Google Announces Microsoft Surface Competition, Pixel C

Meet Google’s answer to the Microsoft Surface tablet, the Pixel C, announced at the Nexus event. The Pixel C is the first Android tablet made by Google, and because it runs on Android Marshmallow and not the Chrome OS, the Pixel product line isn’t exclusive to Chrome OS based products anymore.

However, the different operating system did not stop the Pixel C from bearing similarities to the Chromebook Pixel with the aluminium shell and sleek design it bears. The device is very slim at 7mm and also very light. It features a 10.2-inch display with a 2560 x 1800 resolution (308 pixels per inch).

Google Pixel C device
The Pixel C is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra X1 chipset with 3GB of RAM. And just like the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, the Pixel C has a USB Type-C connector, which is a tiny new reversible USB format that can be used to transfer data between devices as well as charge them.

The ‘C’ in Pixel C stands for ‘convertible’, and the reason is because it comes with an optional keyboard that attaches itself to the tablet via a magnetic latch. The keyboard has its own battery and is linked to the Pixel C via Bluetooth. It also inductively charges when the tablet is folded. And according to Google, if you forget to fold it, the keyboard will still go ahead to last for over two months before it needs to be charged again.

It doesn’t end there though. The back of this device bares the Pixel logo (which is a straight line with Google colors), and double-tapping this logo lights up some parts of the logo, thereby showing the remaining battery power left on the device. Other than the interesting logo at the back of the Pixel C, there is an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel camera rests in front.

Google has said that the Pixel C and its keyboard will be available in time for the holidays. So if you’re looking forward to this device, you might want to gather up $499 and get yourself a Christmas present. And if you wouldn’t mind that gorgeous keyboard, you should be willing to save up an additional $149.

More information about the Pixel C would be released by Google in the coming months.

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