Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Pixel C – Google’s Response To Microsoft’s Upcoming Tablet
This month, Microsoft will release the fourth generation of Surface Pro tablet, during a hardware event, and with this occasion, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones will be unveiled as well. A big surprise came from Google, which announced an Android tablet that was created by the team who worked on the Pixel Chromebooks. This tablet is called Pixel C and the “C” stands for “Convertible”, meaning that it can be attached to a keyboard and transformed into a laptop.
This high end tablet has a starting price of $499, while the keyboard costs $149. The exterior is made of brushed metal and it matches the keyboard, which doesn’t have an external battery, because it charges when it’s attached to the device, communicating with it via Bluetooth. The Pixel C doesn’t have a kickstand, but it can be adjusted between 100 to 135 degrees and regarding the screen, its size is 10.2-inch, supporting 2560×1800 pixels resolution at 308 ppi (500 nits bright). The aspect ratio is 1.42 to 1, just like the sheet of an A4 paper, and it’s perfect for surfing the web.
The Pixel C runs on Android 6.0 and it’s powered by an Nvidia X1 quad-core processor, which is paired with Maxwell graphics and 3GB of RAM. On the sides, there are some loud stereo speakers and the tablet supports voice interactions, via the embedded microphones and the USB-C charger allows you to charge the device and to transfer data using the same port.
The tablet will be officially released next month and will come in two variants of internal memories: 32GB and 64GB.
Surface Pro 4
This new 2-in-1 tablet will be unveiled on October 6, along with the new Lumia smartphones. The reports say that Microsoft has been working on two variants of screen sizes, so the Surface Pro 4 will come with a smaller 12-inch screen and a giant 14-inch screen, while inside, they will support the new generation Skylake processors, which have been revealed at the IFA 2015 tech event from September. This means that the chipset will more efficient that the previous one, but likewise on the Surface Pro 3, it will come with three processor variants” Core i3, i5 and i7, which will be backed by Intel 530 HD graphics and 8GB/16GB of RAM.
The front camera is expected to come with 3D facial recognition capabilities, while the Pixel C won’t be equipped with any camera. The starting price of the Surface Pro 4, which will run on Windows 10 out of the box, will be $800, without the Type Cover cost, but the box will include the free stylus.