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Google’s Pixel Tablet falls back to an all-time low of $399 Engadget

Truly great Android tablets are uncommon, but the Google Pixel Tablet stands out among them for its ability to function like a smart display. If you’ve been interested in picking one up, the 11-inch slate is back on sale for $399 at several retailers, including Amazon, Target, Wellbots, and Google’s online store. We’ve seen this $100 discount a couple of times over the past month, but it nevertheless matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. This deal applies to the 128GB versions of the device in each colorway; if you need more storage space, the 256GB models are also $100 off at $499. Google says the offer will run through December 17, and it comes as part of a wider range of Pixel device deals the company is running this week.

We note the Pixel Tablet in our tablet buying guide, and Engadget Deputy Editor Cherlynn Low gave the device a review score of 85 this past June. Taken purely as a tablet, it’s not as pleasant as the top Android pick in our guide, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S9: It uses an LCD panel instead of OLED, the screen is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and Samsung’s software experience is generally better-suited to multitasking and productivity. But for $350 or so less, the Pixel Tablet’s 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display, Tensor G2 chip and 5,000mAh battery are still more than nice enough for video streaming, gaming, web browsing and other casual tablet tasks. Google says it’ll support the device with OS updates through June 2026 (with security updates through June 2028), though, as with all Android tablets, some apps aren’t as optimized for large screens here as they are on iPads.

What sets the Pixel Tablet apart is the dock that comes with it, which serves as both a charger and a dedicated speaker. When you pop the tablet onto that, it can go into a "Hub Mode" and work along the lines of a Nest Hub Max. It’s not quite as seamless, but you can still use the Google Assistant to control certain smart home devices, cast video from a phone, showcase photos, stream music and the like. If you’ve been in the market for both a tablet and smart display anyway, this is a clever compromise, though you should still want the former first and foremost.

A few other Google devices we recommend are also on sale. The top Android picks in our guide to the best smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, are down to $531 and $799, respectively. The former applies to a 256GB model and beats the deal we saw on Black Friday by $78. Beyond that, the 4K Chromecast has dropped back to $38, the entry-level Nest Thermostat is down to $90 and the Pixel Watch 2 is still down to a low of $300.

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This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://ift.tt/w2Lb6j3 Jeff Dunn

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