Until now, Google has been creating a family of laptops in collaboration with the biggest names in the industry, but they were running on Chrome OS. The Pixel C is the first tablet running on Android OS and which was exclusively built by Google. We’ll compare it to Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet which runs now on Windows 10, but which has a weaker processor than the “Pro” version. The Pixel C tablet has also an optional keyboard accessory, but it lacks a stylus. But, more about both devices you’ll find out in this article.
The screen of the Pixel C is a bit smaller, measuring 10.2-inch and it’s an IPS display which is able to support a resolution of up to 2560×1800 pixels. The images are pretty sharp because the resulted pixel density is convenient at 308 ppi.
The Surface 3 uses a ClearType screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2, but it has a diagonal of 10.8-inch and its resolution is Full HD, so don’t have high expectations from the image quality, because the pixel density is very low at 214ppi. Even so, you won’t have any problem when reading content in direct sunlight, because the ClearType technology makes text viewed on liquid-crystal displays, even outdoors.
These tablets have completely different internal configurations. For example, the Pixel C is using a big.LITTLE Nvidia Tegra X1 octa-core processor which is paired with Nvidia Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM, and it has two variants of internal memories: 32GB and 64GB, but they’re unexpandable.
The Surface 3 is powered by an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core processor which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, but the speed can be increased up to 2.40 GHz. The tablet has either 2GB or 4GB GB LPDDR3 1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics and there are also two variants of internal memories with capacities of 64 and 128GB, but there is room for extra storage up to 200GB, by adding a microSD card. The tablet has also an LTE option and the Type Cover is backlit, but which is also attached to the bottom of the device using magnets.
The Surface 3 takes advantage of the operating system it comes loaded with, being capable to run many applications which aren’t accessible to the Android users. But when it comes to gaming, the Pixel C has a slight advantage, because there are plenty cool Android games for mobile devices.
The starting price for the Pixel C is $499, but if you want to buy the keyboard, you will pay $150 more. The 64GB variant of the Surface 3 costs $500, and its Type Cover is cheaper at $130.
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