Specifications of Google’s first tablet emerges online: Could dethrone iPad in terms of value

Google gave a sneak peek of the Pixel tablet during last year’s I/O event. This year, at I/O ’23 (set to kick off on May 10), the company is likely to unveil its highly anticipated tablet. Alongside this release, the event will also see the introduction of the Pixel 7a and Google’s maiden foldable device, the Pixel Fold.

Although Google has already revealed some details about the tablet, a recent leak occurred when an Amazon Japan listing (which has since been taken down) disclose everything about the device.

Google Pixel Tablet will feature an in-house Tensor chip

The listing provides confirmation that the Pixel Tablet will come with Google’s in-house Tensor G2 chip. It is the same system-on-a-chip (SoC) found in the Pixel 7 series, including the upcoming Pixel 7a. It will be accompanied by 8GB of RAM and a choice between 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Google Pixel Tablet Display

Additionally, the tablet will sport a 10.95-inch QHD+ LCD display. The panel will have a 16:10 aspect ratio and a rated brightness of 500 nits. Notably, it will support USI 2.0 stylus support for those who like to draw or create digital art.

The tablet will also have 8MP cameras on both the front and back with an f/2.0 aperture. However, the video recording capability will only be limited to 1080p resolution. The camera hardware on the Pixel Tablet will not match the quality of Pixel smartphones. But coming from Google, you can expect access to exclusive features like Magic Eraser and Photo Unblur.

The listing also reveals other specifications of the device. It includes quad speakers, 3 microphones, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, a 4-pin accessory connector, and a physical mute switch. Likewise, the connectivity options include WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and Ultrawide Band support.

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A separate charging/speaker dock

Furthermore, Google has officially confirmed that the Pixel Tablet will come with a charging cum speaker dock. This will bring along extra functionalities and convenience to the users. For instance, when you’re not using the tablet, you can simply dock it and use it as a smart hub while charging the device. This will enable you to control various smart home accessories, such as turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, and more.

Google Pixel Tablet Charging Dock

You will also be able to use the tablet as a photo frame while in dock mode. The built-in speakers in the dock will enhance the audio quality of the tablet. As a result, it can also be a perfect device for watching movies, listening to music, or making video calls. Leaks suggest that Google might bundle the dock with the tablet itself, so you wouldn’t need to purchase it separately.

Google Pixel Tablet: Price

Although Google is yet to disclose the official price, the Amazon Japan Listing suggests it could cost 79,800 yen (~$592). For that price, the Pixel tablet could offer great value for users. And there’s finally a possibility that it could challenge Apple’s dominance in the tablet market. Since Google has complete control over both the hardware and software of the device, it can finally tune the user experience to create a worthy competitor in this space.

At a similar price, you’ll have the option to choose a 10th Gen iPad. But it only offers 64GB of storage—a meager amount for those with storage-intensive apps. So you can choose the 256GB option which will cost you $599. But even then, you’d be limited to the support of the first-generation Apple Pencil. In contrast, the Pixel Tablet likely presents a more enticing option. It will come with updated hardware and compatibility with the support for the latest accessories. Rumors suggest that the charging/speaker dock might even be included in the price, making it an unbeatable deal.

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