Google Pixel Slate vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft and Google have both unveiled new tablets in recent weeks, with Google’s Pixel Slate the newest arrival.

The tablet is called the future of Chrome OS by Google and features a thin and lightweight design.

It packs a high-resolution 12.3-inch screen, 8MP camera, and front-facing speakers for crisp sound. It is powered by Intel Celeron and Core processors, with varying amounts of RAM and storage available.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 device is designed in a similar way and can function in “tablet, studio, or laptop” modes, packs an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, and up to 16GB of RAM.

It runs Windows 10 and also features Intel UHD graphics – all for a starting price of $899.

Both devices are sold as high-end, powerful tablets that can function as laptops thanks to keyboard attachments.

Arguably the biggest difference, though, is the operating systems – Chrome OS versus Windows 10, and what each offers users.

It must also be noted that Microsoft will not officially sell the Surface Pro 6 in South Africa, while the Google Store does not list its hardware as available in South Africa.


The table below compares the specifications of the tablet PCs.

Tablet Comparison
Specifications Pixel Slate Surface Pro 6
OS Chrome OS Windows 10 Home
Display 12.3-inch 3,000 x 2,000 Molecular Display 12.3-inch PixelSense (2,736 x 1,824) Touch
CPU Intel Celeron, 8th-gen Core m3, Core i5, Core i7 Intel 8th-gen Core i5, Core i7
Graphics Embedded Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 2x USB-C USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack, Mini DisplayPort, MicroSDXC reader
Dimensions 290.9 x 202.0 x 7.0 mm (721g) 292 x 201 x 8.5 mm (792g)
Price (starting) $599 $899
Surface Pro 6
Surface Pro 6
Surface Pro 6
Surface Pro 6
Pixel Slate
Pixel Slate
Pixel Slate
Pixel Slate

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