New Google Android tablet may still be coming this year – but not as a Nexus model?
Google’s big Nexus announcement is just hours away (OK, it’s still tomorrow, but we’ve got under 20 hours to go by this point), leaving us super-excited about the new hardware that will finally break cover. Sure it’s all leaked so badly at this point that there can’t be many surprises left, but we’re still eager for Google confirmation. And while we expect to get two new phones, what about a tablet? After all, we got the latest Nexus 7 back in 2013, followed by the Nexus 9 last fall; where’s our 2015 tablet? While there’s no sign of a new Nexus tablet waiting in the wings, a new rumor suggests that Google’s up to something very similar, and instead of a new Nexus tablet, may be planning to bring us the Android-powered “Pixel C” tablet later this year.
Pixel, for those of you whose interest in Google hardware hasn’t extended much beyond Nexus models, is branding that thus far has been associated with Chrome-powered devices, but for the Pixel C, Google’s reportedly sticking to Android.
The Pixel C should mirror much of the design of the Chromebook Pixel (above), picking up a metallic body, but making its keyboard a removable accessory. Just like the Nexus 9, look for it to be powered by NVIDIA silicon, this time a Tegra X1 SoC. It could get a 10.2-inch extra-bright display (of unspecified resolution and aspect ratio), 3GB of RAM, and USB type-C connectivity. As for that detachable keyboard, we may see Google release two distinct styles, one matching the Pixel C’s metal build, and one leather-bound.
Google’s tipped to formally launch the Pixel C sometime later this fall, likely in November, but even if its official debut is still a couple months off, we may pick up an early preview tomorrow, with word that the tablet could make an appearance at Tuesday’s Nexus launch event – even if it’s technically no Nexus itself.
Source: Android Police