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Spec showdown: Google's Pixel C tablet vs. Microsoft's Surface 3

Ian Paul | Oct. 1, 2015
The Pixel C looks a lot like a Surface 3, but can it compete with Microsoft's basic tablet?

It may seem ridiculous for someone to prefer Android over Windows, but that’s what many critics thought about choosing a browser-only laptop over Windows. Chrome OS isn’t challenging Windows in any real respect, but it didn’t turn out to be the failure many expected it to be.

Price

The Pixel C pricing starts at $499 but the keyboard will add another $150, bringing the total to $650. The 64GB version will cost another $100, bringing the total for that version to $750.

On the Surface 3 side you get the basic 64GB tablet at $500 while the Surface 3 Type Cover costs $130, bringing the total to $630. The 128GB version costs $600, for a total of $730 with the Type Cover.

These two devices are priced very similarly in the sense that the base models and next step up have basically the same prices—$20 isn’t a huge deal, folks. The big differentiator is of course storage. That will be a major factor for some, which gives Surface 3 the clear advantage.

That’s about all we can tell about these two tablets for now. It will be interesting to see how many people snap up the Pixel C when it hits the Google Store later this year.

 

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