If it feels like the Google Pixel Tablet was unveiled ages ago, it’s because it was. The tablet was first unveiled at Google IO 2022 and later unveiled at Google I/O 2023 alongside the Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a. With Tensor 2 and Android 13 on board, it’s an ambitious foray into the turbulent tablet market.
Here’s everything we know so far about Google’s first Android tablet in over half a decade.
To the point
- What is this? A new tablet from Google
- when is it coming out? June 2023
- How much does it cost? $499 / £599 / AU$899
Google Pixel tablet release date and price
The Pixel tablet was pre-ordered on May 10 after Google’s IO event. It will set you back $499 / £599 / AU$899 for the tablet along with the included speaker dock, which is priced separately at $129 / £105 / AU$150. The tablet will ship on June 20 and will be available from Google’s online store and other major retailers.
The price sees it undercut the iPad Air in some regions and match it in others such as the UK. This might be a tough sell given Apple’s advantage over tablets, but Google’s offering might win you over.
Google Pixel tablet design and display
The Pixel Tablet is a rather simple and minimalist case, made of aluminum and combined with a neo-ceramic coating. From the design – which is a bit like the Google Home Hub without the stand – we’d assume it’s mid-range rather than high-end slate, so it could be more of a competitor to the entry-level iPad 10.2 or iPad Air (2022) than to the iPad Pro 11 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, if not for prices in certain regions. The Pixel Tablet is available in the colors Porcelain, Hazel and Rose (or white, green and pink).
As for the display, it is 2560 x 1600 10.95 inches. Unfortunately, there was no sign of the high refresh rate found in tablets like the iPad Pro or the new OnePlus Pad.
Special features of the Google Pixel tablet
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When shipped, the Pixel Tablet will run Android – specifically Android 13, which is designed to run better on devices with large screens after building Android 12L. Being a Google device, it’s sure to get plenty of software updates – and fast.
The Pixel tablet is also designed to work with the speaker charging dock shown in the image below. This turns your tablet into a smart home device, similar to the Google Home Hub or Nest Hub Max. As the name suggests, it can both charge your Pixel tablet and offer better speakers than the tablet itself.
Google Pixel tablet specifications
The Google Pixel Tablet is powered by the same Tensor G2 processor as the Pixel 7 and has 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage. Google says you can watch up to 12 hours of video on a full charge.
For more on the latest tablet hardware, check out our guide to the best Android tablets in 2023.