The hardware just keeps coming at Google’s Pixel event in NYC today, and it’s not just new Pixel phones. Google also has some Pixel tablet hardware, with a whole new device called the Pixel Slate. It’s a detachable 2-in-1 Chrome OS device that walks the line between laptop and tablet, much like Microsoft’s Surface Pro hybrids.

Rather than use a kickstand on the back, however, the Pixel Slate is designed to work with a cover that looks a lot like Apple’s smart keyboard cover for the iPad. It folds up into a tablet cover when you put it away, but a fold-out keyboard and fabric stand prop it up to work like a laptop when you’re sitting down.

The Pixel Slate runs Chrome OS, which has slowly become more touch-friendly over the last two years. Chrome OS still isn’t a “full” operating system in the sense of Windows or macOS, but thanks to its ability to run Android apps, most functionality is within reach. The Android apps also translate well to a touch UI, for obvious reasons.

With the release of the Pixel Slate, Google has also redesigned Chrome OS a little to make it even more touch-friendly. There’s an app launcher on the home screen that looks like it’s been stolen directly from Android, a split-screen setup for multitasking, and a new task bar along the bottom. Always-on Google Assistant support blurs the line between Android and Chrome OS a little more as well.

In terms of physical design, the Pixel Slate is much closer to an iPad than a Microsoft Surface. It’s passively cooled, with no loud fan, and a has a particularly high-resolution display on the front. Google said that the Pixel Slate was designed to be a tablet first, and it sure looks that way based on the design.

Beyond just the display, there’s also stereo speakers placed on the front, and dual 8MP front-facing and rear-facing cameras. The side-mounted power button also works as a fingerprint sensor, which is a neat touch.

Pricing starts at $599 for the base version, while the Pixel Slate keyboard is an extra $199. There’s no set release date right now, but Google does say that it’ll launch this year.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.