Pixel C convertible pairs Android with Tegra X1 power


— 12:57 PM on September 29, 2015

Google's Pixel device family is growing today. At its press event, the company unveiled a convertible called the Pixel C, a sleek tablet with a versatile companion keyboard.

The Pixel C itself might be the baddest Android tablet around. That's right—unlike the Chromebook Pixel, the C runs Android (presumably version 6.0). It may also be the first tablet we've seen powered by Nvidia's Tegra X1 SoC. The Pixel C puts the X1's graphics prowess to good use with a 2560x1800 display that's supposed to cover the full sRGB gamut. The Tegra SoC gets paired with 3GB of RAM in this tablet. Like the Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C has USB-C connectivity for charging and peripherals. The C also boasts similar all-aluminum construction.

The Pixel C's keyboard is pretty interesting, too. Despite the magnetic cover's compact size, Google's engineers achieved what they call a near-laptop-like key pitch (or center-to-center distance) of 18.8 mm. They managed that generous real estate by moving some infrequently-used keys to the on-screen keyboard. The keyboard can double as a screen cover when the C isn't in use, and it can also snap on to the back of the tablet when it isn't needed.

 When it arrives sometime before the holiday season, Google expects the Pixel C to cost $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB model. The keyboard module is a $149 extra.

 
   
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