Google brought us the Pixel Chromebook back in 2013, and now, it looks like the line of Android 6.0 Marshmallow-running tablets will be adopting the Pixel name, as well. And it all starts with a new tablet, called Pixel C.
It's got the Pixel aesthetic: aluminium design, no exposed screws. The tablet and keyboards are held together with self-aligning magnets. The 10.2-inch, 2560x1800 resolution screen can adjust anywhere from 100 to 135 degrees.
Pixel C will run Android, unlike the Pixel Chromebook and its 2015 followup. For the Pixel C, you can buy detachable keyboards, just like with Apple's recently announced iPad Pro. Google's goal with Pixel C is to get tablets front and center at the workplace: Google has had the software with Android, but never had the platform. The Pixel C could help get Android in the office.
For example, you want to switch to a laptop to send a long email or write a document. Well, with the Pixel C (the c stands for "convertible"), you slide the tablet, flip it, and prop it up on the back of the keyboard, no kickstand or clasp required. Then use the thing like a laptop. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth, and the whole thing seems super sturdy: You can hold the Pixel C from the keyboard or tablet.
In order to better marry computer qualities with a tablet, the pitch of the keyboards' keys are similar to those on a laptop: meaning, the keys are spaced out in the same distance. The team fit the keys on the keyboard in this fashion by pushing lesser-used symbol keys on the perimeter further to the side.
The Pixel C connects with the USB Type C connector that's being more fully integrated into the "Google ecosystem" across devices. Finally, Google added four microphones to let you input voice commands from across the room. It's all just US prices for the time being, but that keyboard costs $US149 while the tablet itself costs $US499 for 32GB and $US599 for 64GB.