Google Pixel C Stakes a Claim as Hybrid Tablet Market Contender

Google Pixel C Stakes a Claim as Hybrid Tablet Market Contender
Pixel C Is Not a Chromebook
The Key Feature: It's Really a Hybrid
Important Information About the Keyboard
Google Play Integration Is a Key Feature
All About the Screen
Nvidia Tegra XI Provides Processing Power
There's an Auto-Charge Mode
There's No Getting Away From the Ubiquitous Google Apps
The Other Specs That Matter
A Look at Pricing, Availability
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Google Pixel C Stakes a Claim as Hybrid Tablet Market Contender

Google joins the hybrid computer fray with its two-in-one Pixel C. Does the Android-based device have the features to be a legitimate contender in the space?

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Pixel C Is Not a Chromebook

Google has decided not to bundle Chrome OS with the Pixel C as another model in its Chromebook lineup. The Pixel C is an Android-based hybrid that's capable of acting as a tablet and a notebook depending on how users need to use the device. Google's Chromebooks may be popular, but the company has opted for Android with this release.

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The Key Feature: It's Really a Hybrid

Straight out of the box, the Pixel C is a tablet as it ships only with the USB Type-C charger and Quick Start Guide. But Google has made it clear that it was designed it to be a hybrid. More specifically, the device, which was built by Google, is designed to connect to a full-sized keyboard. To get the full Pixel C experience, in other words, you need to buy an add-on keyboard.

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Important Information About the Keyboard

So important is the Pixel C keyboard attachment that Google created a section for it on the device's homepage. As noted, the Pixel C is a large tablet with a 10.2-inch display and it connects to the keyboard via Bluetooth. In addition, it has an adjustable stand component that allows users to prop up the screen at anywhere between 100 to 135 degrees. Perhaps most importantly, the keyboard is powered by inductive charging provided by the Pixel C, so no charger or cable is required. Google is selling the Pixel C Keyboard for $149.

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Google Play Integration Is a Key Feature

One of the main reasons Google may have decided to bundle Android with the Pixel C is its integration with Google Play. The Google Play marketplace has over 1 million applications, including many that prospective owners are already using every day with their current Android-based devices. Having that many apps available is essential to making the Pixel C an attractive option to consumers and business users.

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All About the Screen

The Pixel C's 10.2-inch display delivers 2,560-by-1,800 resolution. According to Google, the screen features 308 pixels per inch and, as one might expect, full touch support. At that size, the Pixel C's screen is slightly larger than Apple's iPad Air 2, but smaller than the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro.

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Nvidia Tegra XI Provides Processing Power

In terms of processing power, the Pixel C is solid, but not groundbreaking. The hybrid runs on the Nvidia Tegra XI 64-bit processor and has 3GB of RAM to handle app loading. In addition, users will find a Maxwell GPU to handle more graphics-intensive features. All in all, the device appears to be a reasonably powerful option for anyone seeking a solid tablet or hybrid experience.

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There's an Auto-Charge Mode

According to Google, the Pixel C has a feature called Auto-Charge Mode. So, when the device is in the closed position, it automatically determines the amount of battery life in the keyboard and uses the aforementioned inductive charging to keep its juice up. With help from magnets, the components neatly sit atop each other, similar to the way a screen would cover a keyboard in a notebook. Google says that should make it easier to carry around while the keyboard is being charged.

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There's No Getting Away From the Ubiquitous Google Apps

Like Apple, Google has its fair share of apps that it bundles with all of the products it sells. The Pixel C is no different. As soon as users break open the device, they will find all of the familiar Google applications, including Search, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube and others. Those who enjoy the Google apps experience will like what they find in the Pixel C.

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The Other Specs That Matter

Aside from the major features, there are several important specs to consider before deciding to buy the Pixel C. For one, it uses the USB-C type connector for charging. In addition, the device comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage and has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera in addition to a 2-megapixel front-facing sensor. The device features 802.11ac WiFi and is built from anodized aluminum to safeguard it from small spills. Google claims its battery can last over 10 hours on a single charge.

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A Look at Pricing, Availability

The Pixel C is available now to customers who are looking to buy the Android-based hybrid. The device is $499 for those who want the 32GB model. Customers looking for 64GB of onboard storage can get their hands on it for $599. And as noted, for the full hybrid experience, customers will need to shell out another $149 for the keyboard.

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