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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Google Pixel C – Specs and Software Showdown

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The Surface Pro 4 arrived at the right moment, being the worst nightmare to Apple’s iPad Pro or Google’s Pixel C. The 2-in-1 tablet can take the place of many desktop computers, having more powerful specs, but we won’t compare it to any PC, instead, we’ll take a look at Google’s Pixel tablet, which runs on Android and has a detachable keyboard.

Designs

Both devices have basic tablet-laptop hybrid functionality, but their designs are totally different, Google C allows you to attach a Bluetooth keyboard (it costs $149), which has a magnet strip that is clicked onto the tablet’s hinge (it rotates the display up to a 135-degree angle) transforming the device into a laptop. When you’re not using the keyboard, you can snap it back of the device, the tablet is 10-inch tall, but the rest of dimensions haven’t been revealed.

The Surface Pro 4 has a body made of a magnesium alloy and its Type Cover is now lighter and thinner, there is more space between the keys and the multi-touch track pad is larger, the price of the new Type Cover is $130 and it can be purchased from Microsoft’s online store, dimensions of the Surface Pro 4 are 11.50×7.93x.33 inches and it weights 762grams.

Displays

The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display whose resolution is 2736×1824 pixels at 267ppi, resulting in an aspect ratio of 3:2. The Pixel C has a smaller IPS display which supports a resolution of 2560×1800 pixels, giving a pixel density of 308ppi, when tested, the screen of the Pixel C seemed crisper, but that’s because the pixel density is higher.

Hardware

Surface Pro 4 is packed with the latest Intel Skylake low-voltage dual-core processor, but it’s available in three options: the m3-6Y30 (900MHz up to 2.2GHz) which is coupled with Intel HD graphics 515, the i5-6300U (2.4 up to 3.0GHz) runs with Intel HD graphics 520, while the i7-6650U (2.2 up to 3.4GHz) was paired with Intel Iris 540 graphics. Depending on the configuration, the tablet supports from 4GB to 16GB of RAM, and there are four variants of SSD storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

Google device runs on a “big.LITTLE” octa-core processor which is based on an Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC and supports 3GB of RAM, the internal memory comes in two variants of 32GB and 64GB.

Prices

The starting price of the SP4 is $899 and it can reach $2,199, while the Pixel C, which will be released in “holiday 2015” will cost $499 (32GB of storage) or $599 (64GB of storage).