All the signs point in one direction. The days of the Google Chromebook as we know it are numbered. The three key announcements which support this prediction are:
Much of the design language of the new tablet comes from the Nest Hub Max device. Here are the specifications for that device.
It does not require a lot of imagination to see where this is going. For example, bump the specifications as follows.
The big question is what functions will the base bring to the table? It is easy to assume charging, speakers, and a USB C port. With a consumer focus, it is not inconceivable to envision the tablet being used as a gaming console. It has already been suggested the tablet will function as a Nest device. If a 12 inch "Pro" version is offered, accessories could include a keyboard portfolio case.
As well as this may sound, it won’t be enough to get back into the game. There will also need to be enough apps which run well in this environment to reach critical mass.
During a product early look, Rose Yao, Nest Product Manager, stated the tablet will run Android. I can still remember previous attempts to run Android on a tablet. That did not go well.