Google Announces Pixel C Tablet-Hitting Stores 4Q 2015

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Google had one last thing to show us after they unveiled the new Nexus phones and Chromecast devices today. That thing is the Pixel C Tablet. A distinct departure from the previous Pixel line of Chromebooks, the Pixel C is a 10.2 inch tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. One of the key features is the magnetic detachable keyboard, similar to the offerings from Microsoft with the Surface lineup. The keyboard aligns with the tablet with strong magnets whether it’s closed together for storage or open for use. Once the keyboard is attached you can swivel the screen between 100 and 135 degrees for various use cases. Google claims that the keyboard will last 2 months of active use with bluetooth pairing to the device.

The 10.2-inch screen has a 2560×1800 resolution, an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, as well as 3GB of RAM. The tablet has four microphones for cross-room audio pickup, and stereo speakers for audio output. Similar to the new Nexus devices, the Pixel C will also feature USB Type-C. Perhaps the biggest news here is the Google is promising software updates for the Pixel C every 6 weeks, something not even guaranteed to Nexus owners!

The Pixel C will be available around holiday season, priced at $499 for the 32GB storage model and $599 for the 64GB variant. The keyboard isn’t included either (of course), and will set you back a hefty $149 to get the full experience from the tablet. I definitely think this would make a fitting holiday gift, but it will also be an expensive one! Let us know if you’re interested in this new tablet offering from Google. Is it too expensive for the hardware included? Are frequent software updates worth the cost?

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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