After a year of teasers, Google has finally announced the Google Pixel tablet. We first saw glimpses of this device during Google’s I/O of 2022. Now, the tablet is finally going to be released to the public – Google’s first tablet since 2018. According to Google, this tablet “is designed to be helpful 24/7 in your hand and in your home, and It is built with the latest Android features“.
From the charging speaker dock to the quad-speaker audio system (with 3 microphones), here are the top feature that comes with the Google Pixel tablet.
Charging Speaker Dock
Let us start with the most notable feature introduced to the Google Pixel Tablet – the Charging Speaker Dock. This charging dock is introduced to make the tablet a helpful part of users’ homes. Similar to what the Google Nest Hub offers. First off, the dock serves as a wireless charger that keeps your tablet charged up. It also has a 43.5mm full-range speaker that Google says offers four times the bass of the Pixel Tablet alone.
Furthermore, docking the Pixel Tablet enables what is referred to as Hub Mode. And according to Google, Hub Mode offers features like digital photo frame functionality, the ability to use Google Assistant without unlocking the tablet first, and the ability to use it as a smart home controller. This tablet also has Chromecast built-in, so you can cast videos or music from your phone to the tablet when it’s in Hub Mode.
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Google Tensor G2 chipset
The Google Pixel Tablet is powered by the Google Tensor G2 chipset (Google’s in-house chipset). This same chipset powers the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as the recently announced Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a. While the Tensor G2 chipset isn’t quite as powerful as a few high-end chipsets in the market (Like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and Apple’s A16 Bionic chipsets), it is still capable of delivering speedy, lag-free performance. This chipset is also supported by 8GB RAM and either 128 or 256GB of storage.
The Google Pixel Tablet will ship with Android 13, with the Google Material You UI slapped on it. The Material You UI customizes the color scheme of a device based on the wallpaper available on the display. That said; the Tablet will receive the Android 14 operating system when it is released later this year. According to Google, over 50 Google-branded apps have been optimized for the Pixel Tablet. Apps like Google Meet for video calls, and support for popular apps like Gmail, YouTube, etc.
Google announced that the Tablet (8GB/128GB) with Charging Speaker Dock will be on sale for $499 / £599 / €679. To pre-order online, you can visit Google’s official store. Note that pre-orders are available to users in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia at the Google Store. This device will start shipping on June 20.