In recent years, Google has been putting serious investment into the hardware business. They manufactured three series of Pixel devices, as well as the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. The latter wasn’t that well received by the community, but I can say for sure that it has its fans. The device was introduced alongside the Pixel 3 series last year, with the entry-level configuration of Intel Kaby Lake Celeron 3965Y CPU and 4GB of RAM, at a starting price of $599. This particular version didn’t win any awards, that’s why today’s news is less than surprising. Google finally discontinued the entry-level Pixel Slate.
For the past couple of months, the device has been out of stock on the Google Store. Today, the Pixel Slate with the Celeron processor is nowhere to be found, as Google stopped selling it. From now on, you can only buy the mentioned device with the 8th generation of Intel’s m3, i5, and i7 CPUs. This can be hardly considered as bad news, as most of the users had an awful experience with the Celeron processor on the Pixel Slate, considering that it only had 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. What’s very good is that all other Pixel Slate versions are now discounted by $200, meaning that you can buy the m3 version with 8GB RAM and 64GB storage for $599, the same price as the Celeron version. If you’re a student, you can also get a 10% discount.
Android Police reached out to Google and here’s what they had to say about the situation:
We have stopped production on the G Store exclusive $599 and $699 Pixel Slate models. We remain committed to supporting these variants and will continue to stock Pixel Slate online and in stores – including our recent expansion to even more Best Buy locations.
Discontinuing the $599 and $699 Celeron versions of Pixel Slate was probably a good move. Many end-users would buy it in spite of saving money, only to find out that they will receive very poor performance and experience in general. Discounting the currently available Pixel Slate is good for those who are looking for a bang for the buck.
Via: Android Police
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