Google originally previewed the Pixel Tablet at its Google I/O 2022 press event, and then revealed further details at its October 6 event. Google is positioning the new tablet as an addition to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, as well as the new Pixel Watch, which were unveiled at the October event. Rumors say that a second “Pro” tablet is still in the pipeline. A Google Pixel Tablet powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip is expected release date of 2023.
Here’s everything we know so far about Google’s Pixel tablet, which should be excellent enough to make our list of the best tablets on the market.
Google Pixel tablet: Price and release date speculation
Thus far we don’t know much about the Pixel tablet, but we do know the release date will be sometime in 2023. Pricing still remains unknown.
We could see it debut any time that year, but realistically it’s unlikely that Google would bring this new tablet to market early in 2023. It seems far more likely that the Pixel tablet would debut in the spring or fall when Google has traditionally released hardware.
Design of the Google Pixel tablet
We got a brief glimpse of the tablet during the Google I/O 2022 event where it was unveiled, and it appears to be a pretty bland-looking tablet.
According to creator Kuba Wojciechowski, the Pixel Tablet might offer a large screen with a massive 10.95-inch display. Google has claimed that the display will be on the bigger side, positioning the device to compete with smart displays such as the Amazon Echo Show 10 as well as other tablets. So far, this rumour appears to be true.
Another report is that the Google Pixel Tablet, codenamed “Tangor” on the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) website, will have a stylus. Google clearly mentioned at its October presentation that it is working with developers on apps that allow pen input, so whether or not the Pixel Tablet has a stylus, it appears it will support one.
Google Pixel tablet specifications
The Google Pixel tablet might be equipped with a first-generation Tensor processor, which will deliver a suite of AI and smart capabilities, while 4GB of RAM will keep costs down. However, we now know that the Pixel Tablet will be powered by Google’s new Tensor G2 technology, so the RAM speculation should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Pixel Tablet may have 128GB or 256GB of internal storage and will support WiFi 6. Apart from wifi, it may not have GPS or cellular capability. According to the source, Google is preparing its own USI 2.0 (Universal Pen Compatibility) stylus for the tablet, as well as support for third-party styluses. Google has now stated during its October presentation that it is working with multiple app developers on both stylus and split-screen functionality.
Google Pixel tablet Camera specifications
It’s worth noting that both the front and rear sensors are expected to use the IMX355 technology from the Pixel 6’s selfie camera. Indeed, Google has stated that it wants the tablet to have many of the same capabilities as the Pixel smartphone, so this hardware speculation might be another indicator of that.
Google Pixel tablet with Android 13
This was part of a bigger campaign to promote all of the new Android 13 features, including several that should shine on the Google Pixel tablet.
Most importantly, Google has pledged to update more than 20 of its own applications to make them more useful and useable on “big screen” Android devices such as tablets (as opposed to “small screen” devices like phones). Furthermore, the tablet interface will be revamped so that you can view more information at a glance and have constant access to a taskbar that runs down the bottom. As you might anticipate, drag-and-drop capabilities across apps will be available.
While we’re still learning what to anticipate from Android 13, we do know that it will have support for virtual surround sound, customised third-party icons, Bluetooth LE audio, notification permissions, and improved energy management tools. And, given that Android 12L made so many modest improvements to the general experience of using Android on a tablet, Android 13 is expected to continue that trend.
To be fair, the Android tablet market might benefit from some competition.The market has some of the best Android tablets, and you’ll see a slew of Samsung tablets, including the fantastic Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
It would be fantastic to see Google introduce a new competitor that can compete with Samsung’s top tablets; we’ll have to wait and see if the Pixel Tablet can do it.