Google introduces the Android-powered Pixel C [with hands-on]

So looks like the leak yesterday turned out true.  Today, along with a handful of other exciting devices, Google announced the Pixel C – an Android-powered Pixel-branded tablet.

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So what’s so special about it?  Well, a lot actually.  Firstly, being a “Pixel” device, we have superb build quality.  It’s wrapped with an all-metal aluminum chassis.

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From certain angles, the Pixel C will be familiar to Microsoft Surface users, and that’s not a bad thing.  We’re looking at a modest 10.2″ sized display, which is said to be considerably bright, capable of 500 nits.  The resolution is at a fantastic 2560×1800 (308ppi).

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Running the show is Nvidia’s latest SoC – the quad-core X1 with Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM.  You’ll have the option for 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage.  The latest USB Type-C standard is also incorporated, along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow

But the real fancy part comes in with the keyboard attachment.

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The build is just as thought-out as the Pixel C and attaches seamlessly via a very strong magnetic (you have to slide the tablet off the keyboard to separate them).  The keyboard is chiclet style and has a kickstand mechanism for the tablet, which you can adjust from 100 to 135 degrees.

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While the keyboard accessory is said to last 2 months on a full charge, it can also charge inductively through the tablet when they’re attached.

The Pixel C has a couple more neat tricks.  The Pixel light bar isn’t just for show.  When you double tap it, you’ll get a battery indicator.  Also, there are 4 mics to make sure you make the most from video chatting, and they’re said to work across the room.

Being that this tablet is a “Pixel” device, you may be worried to hear about the price.  Fortunately, it isn’t as exorbitant as previous Pixel devices.  The Pixel C will start at $499 for 32GB and $599 for the 64GB of storage.  The keyboard accessory will be priced at $149.  As far as availability, Google said that the Pixel C will arrive in time for the holidays.

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Are you gonna keep your eye on the Pixel C, or is it still too expensive?

*A special thanks to our own Derrick Miyao for attending the Google event and getting us a hands-on look.

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