Google stops selling the entry-level Pixel Slate with the Celeron processor
In recent years, Google has put serious investment into its hardware business. They manufactured three series of Pixel smartphones as well as the Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate. The latter wasn’t that well received by reviewers, 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 having the Intel Kaby Lake Celeron 3965Y CPU and 4GB of RAM at a price of $599. This particular version didn’t win any awards for its performance, that’s why today’s news is less than surprising: Google finally discontinued the entry-level Pixel Slate.
For the past few 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 hardly be considered bad news, as most users had an awful experience with the Celeron processor on the device, considering that it only had 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. On the flip side, all other Pixel Slate variants 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.” – Google spokesperson
Discontinuing the $599 and $699 Celeron versions of the Pixel Slate was probably a good move by Google. Many end-users probably bought it to save some money, only to find out that they were receiving a device with very poor performance. Discounting the currently available Pixel Slate is good for those who want a decent Chromebook tablet.
Via: Android Police