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Google’s Pixel C is an Android tablet to rival iPad Pro

Google has taken the lid off of a brand new Android tablet, but it’s not a Nexus.

The Pixel C tablet was revealed at Google’s product launch event today, alongside the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones.

Google’s new device is a 10.2-inch tablet – with a 308ppi pixel density and 500 nits brightness – running on the company’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

That’s interesting because, until now, the ‘Pixel’ branding has been reserved for Chrome OS products.

For instance, both Pixel laptops – 2013 and 2015, respectively – ran Google’s desktop OS, not Android.

However, the Pixel theme has continued with the tablet in terms of design, with the device rocking an all-metal aesthetic that looks very similar to the Pixel notebooks.

It’s also worth noting that this isn’t a Nexus device, so there isn’t a third-party manufacturer’s name stamped on the rear.

Instead, it’s an entirely in-house proposition from Google, which is sure to delight fans of the firm.

So what does the Pixel C offer on the specs front? The headline spec is probably the quad-core Nvidia X1 chip paired with a desktop-class Maxwell GPU, which should proffer respectable gaming performance.

It also boasts 3GB of RAM, and ships with a choice of aluminium and leather keyboard accessories that connect to the Pixel C via Bluetooth.

The keyboard can also flip down and attach to the back of the Pixel C securely so you can use the device as a tablet.

The tablet also powers the Pixel C’s keyboard inductively, so you don’t have to charge it.

Unsurprisingly, the tablet will feature a USB-C port. That’s the burgeoning connection standard that’s set to appear on a growing number of mobile devices over the next year.

Related: Android 6.0 Marshmallow features

The Pixel C will price in at $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB model. The keyboard costs $149. Google says it will be launching “in time for the holidays”.

Let us know what you think about Google’s new tablet in the comments section.

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