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In addition to the new Chromecast devices and new Nexus phones, Google gave the world a sneak preview of a new Android tablet which they call the Pixel C. Like the Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C is designed completely in-house by Google, and it shares many attributes with the Chromebook Pixel even though it runs Android rather than Chrome OS. The hardware is also very interesting, and while there are many unknown details about the Pixel C, what is known looks promising.

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Quick specs:
  • 10.2" IPS display (2560x1800)
  • Tegra X1 SoC
  • 32/64GB storage
  • USB-C

Prices are $499/$599. Keyboard is $149

Didn't see this anywhere, hopefully it's not a repost.
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I didn't want to muddy up the first post so here's my thoughts

I'm not sure how I feel about this device.

One the one hand i'm very happy to see another android tablet. A4 paper dimensions is very intriguing. I like the inclusion of the tegra x1 SoC. Aesthetically speaking it looks great. The keyboard looks well done. And who don't love stock android (a new one at that).

Here's where I'm concerned. The price. It's $499 for the base 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model. The keyboard is $149. That means the 64GB model + keyboard is $748. That's squarely in the surface pro 3 price range ($699). Even the base model is the same price as the base Surface 3.

Windows vs android, in a tablet/laptop form factor, windows seems like the far better choice for productivity, software support, ease of use, etc. This is also a harder sale considering that the surface pro 4 is supposed to be announced on Oct 6...
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Looks like nVidia is going to start getting mileage out of the new Tegra X1. It's a heck of a chip for only 10 watts.
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Looks like nVidia is going to start getting mileage out of the new Tegra X1. It's a heck of a chip for only 10 watts.
Yup, I have the console, it's doing HTPC duties. can't imagine gaming on it though......
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If you want a tablet for productivity (with a keyboard), Surface > iPad > Android tablets.
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I could buy a gaming laptop for that kind of money! I don't see this thing selling well. Google hasn't been great at selling hardware in the past, and I don't see anything spectacular enough about this device to change that.
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Here's where I'm concerned. The price. It's $499 for the base 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model. The keyboard is $149. That means the 64GB model + keyboard is $748. That's squarely in the surface pro 3 price range ($699). Even the base model is the same price as the base Surface 3.

Windows vs android, in a tablet/laptop form factor, windows seems like the far better choice for productivity, software support, ease of use, etc. This is also a harder sale considering that the surface pro 4 is supposed to be announced on Oct 6...

Android is not competitive with Windows from a productivity standpoint. That may change, but this tablet certainly isn't going to do it. If anything, this is simply another "technology demonstrator" that Google has released as it usually does with their Nexus lineups. This little guy poses no threat to the Surface. I do echo your thoughts on it's looks. It's quite sexy. I don't like the keyboard, but I've never been a fan of portable keyboards. I myself use a bluetooth mech board.

The Surface 3 has been broken for a while. It's core functionality, One Note, didn't fare well during the Windows 10 transition and created a lot of unhappy Surface owners. Hopefully this issue gets fixed soon because I'm planning on buying two Surfaces for my girlfriend and I for college.

Overall, this tablet just isn't that smart of a buy for 99.9% of us. Perhaps there are many scenarios where this would be a prime contender for someone's money... but I just don't see it. It's a cool tablet, but I'd rather stick with a Tab S or an iPad Air if I want a tablet.
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Those Google notebooks are cheaper hell you are better of with a junkbook is you want work done. Also competing with a Nvidia Tegra which is a node behind on Sammy top end.
Can't see this doing very well it doesn't have that "Apple" throw money at me factor.
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I could buy a gaming laptop for that kind of money! I don't see this thing selling well. Google hasn't been great at selling hardware in the past, and I don't see anything spectacular enough about this device to change that.

Unless the game you are playing are on Facebook, you ain't getting a gaming laptop for $499 ... maybe $1499 or $2499, but not $499.
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Unless the game you are playing are on Facebook, you ain't getting a gaming laptop for $499 ... maybe $1499 or $2499, but not $499.

Well with the higher end model + keyboard price of $750 I could get something decent. Maybe GT750M or similar. My point is, that is a lot of dough for a tablet.
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