Just when you thought Google was out of the tablet game, the company is back.Google teased a new Pixel tablet coming in 2023, with Google’s own .
Google’s history with tablets has been very dynamic. Google’s latest tablet, the Pixel Slate in 2018, attempted to be a Chrome tablet and Chromebook in one. Google stayed away from tablets after that, until now. According to Google’s head of hardware products Rick Osterloh, the Pixel tablet seeks to bring many of the features of Google’s Pixel phones into a larger tablet form, suggesting an Android environment. The return to tablets is part of a response to consumer interest, according to Osterloh.
The Pixel tablet is part of Google’s renewed push into Android tablets: The company also announced that some updates to the Android tablet operating system will start optimizing experiences for larger screens. The focus on tablets could also be to find ways to maximize Android on phones and larger foldable screen devices, which 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 this is what we know.
Has a Google Tensor chip: Google sees its own chip as the big draw in its next tablet, offering some of the same AI features as the. Google’s second-generation Tensor chip will be in its this fall, which suggests that it will be what the next Pixel tablet uses in 2023.
It will be a phone companion.: Osterloh referred to the tablet as a companion to the phone, suggesting many app transfer and merge features. Google’s focus on cross-device ambient computing is aimed at making headphones, voice assistants and other apps flow naturally from one device to another, and the Pixel tablet can emphasize that. Perhaps that also suggests that this tablet won’t have its own cellular connection?
It will be big and not cheap.: Osterloh confirmed during a Q&A with reporters ahead of Google I/O that the Pixel tablet will be on the “bigger side” and “more premium.” recent from samsungTablets have also been expensive and work with attached keyboards. Perhaps Google will take a similar approach with the Pixel Tablet.
It has a camera on the horizontal edge of the tablet.Note: Only a brief teaser image of the Pixel tablet was shown, and one thing caught my eye: a camera on the longest edge of the front screen. Apple iPads have cameras on the shorter edges, allowingvideo chats Google’s location, like Samsung’s, seems to be optimized for video chat in landscape mode and when connected with a keyboard like a laptop.
Is that a smart connector? Yes, we see those points on the back. That looks like a smart connector for keyboards and stuff.
We still don’t know the price of the tablet or anything else. But we will certainly know more before the tablet launches in 2023.
To learn more, check out everything else that was shown at Google I/O 2022, including the, , (here it is ) and the .