Surprise mothertruckers! Yes as well as announcing Android Marshmallow, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Chromecast 2, Google threw a curveball at its September 29 launch event by revealing the Pixel C; a tablet and laptop hybrid in the vein of the Microsoft Surface and Apple's new iPad Pro.
The Pixel C takes its name from Google's Chromebook Pixel family featuring an aluminium build, but it's an Android-based tablet with a magnetic keyboard. Google specifically say that the keyboard attaches without a "docking mechanism" with the idea that it's much quicker and more seamless to switch between laptop and tablet modes. The magnetic connectors are so strong that, as Google demonstrated, a user can carry the device by the keyboard or tablet portion and it will hold together without any need for latches or connectors. The data connection between components is handled via Bluetooth. The keyboard also charges from the tablet's battery when the two are connected.
The keyboard is boasted as "full size" and the tablet features a 10in "best in class" display. There's also a Type-C USB port. Naturally everything is powered by the latest Android build, version 6.0 Marshmallow.
Powering the device is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 CPU with 3GB of RAM and a Maxwell GPU. The display is a 10.2in setup with a 2560x1800 pixel resolution at 308ppi. There's also a set of stereo speakers onboard.
Google is yet to explain exactly when the device will be available, other than to hint that it plans to have it with users by Christmas. Prices were revealed at $499 for the 32GB model or $599 for the 64GB version. However, while the device has been built with keyboard functionality in mind, the keyboard isn't bundled-in and costs an extra $149.