Google unveiled a new tablet as its latest showcase, and while detailed information is still scarce, here’s what we know so far.
Google will unveil its brand new Pixel Tablet on October 6, 2022, alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as the Pixel Watch. While the company was tight-lipped about the specifics, we did get a taste of what to expect from the large-screen device. Here are the key features we currently know about.
Price and Availability
At this time, we don’t have any official pricing information for the Pixel Tablet, and there’s a reason for that. Despite being teased at Google I/O 2022 in May and now being fleshed out at the October 6 launch event, the tablet will not be available until sometime in 2023.
Design and Screen
As with other key product launches at the event, the design was a major talking point for this tablet. The Pixel product line is distinguished by its “premium materials and finishes,” which include a ceramic rear panel with “smooth rounded corners.”
While the display was described as “beautiful,” no specifications or even sizing were given.
Specifications and Features
The Pixel Tablet’s main hardware announcement was the use of the Tensor G2 chipset, which will also be found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. This is the follow-up to Google’s first attempt at a mobile processor, the Tensor chip, which debuted last year on the Pixel 6 series.
This chipset, according to Google, will provide “advanced image processing and machine learning” capabilities to the Pixel Tablet, while its “personalized intelligence and understanding” will reportedly aid “video calling, photo editing, and hands-free help with Google Assistant.”
A common criticism leveled at Android tablets is a lack of software optimization, which Google addressed directly at the announcement event. Google has stated that “apps will take advantage of large-screen features,” and that stylus support will be provided. Material You, the custom color-themed interfaces found on Pixel phones, will also be available on the Pixel Tablet.
Google revealed at the event that it had conducted research into how tablets were used, and discovered that they were “homebodies,” which stayed in users’ homes for around 80% of the time and were only used for a small portion of the day; when not in use, they were popped in a draw, misplaced, left on the floor as a tripping hazard, and frequently ran out of battery. With this context, the manufacturer unveiled its new charging dock for the Pixel Tablet.
This dock is said to “reimagine how a tablet can be useful all of the time,” because it can charge the device and function as a smart speaker while it’s on the magnetic stand. The tablet was shown to provide “easy control of all smart home devices,” such as lights, and to display a Google Photos slideshow while in standby mode.