The search giant has historically been known for using other manufacturers like Asus and HTC for their Nexus phones and tablets. That all changes now with the Pixel lineup, with the Pixel C designed and fully built specifically for Android OS. It was named after their sleek 12.9-in laptop, google’s high-end Chromebook Pixel.
the Pixel C features a plenty of top-notch hardware, including a mighty Nvidia X1 processor, ultra-sharp 10.2-inch display, and a latch-free docking system that attaches the Pixel C to its physical keyboard cover. And comes also with improved battery life, Multi-window support these additions make the Pixel C feel a lot more like a hybrid device and a more suitable option for students, and office workers looking for a truly portable alternative PC.
Though, with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3, Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 all these star tablets head-to-head, the Pixel C is facing pretty stiff competition.
Bodily, the Pixel C’s design tends generally in line with similar top-end tablets, but with its dimensions of 242x179x7mm and weight of 517g mean it’s justly comfortable to hold and it is satchel friendly, in spite of its front edges are a little sharper than one would like.
The anodized aluminum used to build the Pixel C’s body also has a nice premium feel and look, suitably assured that it can persist the wear and tear of a normal daily use.
the power/lock button is located on the top edge, while the volume switcher remains high up on the left, with a USB type C port at the bottom of the same edge.
There are also dual stereo speakers on either side of the tablet, and a 3.5mm headphone jack finishes the variety of features on the right side of the slate.
On the rear, the iconic Chromebook light bar glowing in the company’s four trademark colors accompanied with an 8MP camera.
The Google Pixel C packs a 10.2-inch display, which is larger than the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 display. With a resolution of 2560 x 1800, the Pixel C screen has a pixel density of 308ppi, easily outperforming the Nexus 9 with its 281ppi.
the Pixel C is 25% brighter than premium tablets around, it has 450.6cd per m2 of brightness and a 1,550:1 contrast ratio.
Internally, the Pixel C is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 CPU, a 64-bit, quad-core chip clocked at 1.9GHz which provides a superb blast of power into Google’s tablet.
That’s coupled with a 256-core Maxwell GPU which make graphics performance really shines, it also has 3GB of DDR4 memory and internal storage options of 32GB or 64GB.
Evaluating the Pixel C through Geekbench 3 benchmark test shows just how great it is. With an average multi-core marks of 4449, it is more powerful than the Nexus 9, Sony and Samsung slates, while quite matching the Air 2’s outcome. On the GPU 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and Slingshot tests, the Pixel C ended with respective scores of 41400 and 2856 points. That makes it one of the fastest 10-inch tablets on the market.
I found the Android interface to be incredibly fast and smooth. Applications generally launched quickly, and the Pixel C was able to run graphically intensive games such as Asphalt 8 Airborne and Real Racing 3 without slowdown issues.
The tablet uses a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, and it has a basic set of stereo speaker with meduim voice quality. This tablet doesn’t support either mobile data connectivity or microSD memory cards.
The Pixel C has excellent battery life equipped with a 9240mAh battery, Google claims it can go for over 10 hours on one single charge, depending on usages such as video playback and gaming, playing a looping video for 14 hours 33 minutes with the screen set to 170cd per m2. That’s surely one of the longest lasting Android tablets available today.
The Pixel C ships with a 15W fast-charger plug in the box, so if you are run out of battery you can quickly fill it up before you leave.
Google has packed its tablet with an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 aperture while a front camera has only 2-megapixel should be kept for video calls only because it is not good for selfies it is better to stick with your smartphone camera.
There’s no HDR Mode or flash either.
Google includes several software tools for functions like Photo Sphere, close-up and 360-degree panoramic image.
Most of the tablet owners don’t use the camera on tablets it is reserved only for basic occasional shots, the Pixel C is not competitive with what you can get on an iPad, or even on a tablet like the Galaxy Tab S2.
The Google Pixel C has a fabulous display, stellar specifications, a premium design, stock Android and a hefty price tag.
The Google Pixel C is available at Google’s Store starting at $500 with 32GB of internal storage, and a 64GB version priced at $600 it’s only slightly more expensive than the Xperia Z4 tablet. The optional keyboard is pricey also available for $149.
If you want the best Android slate around, then the Pixel C is the tablet for you. You can sense that Google has been involved at every stage, with its pure smoothness flowing through the Pixel C experience.