This post was published 6 months ago. Due to the rapidly evolving world of technology, some material it contains may no longer be applicable.
In the world of 6″ smartphone and convertible Chromebooks, traditional Android tablets have been left by the wayside. However, Google’s Pixel C tablet remains one of the best devices in this form-factor and Google has just dropped the price to make it a whole lot more attractive.
When this device launched it cost a rather substantial £479 (for the 64GB model). A 32GB model was offered for £100 less until Google discontinued that variant back in January. For that fairly hefty price tag you got a fast tablet with a beautiful screen and a very solid build but it was still a bit much for a device which many people use only on occasion.
Since then Google reduced the 64GB down to £404 here in the UK where it remained until very recently. Now Google has slashed prices again but this time the difference is a LOT more dramatic. Currently the Pixel C is priced way down at just £299 in the UK. In most of the rest of Europe it is now priced at a very reasonable €349 but in the US the price seems to remain at $599 and at the time of writing it is also out of stock there.
We wouldn’t recommend that anyone pay £400+ for a tablet that has been around since September 2015 but at £299 this could be quite an appealing offer for people who still like using tablets.
The Pixel C keyboard is also on sale until the end of the year. It is currently £73 instead of the usual £119 so if you are considering a Pixel C and fancy a keyboard to go with it now might be a good time to pick one up.
The Pixel C is still currently supported by Google (it is even in the 8.1 beta) and the hardware has aged very well. However, is not known how long this support will last as Google oddly hasn’t published any EOL date as of yet. It it probable that its Nvidia SoC is largely to thank for its long life as they seem to be providing support for much longer than Qualcomm tends to do for their chipsets.
That unknown end-of-life date might be something worth considering before you bite the bullet. Regardless, you’ll struggle to find a better pure tablet experience at this price point. And who knows, it could still be supported in a years time if the 3 year support of the Google’s Intel-powered Nexus Player is anything to go by.
So, anyone tempted at this new price? Maybe this could be a good Christmas present for someone you know? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Source: Google Store