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Pixel C tablet unveiled, starts at $499

by Brandon Russell | September 29, 2015September 29, 2015 10:12 am PDT

Google announced the Pixel C on Tuesday, the company’s first Android 6.0 Marshmallow tablet. This isn’t a Nexus product made by a third-party company. Instead, Google said it saw a problem and came up with an answer: the Pixel C.

This is a kind of experimental device, just as the Chromebook Pixel a few years ago, meant to push the tablet industry forward in a different direction. It runs Android Marshmallow, not Chrome OS, and sports a separate keyboard for all your productivity needs.

What’s neat is how the keyboard attaches to the device. With some magical magnets, you can adjust the device from 100 to 135 degrees without a kickstand, while the keyboard will connect to the Pixel C through Bluetooth, a move Google says was meant to cut down on ports.

The Pixel C keyboard has an 18.8mm pitch; most laptops have a 19mm pitch keyboard. Meanwhile, the keyboard has 1.4mm of travel, and is supposed to feature a very responsive force curve. Oh fancy talk. The Pixel C will also inductively charge the keyboard, which means you’ll never have to worry about running out. Clever.

The screen is 10.2 inches, and has a square-root of 2 aspect ratio. The resolution is 2560 x 1800 and has 500 nits of brightness, which means you should be able to use this sucker outside without the sun making it difficult to see.

Other specs include an NVIDIA X1 processor, Maxwell GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a starting price of $499 for the 32GB model (there’s also a 64GB model for $599). The keyboard will cost $149, which ain’t cheap, but this thing sounds awesome. Expect the Pixel C to be available “in time for the holidays.”

What a tease, but we should expect to hear much more in the coming weeks.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...