Thursday , August 17 2017

Google announce the Pixel C: A premium Android tablet

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Following yesterday’s rumor of a Pixel C device running Android, Google has officially announced the project just a few hours later. The Pixel C is Google built high-end Android tablet, billed as a re-imagining of the Android tablet to enhance the devices for consumption, play and productivity.

Pixel C

  • 10.2″ 1:squareroot aspect ratio like the ‘A’ series paper
  • 2560 x 1800 screen resolution @ 308 ppi
  • Full sized, magnetic, ‘inductivly’ charged (by the tablet itself) keyboard – similar to the Pixel 2
  • Anodized aluminum design
  • Nvidia Tegra X1 processor
  • USB Type-C
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Light Bar with intergrated tap to display battery level – like on the Pixel 2

That’s a fairly impressive list of specs, and with Google’s previous success in making fantastic Chromebook Pixel laptops, it will be interesting to see how well the Pixel C tablet stacks up in the Android space. Pricing for the Pixel C starts at US$499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model, with the keyboard accessoriy selling for US$149.

On stage they teased “expect to hear more about the Pixel C in the coming months” and in the press release they announced ‘the Pixel C will be available in time for the holidays on the Google Store’ – though this is expected to be US-only, at least to start with.

With tablets often searching for a reason to exist in a world of large phones and small laptops it’s interesting to see Google step into this market segment and put their spin on it. The Pixel line has thus far been not officially available in Australia, Chris is in the ground and we will be reporting back if we hear about official Australian availability.

Are you excited for a Google designed and built Android tablet? Let us know in the comments.

 

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

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David Jones
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I am a fan with Android Tablets with keyboards, in fact I currently have 3, all Samsung (with the Samsung Keyboard cases) – Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I almost bought the Nexus 9, but difficulty in getting it as a package with the keyboard and then seeing it in person, I decided to get the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 instead. Of all of them I’ve actually use the Note Pro 12.2 the most, but it is the one I have owned the longest. My biggest complaint is that not one of… Read more »
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Gotta give it to MS and the Surface. They made a form factor.
I sort of wish it was a Chromebook that can run Android Apps. I’m not convinced Android does Desktop all that well.

Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

I’ll second that, dual boot it and I’ll be in

ButterButter
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ButterButter

Feeling a little burnt by the Nexus 9. Will sit this one out.

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Ohh, looks nice! I might consider getting one of these.

virduk
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virduk

Seems nice to me. An actual decent android tablet. Its going to be a while before I need to replace my iPad Air2 though.

Fred
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Fred

I’m not seeing any reference to microSD slots etc for extra storage, they couldn’t be dumb enough to do a Nexus could they?

And that price is just that bit too high, particularly since they are doing a mickeysoft and not including the necessary keyboard.

Piers Porter
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Is that an SD card slot next to the USB-C port in the top-right picture?

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One of those Pixel C images looks remarkably like a Mac 😉

I’m not really feeling this device. What’s the point? I thought it might be to complete with the Surface Pro but it isn’t. I’d there still a market for a 10″ tablet?

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