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Google unveils Android-based Pixel C tablet

Google unveils Android-based Pixel C tablet

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Google's high-end Pixel range just expanded. At today's Nexus Event, Sundar Pichai announced the new Pixel C, a 10.2-inch tablet with USB-C that starts at $499. And instead of running Chrome OS, this Pixel runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Read next: The Android 6.0 Marshmallow review.

Like so many of today's reveals, much about the Pixel C recently leaked. However, that doesn't make it any less interesting. The new Pixel eschews the Chromebook form factor that Google used in the original Chromebook in 2013 and the more recent refresh. Instead, as a large tablet, it has a lot more in common with the Surface and iPad Pro. (Microsoft clearly was onto something.) Under the hood, the device has an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM, which Google says makes it powerful enough to handle work and entertainment.

Surface anyone?

Onstage, Google took time to highlight how the keyboard will work with tablet. The accessory doesn't need a kickstand and can be adjusted from 100 to 135 degrees. It also connects via Bluetooth, so Google boasts it doesn't have any "unsightly" connectors. (One wonders where the stylus is, though.) With a full-size $149 keyboard, the device is meant to useful while doing extensive typing. Meanwhile, the tablet itself inductively charges the keyboard so you never have to charge it.

The Pixel C tablet and keyboard will both be available in time for the holidays.

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