GOOGLE HAS OUTED the Pixel C, a high-end Android-based tablet hybrid that looks to take on the iPad Pro and Surface 3.
Just as leaked specifications suggested just hours ahead of the tablet's unveiling, the Google Pixel C has a 10.2in 2560x1800 resolution display with a super-bright backlight capable of 500 nits.
This high-resolution display is powered by a quad-core Nvidia X1 processor and Maxwell GPU, which Google said equips the device with "desktop-class" graphics performance.
The 'C' in Pixel C stands for 'convertible', and the tablet will be offered alongside a $149 Bluetooth keyboard that attaches to the tablet magnetically. Google explained that, unlike the keyboard offered with the Apple and Microsoft hybrid devices, the Pixel allows for a tilt range from 100 to 135 degrees.
The keyboard doesn't need charging, as the tablet does this inductively when the device is closed.
Unlike Google's Chromebook Pixel laptops, the Pixel C is based on Android, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, like the newly announced Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones.
Full specifications of the Pixel C are yet to be revealed, but Google did say that buyers can expect 3GB RAM, a USB Type-C connector, a four microphone set-up and the same light bar seen on the Chromebook Pixel devices which can be double-tapped to check the tablet's battery life.
The Google Pixel C will be available in time for the holidays, but no exact release date has been confirmed. It will be offered with a choice of 32GB and 64GB storage, priced at $499 and $599 respectively.
Google also announced the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P on Wednesday, the first two smartphones that will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The Nexus 5X is the smaller, and subsequently cheaper, of the two. The Marshmallow-powered smartphone features a 5.2in Full HD LCD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip, built-in fingerprint sensor, 12.3MP camera and 32GB and 64GB storage options.
The higher-end Nexus 6P takes on the iPhone 6S with a metal unibody design housing a 5.7in WQHD screen and Snapdragon 810 internals. µ
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