Google has a $499 hybrid in the Pixel C

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This holiday season, Google has a new tablet for you to consider. The Pixel C debuted earlier this year at Google I/O, surprising everyone by separating itself from the Nexus line. Google is positioning the Pixel C as a high-end tablet focused on productivity. While it’s not quite a laptop, the Pixel C is like Microsoft’s Surface and the very confused Apple iPad Pro. Utilizing a physical keyboard attachment is vital to get the most out of the Pixel C. Like Microsoft and Apple hope for with their premium tablets, Google says the Pixel C merges portability and productivity.

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This is far from any device Google has ever released when it comes to design, though it does resemble the two previous Pixel Chromebooks. The tablet, which comes is only silver, is made of anodized aluminum.

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The Pixel C is a beast on the inside while being one of the most attractive tablets ever released. Here’s the rundown on the tablet’s specifications:

  • 10.2-inch (2560×1800) display
  • NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor; Maxwell GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
  • 8MP / 2MP cameras
  • 34.2Wh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Although the battery is not being measured in milliamp hours, Google is saying the Pixel C should run for around ten hours before needing to be charged. And like the last Pixel and the recent Nexus devices, Google is using a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers.

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The two accessories made specifically for the Pixel are two physical keyboards, both of which cost $149 each. One is a keyboard that also includes a stand for positioning the tablet between 100 and 135 degrees. The other, a folio keyboard, wraps around the Pixel C for instant access. It offers protection in addition to enhanced productivity. The Pixel C attaches to either keyboard by a magnetic connection while communicating through Bluetooth. Unlike the keyboard folio that was made by HTC for the Nexus 9, the Pixel C’s charges automatically when closed with the tablet. Google wanted a silent charging method for the keyboards so that users never have to think about its battery life.

From the Google Store, the Pixel C starts at $499 for 32GB of internal storage. Upping that to 64GB raises the price tag to $599. Keep in mind that no physical keyboard is included, so the Pixel C is at least $648 to get started with in its proper setup. By comparison, the Surface 3 and iPad Pro start at $499 and $799, respectively.

Although this is the busiest time of the year to be shipping things, Google says that ordering today will guarantee that the Pixel C arrives on your doorstep in time for Christmas.

Source: Google


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.