Google launched its all-Google tablet, the Pixel C, at its Nexus event earlier this year, but the company never told us when the tablet would be released.
Well, everyone, that day is today. You can now head to the Google online store to buy your own Google-made, Android 6.0 tablet.
The tablet form factor is the latest attempt by tech companies to offer a portable laptop replacement. It offers a 10.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1800 and a pixel density of 308 ppi. It also has a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, along with a pretty hefty 3 GB of RAM and either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage.
As far as processing goes, the Pixel C uses a powerful Nvidia Tegra XI chip. For cameras, the Pixel C offers an 18-MP rear-facing camera and a 2-MP front-facing camera. Google also promises 10-plus hours of battery life. Google touts the full-size keyboard as “what really makes the Pixel C unique,” noting it is designed to fit perfectly with the tablet, attaching with magnets and automatically connecting via Bluetooth, but sells the keyboard for an additional $150.
Reviews for the tablet have started coming out, with most reviewers suggesting that the Pixel C is one of the best tablets yet. Until now, Google has relied on hardware from other companies, but this time around Google designed and built the Pixel C itself. It’s almost as if Google were telling companies that they’re not doing it right anymore, and after seeing the Pixel C, that certainly seems to be true. One issue, however, is that Android as an operating system has a hard time keeping up with the hardware on offer in the tablet. Android still doesn’t have a split-screen mode, despite the fact that the likes of Apple and Microsoft do. It’s definitely something that needs working on.
The Google Pixel C starts at $499 for the 32-GB model, and a keyboard accessory can be bought with it for $149.