Those looking to pick up the cheaper Celeron version of the Google Pixel Slate are now out of luck, Android Police reported today. With the removal of the cheaper options, the Google Store now only offers the Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 models.
When Android Authority reached out to Google, a spokesperson issued the following statement:
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’s decision to get rid of the Celeron version isn’t surprising, since it’s seemingly been out of stock for months. Also, Google’s $200 discount means that the Core m3 version now starts at $599. Seeing how the Celeron version also started at $599, it might not make business sense to maintain production and lower it to $399.
There’s also the matter of performance. Product reviewers Marques Brownlee and Lon.TV got their hands on the Celeron version of the Pixel Slate and didn’t recommend it to anyone. Subsequent updates may have helped with performance issues, but we’re still talking about a Celeron-powered flagship tablet for at least $599.