New Nexus phones aren’t the only goodies that Google showed off today, because El Goog also showed off a new Android tablet. And no, contrary to what you may think, it’s not a Nexus device.
The Pixel C — the “C” stands for “Convertible” — is Google’s new Android 6.0 Marshmallow tablet and is also the first Pixel-branded device to run Android. The other two Pixel products are Chrome OS-powered laptops. Like those Pixel laptops, the Pixel C tablet is a super-high-end device, boasting a 10.2-inch 2560x1800 display and a quad-core NVIDIA X1 processor paired with a Maxwell GPU. It also offers 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, stereo speakers, and a USB Type-C connector.
Along with its specs, a major feature of the Pixel C is its keyboard attachment. The keyboard pairs over Bluetooth and connects to the Pixel C magnetically. Once connected, you can angle the Pixel C’s screen anywhere between 100 and 130 degrees, and Google says that the magnets are strong enough to hold the Pixel C in place even when held upside down. The keyboard can attach to the back of the Pixel C when not in use, and when you’re not using the Pixel C at all, you simply place it face down on the keyboard and it’ll charge the keyboard inductively.
The Google Pixel C will launch “in time for the holidays.” Pricing is set at $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB version, and the keyboard is an extra $149. Google is also promising software updates every six weeks.
There’s no question that the Pixel C looks like a premium product, and it’s definitely one of the best-looking pieces of hardware that Google has made. The Pixel C's price is right up there with some decent laptops, but if you're interested in a covertible device rather than a laptop that always has its keyboard attached, the Pixel C looks like it could be a worthwhile option.
What do you think of the Google Pixel C? Will you be buying one?