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With a rumoured launch planned for this week, the excitement for the Google Pixel C tablet is mounting. The tablet is already in the hands of Googlers, as seen when head of Google’s Chrome, Android and Chromecast business, Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted a pic of the tablet last week – so it looks like at least one person with the tablet has run the device through its paces on benchmarking sites GFXBench and Geekbench.

Heading past benchmarking sites we get an idea of their performance, but also of some details of the hardware that Google had not yet shared. On Geekbench we can see that the tablet’s Nvidia Tegra X1 processor scored a decent single-core score of 1395 and multi-core score of 4345 – the Nexus 9 (which runs a previous gen Tegra K1 processor) scores a single-core score of 1933 and a multi-core score of 3373 for comparison.

As well as a comparison point, the benchmark sites also give us a closer look at the specs on the tablet, with the GFXBench giving us a pretty complete spec listing, which includes:

  • 10.1″ Display with 2560×1800 resolution (almost 310ppi)
  • octa core CPU @1.9GHz – SoC: NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 (4xCortex A57 + 4xCortex A53 – ARMv8 big.LITTLE) (Also confirmed on the Geekbench listing)
  • 2.7GB RAM (Also confirmed by the Geekbench listing)
  • 53 GB storage – obviously the 64GB model, but the tablet will also be available with 32GB storage
  • Camera:
    • Rear: 7MP (3280 x 2460) with FHD video capture, autofocus, flash and touch focus
    • Front: 2MP (1920 x 1080) with FHD video capture
  • Sensors: accelerometer, bluetooth, compass, gyroscope, lightsensor, proximity

The tablet is listed on both sites running Android 6.0.1 – which we also know from the launch event in September will be bolstered by updates every 6-weeks.

The Pixel C will be sold in the US for US$499 for the 32GB model and US$599 for the 64GB model, with the keyboard attachment to be listed as an additional accessory for US$149.

The availability for the Pixel C hasn’t been announced yet, but a previous rumour has pointed to Thursday this week as the release date, though Google did promise that the Pixel C would go on-sale in the Google store by ‘The Holidays’. We are crossing our fingers that the tablet will be available here when it finally does launch, but Google has so far been quiet on international availability.

Source: GFXBenchGeekbench.
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Alex Aumann

I find myself often using my Nexus 9 instead of my desktop PC, but for some tasks, it’s slow.

The Pixel C has a multi-core score of 4345 vs the Nexus 9’s multi-core score of 3373. 28% is an improvement, but not enough to justify an upgrade. The Nexus 9 has an experience similar to that of a PC, I was hoping that the Pixel C would have enough “horsepower” to provide similar response times to a PC.