Yesterday Google unless we had reserved a surprise, after a few intense weeks of leaks: your new tablet Pixel C. Google’s new Pixel is not based on ChromeOS but on Android. It is a very interesting convertible tablet coming to change several concepts within the world of Android tablet.
And is that the tablets in general take a time of doldrums (although still having interesting things). Apple has wanted them to reinvent your iPad Pro model and Google doesn’t want to be left behind.
Pixel C, a powerful and convertible tablet
Pixel C is a 10.2 inch tablet with cutting-edge specifications. The resolution is 2560 × 1800 pixels, giving a density of 308 pixels per inch and a brightness of 500 nits.
The processor is not short. It comes with a quad – core NVIDIA X 1, GPU Maxwell, 3 GB memory RAM LPDDR4 and 32 and 64 GB internal storage. Power to be bored.
The finish is clearly top of the range. Design unibody meteal with a multicolor bar that was already seen in the previous Pixel model (which had no Android and ChromeOS). The port is USB type C.
The main novelty of this tablet is that you can buy an optional keyboard that would make him a laptop style Microsoft Surface (or also iPad Pro). In other words, we are in this new segment of productivity, of people who occasionally uses the tablet with keyboard to work.
The biggest drawback is that all this hardware comes to relatively high prices. $499 32 GB, 599 dollars model 64 GB and above all, $149 optional keyboard. Everything is manufactured by Google directly, not as the Nexus that rely on a traditional manufacturer that does not hide its brand.
Laptop Android, after so many attempts at Google gives them official support
The big step that gives Google with this Pixel C is that it allows the Android tablets are convertible. So far Android is designed to be used in a tactile way, external keyboards are supported, but nothing of Android is designed to use as well.
In the years carrying Android Tablet market, there have been several attempts to do this type of convertible, the exponent, the Asus Transformer, but Neither the operating system nor applications have been accompanied: they were not intended for this use.
However now Google gives step by launching a convertible, also powerful. Android 6.0 is thus designed so it can be used with a keyboard in landscape and soon way application developers will think this type of users. Google has taken a step forward and the rest will follow you.
It is clear that the tablets were in the doldrums and we had to give them a whirl. Microsoft was the first who did it and now this month we’ve seen two proposals from Apple and Google. New frontage is the portable classics. If the tablets already have eaten them in the entertainment segment the next step will be in the productivity. Be enough a tablet Android to work? We thought once about the subject and the conclusion is that in many cases yes, but not all.
And what about ChromeOS?
The other big news of the Pixel C is that Google abandoned (at least for now) for their convertibles ChromeOS. There has always been a big debate of why Google had two operating systems, especially when one works very well (Android) and another only succeeds in the U.S. and in a relative manner (ChromeOS).
Much there has been speculation about the merger of the two systems. Microsoft has for example merged their desktop systems, tablet and mobile with 10 Windows and shows us the way. Google at the moment has not taken the step but He has decided to use Android for its convertible tablet.
In the future I imagine ChromeOS will be discontinued. It should not be forgotten that it is basically a Linux kernel with a web browser on top. Basically the same web browser which already exists in Android. So everything you can do in ChromeOS can do with Android (and most things there is a fairly complete operating system below).
Will C Pixel work?
The big question is if Pixel C will operate in the segment that has been presented, the productivity. In theory has everything to succeed: an operating system implemented, power, the creator of OS support, good materials… However It remains to be seen that companies bet on this kind of solutions (both Pixel C and iPad Pro) in a massive way.
Companies are very accustomed to Windows, and the changes are complicated. Perhaps many workers would be happy with this type of solution but I have the impression that If the convertible are imposed Microsoft has the winning hand with its Surface.
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