If you’ve been paying attention to Google news lately, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the Pixel C. For years now Google has been content to swim in the Chromebook waters without diving out too far in serious tablet seas. The Pixel C is changing that, and there’s good reason why it’s being called a serious competitor for things like the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro lines.
Yes, this is indeed a tablet – well, a tablet hybrid, with an emphasis on hybrid. The Pixel C tablet itself has a 10.1-inch display, a Nvidia X1 quad-core processor, a Macwell GPU, and 3GB of RAM, healthy specs for any tablet, especially a smaller option like this. Much has been made of the strange aspect ratio, but essentially it looks fine from a user perspective, so there’s no reason to freak out over the odd numbers.
In addition to the tablet itself, Google is selling the Pixel C with a slim keyboard attachment. Actually, it’s a pretty big keyboard compared to most hybrids, and almost seems to turn the tablet into a tiny ultrabook. Not as great for portability, but probably easier to use in a professional environment
There is a fly in the soup, however. The tablet uses Android 6 software, and that’s a big problem for the OS. A table that’s aimed at the professional world simply has to have capabilities like Windows, fast multi-window capabilities, and so on. It’s understandable why Google had to stick with Android for an in-house project like this, but it create a huge barrier to success in a market that typically requires Windows and sometimes the supplements that Apple has created.
Google still has some time to show if Android can be used in more professional or educational environments. There’s also not much information on price, models, or other information, so sit tight and wait for more on specs before making your final decision on the Pixel C.