It's been more than two months since Google announced the coming release of its new Android-powered Pixel C 2-in-1 convertible tablet, but there are signs the device could be hitting the market soon, possibly even this week.
On Saturday, Primate Labs' Geekbench posted its benchmark processor and memory performance scores for the Pixel C, giving it a single-core score of 1395 and a multi-core score of 4345. The graphics-focused GFXBench also gave the Pixel C high scores for performance in both high- and low-level tests. Some online comments indicate that the Pixel C might even be released tomorrow.
The 10.2-inch Pixel C runs the Android Marshmallow operating system and features an octa-core CPU with Nvidia's Tegra X1 next-generation mobile "super chip." Promised by Google to be available before the holidays, the Pixel C will be priced starting at $499 for a 32 GB tablet, with a separate keyboard selling for $149.
'C' for Convertible
First unveiled during Google's annual fall event in late September, the Pixel C is the first member of the Pixel family to run Android rather than the Chrome OS. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has described it as "the first Android device focused on productivity."
The Pixel C (the "C" stands for "convertible") was designed with an entirely new approach for combining a tablet with a keyboard, according to director of product management Andrew Bowers. The separate keyboard, connected via Bluetooth, attaches magnetically to the tablet, enabling the screen to be propped up at any angle while in use.
When not in use, the keyboard can be attached under the tablet or used as a cover. When closed against the Pixel C, the keyboard is inductively charged by the tablet so it does not need separate charging.
Featuring dual speakers, four microphones, a screen resolution of 308 ppi and "lots of graphics horsepower," Bowers said "the Pixel C will get better over time with software updates every six weeks." A 64-GB version will also be available for $549, he added.
'Monster,' 'Beast,' 'Clunky'
The recently posted benchmark scores for the Pixel C indicate the device is a "performance monster," according to SlashGear. TechTimes called the 2-in-1 "a real Android 6.0 beast."
However, in its review -- published just after Google's announcement in September -- Ars Technica called the Pixel C "well-built but clunky." Ars Technica asked, "With Google's lackluster app support, does anyone want an Android tablet?"
The answer, judging by some of the recent comments on Twitter and other sites, is, "yes." In a November 29 tweet Web video producer Marques Brownlee asking whether "Google forgot about Chromebook Pixel C." In response, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president for Android, Chromecast and Chrome OS, posted a photo of a Pixel C in an airport security bin with the comment, "TSA approves! Will be testing for y'all on the flight."