsoft has done with tablet mode on Windows 10 with the Surface Pro 6.
    Read more: www.digitaltrends.com/computing/google-pixel-slate-vs-microsoft-surface-pro-6/
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Terry Shaw
Terry Shaw

Is it just me or is every tablet-top device "nearly" great. Do they purposefully leave things like a certain software or usb-c out to piss people off on purpose or what is the motive? They obviously know about these especially in surface's case they put usb-c in the surface go.

Vor 6 Tage
Mohamed Ahmed
Mohamed Ahmed

I don't like comparing windows to mobile os, both are great products but non-comparable.

Vor 15 Tage
Abdulai Bah
Abdulai Bah

The Surface Pro 6 doesn't need mobile apps. It's a fully functional Windows computer.

Vor 15 Tage
Jose Martin Lopez Neri
Jose Martin Lopez Neri

How serious is the integration of Android apps in pixel slate ? I mean, let's say I install an app that uses a camera , like , Skype or hangouts or something like that, would it detect my camera on the slate ?

Vor 17 Tage
Gabriel Harfield Pinheiro
Gabriel Harfield Pinheiro

Perfect analysis: the Slate really seems to be somewhere between an iPad an a Surface Pro. It’s a better laptop than an iPad, and a better tablet than a Surface Pro. We can than summarize this weird hybrid situation like this : Best tablet: 1/ iPad Pro 2/ Pixel Slate 3/ Surface Pro Best LapTop 1/ Surface Pro 2/ Pixel Slate 3/ iPad Pro Really hard to choose... I have a surface, I like it as a laptop but the tablet experience is clunky; I had an iPad, but I wasn’t able to fulfill all my day to day tasks on it... so, should I try the new Pixel Slate?

Vor 19 Tage
Mateusz Ptaszyński
Mateusz Ptaszyński

Surface is too desktop-y and ipad is to mobile-y, Pixel Slate is exactly in between, perfectly balanced

Vor 19 Tage
Yifei Ren
Yifei Ren

You are wrong. Surface pro 6 has. Install Microsoft launcher on your phone!

Vor 19 Tage
James Anderson
James Anderson

A knockoff of a device would not have a completely custom OS that has been worked on for years, based off of one of the leading products provided by the company providing the "knockoff". Your title is a load of bullshit.

Vor 19 Tage
Josh M
Josh M

Why no mention of Linux apps on ChromeOS using Crostini when you say you cannot use desktop apps?

Vor 19 Tage
Vall Ey
Vall Ey

Surface pro 6 with dual boot Android x86 or Remix, problem solved.

Vor 19 Tage
Maribeth Wester
Maribeth Wester

How come you guys NEVER mention the HP chromebook X2 as a competitor to the Slate?!! It COME WITH keyboard, pen, for just $500! I just got it, and it is fantastic - speakers ROCK, etc. Plus, Google HAS done tablets before.....

Vor 20 Tage
Ian Ackery
Ian Ackery

Yep me too! Fabulous device for the money - a true 2 in 1 for a bargain price.

Vor 19 Tage
Edward - Topic
Edward - Topic

Me: Yes a digital trends video [Enters] Also me: Reads video title [Back button]

Vor 20 Tage
Edward - Topic
Edward - Topic

+Digital Trends No, I have a distaste for Windows.

Vor 19 Tage
Digital Trends
Digital Trends

Edward - Topic what’s your poison? Do you just have a distaste for 2-in-1s?

Vor 19 Tage
Walter Maddox
Walter Maddox

The Surface gives you a dongle

Vor 20 Tage
Tresten Pool
Tresten Pool

Why does everyone who reviews a Chromebook fail to mention Linux apps now enabled out of the box!! The addition of Linux apps make it possible to run any Linux app you want. This makes it a true competitor to the surface pro

Vor 20 Tage
Justin Zhang
Justin Zhang

in Beta, also no GPU and other hardware support. Linux barely hangs with Windows in the consumer OS market. So a poorman's version of that would compete? I also have doubts in Google's commitment. Pixel slate seems to be rushed.

Vor 20 Tage
Jmpaul26
Jmpaul26

It all boils down to your use case. I won't dismiss the Pixel Slate, but having had an Asus ME400C, then Surface 3, and now SP5, while watching family members have android tablets, I can easily say that my preference has remained towards full Windows tablets. The Slate beats the iPad by having a full desktop browser, but the Surface already had that. The Play store is a better app library, but clearly the apps are still geared towards phones. Meanwhile high dev support for the App store keeps the iPad Pro more relevant than if it were under any other company. Overall, I believe the three leading tablets are all limited by software, one way or another. iPad Pro lacks cursor functionality despite all its touch-friendly and lite-version app support; Pixel Slate has said cursor support but lags in app support and is unable to run x86 programs to help compensate. The Surface is completely limited by dev support for apps and Windows 10's regressive touch experience. And honestly, if MS could figure out the touch experience, the lack of app support, as they hoped when they made W10 universal, wouldn't matter anymore. P.S. - Is it just me who hasn't had security issues with W10? What websites and e-mails are folks visiting that compromise their machines so badly?

Vor 20 Tage
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn

The pixel slate can also run Linux apps tho

Vor 17 Tage
Frederic Biondi
Frederic Biondi

Super boring format 😴

Vor 20 Tage
Loncey Bailey Green
Loncey Bailey Green

Me like & want:)

Vor 20 Tage
St. Batu
St. Batu

4:20 Tablet computers are an independent category of computers (with varying degree of laptop capabilities) but whose pricing are independent of whether or not they can replace your laptop... I think.

Vor 21 Tag
General Ivan
General Ivan

Does this support micro SD cards to expand on storage?

Vor 21 Tag
Go Head On Central
Go Head On Central

Samsung started the magnetic folio cases with the tab S3...nothing new.

Vor 21 Tag
Robert Manning
Robert Manning

This was supposed to be a vs, video but other than taking out the Surface Pro 6 they did very little compare.

Vor 21 Tag
David Harrison
David Harrison

All the actual comparison seems to be in the video description...

Vor 17 Tage
thelastmike
thelastmike

This notion of getting a 'more powerful' item like a Windows machine or even Mac is short sighted. You know why I wouldn't spend similar money on that more powerful machine? Because Chrome OS is a better OS. Is it as flexible? No. But within the scope of what it does it does it much better. And that scope is as large as most people will ever need. Windows and frankly even Mac could only dream about an updating system and security model so good as Chrome OS provides. Having used a Chromebook for the past several years as a secondary system and suggested them to several friends who I am defacto tech support for I can honestly say I've no interest in buying a Windows machine at all. The flexibility it offers I don't actually need and doubly so for the headaches. And yes I know Win 10 is the best Windows ever. Still doesn't hold a candle to Chrome OS for ease of maintenance or security. And apps. What are all these Windows apps everyone needs? High end pic or video editing or even music - sure. You know what - most people are not doing those things. As for Office - Google Docs et al do everything I need and my monthly payments are super low.

Vor 21 Tag
Ethan N
Ethan N

You have a good argument, but for most work cases, you will need a device running windows. The Adobe suite is very important for a lot of people, so are various other DESKTOP apps. For a student, Chromebooks are fine, since the Google suite is great for that work cases.

Vor 20 Tage
Ignacio Romero
Ignacio Romero

+xguy9 Do you know what else did Steve Jobs said? "You can't get your hand around it," he said, "no one's going to buy that." Refering to phones bigger than 4 inches

Vor 20 Tage
Ignacio Romero
Ignacio Romero

Chrome OS also has better hardware support than iOS. You can plug in a mouse, keyboard, a hard drive and even a printer. You can't plug in any of those thing on an iPad

Vor 20 Tage
thelastmike
thelastmike

+Lord of the Jungle That's definitely among the strengths here compared to ipad. I could hook this to my big-screen TV and play games using a bluetooth game controller without any issue probably. I'd be just a USB-C to HDMI dongle and a bluetooth controller and some emulator software away from partying in a hotel room like it's 1986 Nintendo time. And a pizza. It wouldn't be a party without pizza.

Vor 20 Tage
Lord of the Jungle
Lord of the Jungle

+thelastmike - the peripherals from Google will work on the slate btw

Vor 20 Tage
patrick archer
patrick archer

why does everyone not recommend the celeron processor? chrome OS is so light... other chromebooks ive used with celeron still fly... and are fine w/ 20 tabs open in chrome... no one will be doing anything that takes heavy processing power because of the limitations of the OS... smh

Vor 21 Tag
59seank
59seank

+Ignacio Romero I'm afraid ChromeOS is going to become as bloated as Windows 10. It's trying to be all things to all people (laptop, tablet, Android, Linux, TV). I hope I'm wrong.

Vor 20 Tage
Ignacio Romero
Ignacio Romero

Everyone thinks ChromeOS is just as bloated as Windows 10

Vor 20 Tage
Karl Young
Karl Young

+59seank Kinemaster is great for Chrome OS

Vor 20 Tage
59seank
59seank

+Karl Young Wow, 10 Chromebooks! I'm surprised you use a Chromebook to edit video. I just bought a Lenovo Chromebook S330 from Walmart for $129.00 (normally $250.00). It uses an ARM processor. It should arrive today, so it'll be interesting to see what it can do. I got it because of 1. It's so damn cheap! How can they produce a computer for that price?  2. I want a backup computer for when my HP fails. My HP is nearing End Of Life for Google OS support. I know some people need more processing power, but that's not my case or any of my family members. Celeron's are good processors for some people, but not everyone.

Vor 20 Tage
Karl Young
Karl Young

+59seank and I agree. But the point is that there IS a reason why there is a market for a higher end processor. I actually do edit videos on my chromebook. But I don't do it on a celeron processor. Look at the original post and then reply.

Vor 20 Tage
Axxess Mundi
Axxess Mundi

Lol google pixel better than Pro 6?

Vor 21 Tag
KentSpain85
KentSpain85

Made me laugh xD He talked about the processor and said it's 100 more than the SP6, and the processor isn't as good as it. Hmm... Seriously, Surface made tablet form factor PCs mainstream.

Vor 20 Tage
Kanmi George
Kanmi George

People like these shouldn't review chrome OS PRODUCTS!

Vor 21 Tag
Kanmi George
Kanmi George

Well if the point was made, then all is well. Typed all I did in a rage.

Vor 19 Tage
Erik Gayoso
Erik Gayoso

+Kanmi George while you may have had a point to make... It was lost in a sea of poor grammar, spelling and runon sentences.

Vor 20 Tage
Kanmi George
Kanmi George

+Digital Trends You both sounded like you didn't know anything or much about the product and nor the "OS" you were reviewing. People that don't use chrome OS on a day to day basis for all their computing needs don't seem to know much about the platform nor appreciate it's unique identify and capabilities. So therefore shouldn't be saying things that aren't true to the general audience that don't even know anything about the OS. Whereas we that we do and have solely used the platform since the very beginning know what's true and what false. The chrome OS community have been waiting for just this device in this specific form factor for years. Take the Ipad for instance, though it's the greatest table anyone can buy now the whole world know all about it's limitations plus it hasn't got a true desktop capacity as the slate does. Surphase Pro on the other hand hasn't got the app support as the slate either. The Pixel Slate is the best of all worlds! Your familiar apps when you need them, you 8th i7 desktop OS power when you need to do serious world. All that power in that super thin table that's in a completely modular form which also become just that when you just want to play around. Or like myself, when you just need to write on a thin spread with a pen or draw, it's got your back there as well. All you need do is plug it into a 4K monitor when you need real estate and there, it's a desktop workstation when you need that. What more could anyone still be asking for? Or just grad the keyboard (Brydge Keyboard though) when you are out and about maybe at a coffee shop and just need to get down to it. And when you're done, it's so thin and light you wouldn't even feel the weight in your beg. I won't go on and on though I could. What else is available for none video editing MAJORITY "normal folks" that's better than that? Your review didn't do the device any justice at all. I actually don't know why Google freely send their products to the likes of you people to review only to ignorantly spit undue and unreal negativity on them.... That puzzles me indeed. Stop seeing the device as just another table. It's a super versatile "Slate" with insane power (if you get the high end one as you should) that's capable of being your main computing device in all use cases and scenarios!

Vor 21 Tag
Digital Trends
Digital Trends

What are you trying to say Kanmi?

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