We know the Google Pixel Tablet is real and on the way – but we still don’t know much about it. Now, some of the slate’s key specs may have been revealed via code added under the hood to Android by Google engineers.
As seen by the developer Kuba Wojciechowski (opens in new tab) (through XDA developers (opens in new tab)), it seems likely that the Pixel tablet will come with the first-gen Tensor chipset that also powers the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones will be running the second-generation Tensor chip.
Other changes made to the code suggest we’re looking at 4GB of RAM and front and rear cameras that match the selfie camera on the Pixel 6 – so nothing too spectacular in terms of the quality of the photos you’ll be snapping.
A few months ago, Google announced its new Pixel-branded tablet. Not much is known except that it will be released in 2023, however I was able to find some details that are not yet known. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/NGdkg7XL3NSeptember 1, 2022
Stick to Wi-Fi
According to Wojciechowski, it doesn’t seem likely that there’s support for GPS or cellular connectivity on the Pixel Tablet – so you’ll have to use Wi-Fi if you want to go online with that particular slate.
Code excavation also confirmed that the tablet will act as a Google Nest Hub if you need it, giving you control over your smart home and access to various Google services. Of course, Google Assistant will be front and center, as you’d expect.
Put all these clues together and it looks like we’re looking at a family-friendly, low-cost tablet that’s perfect for browsing the web, following social media and watching videos – an iPad Pro isn’t much. based on this information.
Analysis: We need another Nexus 7
At first glance, these might seem like disappointing specs for the Pixel Tablet: an older processor, not much in the way of RAM, and no cellular connection option to stay connected on the go when a Wi-Fi connection isn’t available.
However, when it comes to tablets, sometimes it’s better to stick with the basics – especially if that means the price is lower. Many people don’t demand their tablet to be a productivity powerhouse, they just want to be able to check email and consume content.
Also look at the Google Nexus 7 – it’s been nearly a decade since the last version of this tablet came out, but it was a brilliant combination of specs that were good enough for most needs and a price almost anyone could afford.
Amazon has had a lot of success with its Fire tablets, which are also affordable tablets that do simple things well. We’ll know for sure what the Google Pixel Tablet has to offer when it launches, which will be sometime in 2023.