Google’s ‘Premium’ Pixel Tablet Is on the Way for 2023

Just when you thought Google was out of the tablet game, the company is back at it. At least now I/O developer conferenceGoogle teased a new Pixel tablet launching in 2023 that will include Google’s own tensor chip.

Google’s history with tablets has been very checkered. Google’s last tablet, the Pixel Slate in 2018, tried to be a Chrome tablet and Chromebook in one. Google has moved away from tablets since then. According to Rick Osterloh, head of Google hardware products, the Pixel tablet is instead intended to bring many of the features of Google’s Pixel phones to a larger tablet form, hinting at an Android environment. The return to tablets is part of a response to consumer interest, according to Osterloh.

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The Pixel tablet is part of a renewed push by Google towards Android tablets: the company also announced that some Android OS updates for tablets will begin optimizing experiences for larger screens. The focus on tablets could also be finding ways to maximize Android on larger phones and foldable-screen devices that are already blurring the lines between tablet and phone.

Very little is known about the upcoming Pixel tablet and we don’t expect it to be foldable. But here’s what we do know.

The front of the Pixel tablet

A look at the front of the Pixel Tablet. bezels? Yes.

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It has a Google Tensor chip: Google sees its own chip as a big draw for its next tablet, which offers some of the same AI capabilities as that Pixel6. It will feature Google’s second-generation Tensor chip Pixel 7 phones this fall, suggesting the next Pixel tablet will be used in 2023.

It will be a phone companion: Osterloh described the tablet as a companion to the telephone and suggested many transfer functions and the integration of apps. Google’s focus on cross-device ambient computing is aimed at allowing headphones, voice assistants, and other apps to flow naturally from one device to another, and the Pixel tablet likes to emphasize that. Maybe that also indicates that this tablet will not have its own cellular connection?

It will be big and not cheap: Osterloh confirmed during a Q&A with reporters ahead of the Google I/O that the Pixel tablet will be on the “bigger side” and “finer”. Samsung is new Galaxy Tab S8 Tablets were also on the expensive side and work with keyboards attached. Maybe Google is doing something similar with the Pixel Tablet.

The back of the Pixel tablet

Is this a smart plug?

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It has a camera on the edge of the tablet: Only a brief teaser image was shown of the Pixel tablet, and one thing caught my eye: a camera on the longer edge of the front-facing display. Apple’s iPads have cameras on the shorter edges, which makes for that strangely off-center video chats. Google’s placement, like Samsung’s, seems optimized for video chatting in landscape mode and when connected to a keyboard like a laptop.

Is this a smart plug? Yes, we see these dots on the back. This looks like a smart connector for keyboards and other stuff.

We don’t know anything about the price of the tablet or anything else yet. But we’ll no doubt know more before the tablet’s release in 2023.

For more information, see everything that was shown at Google I/O 2022, including the pixel clock, Pixel 6A, Android 13 (Here is Here’s how to download the beta now) and the Pixel Buds Pro.

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