Launched in 2015, Google’s Pixel C was an intriguing, if experimental, tablet that was supposed to have run ChromeOS. Sold at a whopping USD599/MYR2,430, it ended up being an Android tablet in the end, albeit a very good one. Two years on, Google has quietly pulled it from the Google Store.
The Pixel C was Google’s answer to the Apple iPad Air 2 and Microsoft Surface 3. It was touted for its premium aluminium build and design, gorgeous screen and high-end performance.
It sported a 10.2-inch IPS (2560×1800) display, powered by the NVIDIA X1 quad-core chipset, boasted 3GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. It had an optional Bluetooth keyboard that doubled as a removable cover. It ran Android 6.0 Marshmalllow at launch, and has since received Android 8.0 Oreo, which finally brought sought-after productive features like split-screen multitasking.
Google pulled the 32GB version a while back but kept the 64GB variant lingering in its store. Until now.
Here’s Google’s statement on the “retirement” of the Pixel C:
“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale. However, we are committed to updating and supporting it, including the recent update to Android 8.0, so customers can continue to get the best out of their device. Our newly launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device.”
The URL that used to point to the Pixel C now brings you to the Pixelbook. The future now lies with the Pixelbook 2-in-1 convertible and with Chrome OS.
Will Google make another Android tablet? Who knows.