Is Google Pixel C the new Microsoft Surface 3 or is it Apple iPad Proby Ryan Dsouza October 9, 2015
Google recently announced the Pixel C, a 10.2 inch tablet that looks quite similar to the Microsoft Surface book. The device will come preloaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Apart from a fantastic build quality, the tablet also comes with a few smart physical features such as the wirelessly charging keyboard.
Currently the Google Pixel C is being sighted as the toughest contender to the Microsoft Surface 3 and the Apple iPad Pro. But, is it? Let’s find out.
Alright! Let’s dive-in straight into the features.
Have a look at the features, and you will probably notice that Google Pixel C seems to be taking a knock on several factors. Take for instance the display size. The Pixel C has a 10.2 inch screen, while the Surface 3 flaunts a larger 10.8 inch display and the iPad Pro features a massive 12.9 incher.
But, wait! Here is the coolest part. The Google Pixel C is one of the first tablets to come preloaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Talking about the processor, you have an NVIDIA Tegra X1 packed in. However, the clock-speed is not known yet. The Microsoft Surface 3, on the other hand, comes with an Intel Atom processor, while powering the iPad Pro is an Apple A9X chipset.
In terms of internal storage, you get to choose between a 32 and a 64 GB variant. Though this may seem enough, the Microsoft Surface 3 and the Apple iPad Pro offers a much greater storage capacity at 128 GB. While the Surface 3 has an expandable storage option, the Pixel C and the iPad Pro does not.
Now, let’s move on to one of the most important features, the camera. Nothing is yet known about the cameras to be featured on the Pixel C. But, you can expect it to come with a standard 8 MP primary camera and a 2 MP front-facing snapper.
Talking about the pens, the iPad Pro is compatible with the Apple Pencil, which is available separately. The Surface 3 comes with an inclusive pen. This is where the Pixel C takes a huge blow by not having a pen.
You can opt for the magnetic keyboard by paying an additional $149. The iPad pro tablet too is separately priced and is comparatively expensive at $169. Microsoft Surface 3, on the other hand, comes along with a keyboard cover, which turns out to be an added bonus.
Now, let’s move on to the most important part, the battery. The Pixel C and the iPad Pro claim to offer a battery backup of up to 10 hours, while the Surface 3 falls slightly short at 9 hours. But, the 3 seem to be walking the same line when it comes to battery life.
Finally, it’s time to talk about the price. This is when the Pixel C turns out to be a winner by far. Though not yet confirmed, the 32 GB variant is expected to cost you somewhere around $499, whereas the 64 GB would want you to spend approximately $599 dollars. You can opt for the magnetic keyboard by paying an additional $149.
The iPad Pro, when compared with the Pixel C turns out to be slightly expensive at $799 for the 32 GB version and $949 for the 128 GB model.
The Microsoft Surface 3 too seems a bit on the cheaper side with the 64 GB variant costing around $499, while the 128 GB version forces you to spend approximately $628.
So, what’s the final verdict? Well, with additional features packed in, the Surface 3 and the iPad Pro seem to be quite ahead of the Google Pixel C, at least for now. But, if you are someone looking for a tablet with good performance, the Pixel C is what you would want to bet your money on.