Is the Super High Resolution of Google’s Pixel C Necessary?

Google has just announced their new tablet, the Pixel C. Its biggest asset is a super high resolution screen. Is this necessary for Google’s new tablet?

The high-resolution tablet field is getting crowded. While Apple announced their iPad Pro last month, Google is now announcing the Pixel C. Although when it comes down to it in a comparison, the Pixel C beats out the iPad Pro. While the latter has a resolution of a 2732 x 2048, the Pixel C is only 2560 x 1800. However, the Pixel C has a smaller screen with 10.2 inches, meaning it boasts 308 ppi, while the iPad Pro only has 264 ppi.

But here’s the question. Is any of it necessary? Browsing existing tablets, it’s not like the current pixelation is a problem. Is the improvement of resolution and addition of pixels just a matter of a bragging point to be used to beat out the other tablets? Or are there users who are clamoring for higher resolution tablets? What do you use a tablet for that you need that high of a resolution on the screen?

We want to hear from you. We want your input into this conversation. Were you excited to hear about the Google tablet with the super high resolution? Or were you left unaffected knowing that it’s an attribute that basically means nothing to you?

Is the super high resolution of Google’s new tablet necessary?

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. For my with bad eyesight, higher resolutions on smaller screens is a killer and makes it very difficult to view for long periods. 1920×1080 on a 21″ monitor is very readable, 2560×1800 on a 10″ screen seems a bit small, tho I would like to see it before I condemn it.

  2. I think unnecessarily massive PPIs suck too much battery. I have a mid-range smartphone – 6″ screen, 720 screen, 4k mAh – amazing battery, clear video, browsing, etc.

    The PPI wars are a distraction from what we’re losing – microSD, local storage, device ownership (data-mining, data-sharing).

    I do like the aspect ratio a lot! I just don’t think Android on a tablet is very productive. Android on a laptop hybrid would be horrid. Browser just doesn’t match Desktop counterparts, mouse support is terrible (no right-click, no highlighting, scrolling works partially).

    Chrome (with ability to run a Linux distro) on this thing would have been a better option.

  3. On a tablet, that kind of resolution is unnecessary – on smartphones, because they can be used with VR headsets, high-resolution (beyond 1080p) is noticeably better.

  4. Unless someone has perfect eyesight no human can see the entire spectrum of colors and hues that exist in this world. In other words no matter WHAT the pixel count?….your eyes can only see a certain “range” of colors, shades….light and shadow. So this constant cry from the retailers and manufacturers of the highest-of-the-high resolutions is almost nonsensical. Its the equivalent of the car dealers or television manufacturers who are constantly talking about “hi-def” radio?…..or hi-def SOUND!?…like…W…T….H?

    Listen people….lets understand something, almost everything that’s said to you BEFORE a purchase?….is said to get you to PURCHASE! In regards to the hi-def sound……I’m sure we ALL KNOW that your EARS will ONLY….EVER hear sounds within a certain RANGE right?…and that there’s NOTHING ANYONE can do to INCREASE or DECREASE that range….right? All that takes place when it comes to radio / audio is the “eq” is fine-tuned….where very incremental tweaks are made to the various sound bands, that is NOT hi-def sound…that is altered sound being set so that you THINK you’re hearing something differently. This same smoke-and-mirrors approach is done in the world of video and display screens. There’s no super power you gain that gives you a better view when looking at the screens, if you doubt me, then just consider this: Why or how is it possible that the things you’re looking at on the tablet/laptop/monitor screen look so amazing…..but the minute you turn it off and walk outside the ACTUAL…..REAL LIFE things DON’T look that good? See?….not hard to see past the sales pitch….is it? SO if you want to run out there and pay top dollar for an altered video screen, which doesn’t really do anything but make your world around you a bit duller, and lackluster….then go right ahead. As for me…a standard 1600×900 display works just fine. Lets not continue to feed the markets that are already over saturated with “I’m-the-same-but-slightly-different-and-will-cost-you-3-times-as-much-as-the-previous-one” items that after time?…will become useless and find their way to eBay!

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