It seems like to compete with Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, Google took the step in launching its own tablet. Although Google has had its Nexus line of tablet devices for a while now, this is the first machine to be built by Google rather than one of its OEMs, and which it becomes resulting the first to use the Pixel moniker previously reversed for the company’s Chrome OS machine.
Dubbed the Pixel C, the hardware has a 10.2-inch display and looks similar to what a Pixel device is. Made of aluminum and with a decidedly sturdy aesthetic, the tablet is a nice gadget kit to look at. With 3GB of RAM and an NVIDIA X1 64-bit processor, the software it runs on just Android 6.0, meaning there are no special tablet customizations to make use of that big screen.
The premium hybrid-tablet built-in house just like the Chromebook Pixel, with a keyboard accessory that attaches via fricking’ magnets. Much like iPad Pro, Pixel C seems like an experiement to see just how far you can take advantage of mobile OS into productivity territory typically handled by desktop platforms. Admitted that Google has made some surprising usability mistakes with the Pixel C, and Android just isn’t cut out for productivity as much as Chrome OS or Windows yet.
The Pixel C is more directly comparable to the Surface 3, which starts at the same price and weighs slightly more (1.37 pounds). Google is also shipping a $149 Bluetooth keyboard that can be used alongside the Pixel C. Attachable to the tablet via strong magnets and a hinge that may take some getting used to. Those darn magnets are even an issue when the Pixel C is closed over its keyboard. You can attatch and then folded over the tablet like a cover, the keyboard will be wirelessly charged by the Pixel C.
Beyond its keyboard accessory (costs an additional $149), the Pixel C is a relatively nondescript Android tablet. The lack of any sort of split-screen multitasking is a shame, particularly when even iOS and Samsung’s smartphones are capable of such a thing. In addition to the smooth metal case, it has polished chamfered metal edges, stereo speakers and a USB Type-C port for charging maks this considerable. Expect to see more tablets adopt USB-C charging over the next year.
- 10.2-inch (2560 x 1800 pixels) 500 nits 16:9 display at 308 PPI
- NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU
- 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal storage
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Cameras : 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.1 + HS, USB Type-C
- Tablet dimensions – 242 x 179 x 7 mm ; Weight – 517 grams
- 34.2 Wh Battery ; 15W USB Type-C adapter
- Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Hall Effect Sensor
If the Pixel C is your choice, you can pick a 32GB model up for $499 or a 64GB model for $599 – both of which are available to buy now from the Google Store.