So long, Pixel C: the hybrid tablet is gone from the Google Store

So long, Pixel C: the hybrid tablet is gone from the Google Store
The Google Pixel C was a quirky little tablet with a cool magnetically-attached keyboard, introduced way back in December of 2015. It didn't enjoy much popularity — despite being marketed as a productivity machine, it ran pretty much vanilla Android and it was pricey, starting at $499 with the keyboard being a separate $149 buy. Still, it had its fandom.

If you've been waiting for the right time for the Pixel C's price to drop and the stars to align themselves in the right way so you could pull the trigger and buy one, that moment is quickly fleeting. The Google Pixel C has been silently pulled from the Google Store.

Google still has a tablet on sale, though — the Pixel C is succeeded by the Google Pixelbook. Another laptop-tablet hybrid, which also has a stylus — the Pixelbook Pen (sold seperately). The bad news is that it'll cost you $899 right now, with the pen being a $99 extra.

You can still bolt over to Ebay to grab a second-hand or old stock Pixel C — there are plenty to go around. They are still holding a rather high price, but at least Google is still committed to keeping them up to date. An Android 8.0 Oreo update is live and security patches are still flowing.

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Pixel C
  • Display 10.2" 2560 x 1800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra X1, Octa-core
  • Storage 64 GB

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6 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No one, in his right mind, would go for Pixel Tablet instead of a real 'computer' that runs Windows 10. Tablets running Android OS are almost dead. I doubt one can find an Android Tablet running the latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 with 6 Gigs or more of RAM. And Microsoft put the last nail in their coffin with Windows 10 ARM! Would love to own an Windows 10 Machine running on SD835! But with that being said; iPads definitely have a niche and I doubt they're going to disappear like Android Tabs but still... Their sales are plummeting, despite Apple's efforts to make iPad's version of iOS11 as 'productive' and close to a fully fledged desktop OS as possible. After all; It's STILL a glorified iPhone with bigger display and optional gadgets like stylus and physical keyboards and no possibility to run desktop grade 'softwares' (as opposed to apps). Oh well, G'Day!

3. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

People buying the Pixel C are not looking for a laptop replacement, they're looking an Android tablet, the keyboard and added flexibity that provides is just a bonus. I bought one in 2015 and I have no regrets, I already have a high end PC, I have no use for a laptop.

6. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Greenman LOL! Windows should have stayed in the laptop or desktop category! Here's the following reason: 1. The OS is purely built and optimized for intel and AMD platform. Not for ARM! 2. How would you run those windows apps and games on a ARM chipset if their requirements is an intel or amd processor? 3. The mobile GPU is much different from the desktop. So How would you run a windows app or games on a mobile gpu? 4. Almost all the apps and games from the windows are purely made to use a CISC instruction. In a mobile platform which has RISC instruction. How can you run those apps without any problems at all? So don't try to push like the windows 10 running on ARM platform would perform better. And majority of people around the world had any care of owning a windows 10 tablet. So the tablet category remains on the ios and android platform.

2. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

The Pixel C was a fantastic device for traveling light. Paired with a bluetooth trackball or mouse, it was a perfect ultralight. The Pixelbook is an interesting, pricier successor that's a harder sell in value. My Pixel never displayed its alleged flaws; like the Nexus 7 2013, I'll use it until software inflation catches up to its hardware.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I had planned to buy one but there were too many small problems surrounding it, e.g. the WiFi issue. I don't think I trust a device that wasn't actually built with using Android as it's original purpose. Also a lack of use of the hardware at hand since this X1 had less feature support than the Shield TV's version

5. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

My wife got me Samsung Chromebook Pro for Christmas and I finally retired my Pixel C. It was a decent tablet, but it was showing its age against my iPad Pro 10.5. I was on Reddit and many people were talking about how they got the new Samsung Chromebook Plus to upgrade their Pixel C, and since I wanted it more for Linux, I started talking about getting the Pro. The Samsung is a bit bigger, but I am really enjoying it.

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