Google’s Pixel C tablet is like a Chromebook that runs Android

Pixel C

Google’s conference just finished with a ton of new products and announcements being unveiled. One of them is the brand new Pixel C, which is a high-end tablet with optional Bluetooth keyboard attachment.

Up until now, the Pixel name has always been for Chromebooks running Chrome OS. This will be the first Android based system to be a part of the Pixel line up. It looks like Google is making the name Pixel similar to their Nexus line. Where Nexus is for phones and fun, Pixel products will be designed more for work and productivity.

What makes the Pixel C different from other tablets or Chromebooks is it combines the best of both worlds. It has a 10.2″ 308PPI touch display, a brightness level of 500nits, is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with Maxwell GPU, and has 3GB of RAM. Their are two different storage options, 32GB or 64GB. Of course, being the latest from Google, it will be running Android Marshmallow.

What makes this more than just your average tablet is the detachable keyboard. Very similar to the Microsoft Surface or the newly unveiled Apple iPad Pro, the Pixel C is ideally used with an optional $149 Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard is attached to the back of the Pixel C when it’s not in use and can be quickly magnetically docked for when you need to do a lot of typing. It also charges when it’s attached to the back and not in use. The Pixel C also features a new USB Type-C connector. Unlike most other cables, this one is reversible and can be used to charge the Pixel C or your new Nexus phone which uses the same cable.

Google says the Pixel C will be out in the coming months with a cost of $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB version. The keyboard needs to be purchased separately and is priced at $149.

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  • Jeroham Ortiz

    I think they forgot about the stylus. kinda important when even Apple admitted it to be relevant.

    • QwertyJuan

      Oh?? Maybe they decided to follow the words of Jesus Jobs??

      “Who wants a stylus?” Jobs asked. “You have to get them and put them away and you lose them. Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus.” Instead, Jobs said the iPhone would depend on the “best pointing device in the world,” the human finger.

    • Brent

      Technically Apple do not have a stylus. A stylus is just for hitting things on the screen where their pencil is much more accurate and is trying to replicate an actual pencil or pen. I assume the iPad pro is also more powerful with a more sensitive screen to account for the tiny changes with the pencil. The Pixel C is a bit closer to a Microsoft Surface. Doesn’t really need a stylus to function.

      • Guest

        LOL. No TECHNICALLY the “Pencil” is just

        a stylus. Like a wacom tablet or Surface pro stylus.

        • Brent

          lol ok fair enough, but I’m just saying it’s aimed at precision rather than just hitting things on the screen.