Microsoft Is Scared

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One of those surprises was the brand new Pixel C, a “convertible”, Android-powered tablet hybrid.

Google’s getting sneakier these days, there is no denying it. In the jam-packed event that happened on Tuesday, Google slapped up with some pretty nifty things, and some unexpected surprises.

One of those things was the brand new Pixel C, a “convertible”, Android-powered tablet hybrid.

Just like the Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C is being marketed as the premium device, which means it comes with a hefty price tag; it starts at $499 and the keyboard alone is $149.

Don’t let the name fool you though. Pixel C is not a Chromebook, despite even the optional keyboard. Pixel C is a lean, mean Android tablet machine.

This is a pretty big deal for a couple reasons, but first among them is the fact that this is the first Android tablet that Google made in-house with absolutely no outside hardware assistance. The second is that it will be powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

This is a pretty big deal for a couple reasons, but first among them is the fact that this is the first Android tablet that Google made in-house with absolutely no outside hardware assistance. The second is that it will be powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

So even though it’s not a Chromebook, it comes from the same team, which means that all the benchmarks are incredibly impressive. It’s by far one of the most powerful tablets to date, with a 10.2-inch display with an excellent screen resolution of 1,800 x 2,560, and a pixel density of 308 pixels per inch.

Under the hood it has Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chipset (one of the most powerful on the market), with a quad-core CPU and Maxwell GPU, and it’s been paired with 3GB of RAM.

Obviously everyone is comparing this to the Microsoft Surface Pro, and for good reason. There is a lot of similarities. But pretty importantly, the Pixel C comes up short because there is no trackpad, which can be a bit frustrating in your moments of hyperproductivity.

As of now, the only tablets we ever see in the workplace are iPads, and usually for designers, photographers, illustrators, etc. Google is clearly positioning the Pixel C to fill not just the Android void, but void in tablets for professionals altogether.

It’s new and shiny and flagship-y, so obviously it will also have a USB Type-C port. Apparently though, Google has been plotting this for a long time because there will be a slow change to unify and standardize both charging and IO.

The starting price of $499 is for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model. Although the availability and release dates aren’t official yet, apparently it will definitely arrive in time for the holidays.