Google delivered the first tablet in the new Pixel family of devices, and we were all excited about it. Named the Pixel Tablet, this device integrates seamlessly with the other Pixel devices.
If you have some questions about this device, don’t worry. Here’s a full rundown of everything you’ll need to know about it. It covers the important questions that people will have about this tablet. Think of it as a guide to see if this should be your next tablet.
At the time of writing this, the Pixel Tablet is still up for pre-order. You can put your pre-order in now. General sales will starts in June.
How will the docking feature work?
This is the Pixel Tablet’s headlining feature. The tablet has four connector pins on the back, and it will use them to connect to a stationary dock.
This dock serves two purposes. For starters, it will be a charger that will keep it topped off and powered on. As for the other feature, the dock will turn it into the equivalent of a Nest Hub display.
This will make the Pixel Tablet the best of both worlds between tablets and smart displays. You’ll be able to use it as a regular tablet for work and play and dock it if you need to use it as a Nest Hub.
What kind of specs does this tablet have
These specs are pretty on par for a tablet of this caliber. The Pixel Tablet has a large 10.95-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. That’s 160 pixel more than a 1440p display. Also, it’s an LCD display with a peak brightness of 500 nits.
As for the internals, this tablet uses Google’s in-house Tenser G2 chip to power the device. This is the same chip that’s powering the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. We’re looking at 8GB of RAM backed up by 128GB/256GB of storage.
As for the battery, we don’t have an official capacity. Google has been pretty sneaky about the capacity, but it did say that it will last the table 12 hours on a full charge.
However, one picture shows the device with 70% left in the tank. Next to that, we see that the system estimated 15 hours and 54 minutes of battery life remaining. Hopefully, that points to really good battery life.
There will be quad speakers for this device, which is pretty standard for modern tablets. Two speakers will sit on the left side and two on the right.
As for the camera tech, the Pixel Tablet has an 8MP camera on the front and an 8MP camera on the back. They’re not meant to be impressive, but we will see how they perform with Google’s amazing AI processing. You’re more likely to use the front camera if you’re going to be doing video calls.
One thing that differentiates this tablet from a smart display is the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner.
What materials is it made from?
The Pixel Tablet will definitely have a premium feel to it. Google announced that the chassis for the tablet will be made from 100% recycled aluminum. On top of that, the company coated it in a nano-ceramic finish.
Google coated the chassis with microscopic particles of ceramic to give it a unique feeling. The company said that it was inspired by the feeling of porcelain, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it to find out!
What software will it launch with?
The Pixel Tablet will launch with Android 13 out of the box. What’s fortunate about that is that it has the tablet optimizations that Google’s been working on since late 2021 with Android 12L.
The majority of Google’s first-party apps have been reworked to operate on larger screens. So, apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and others will look perfect on the tablet’s large display.
Also, the notification shade will be split into two columns to better accommodate a landscape screen. There will be an app dock on the bottom that will house apps for quick access as well.
Those are the main changes that Google brought, and there are plenty more in the software. Since this is both Google’s hardware and software, we can expect both to work great with one another.
How many variants will there be?
There is only one variant of the Pixel Tablet, and that one has two storage configurations. Everything else about the tablet is the same.
Will this tablet have stylus support?
It seems likely. Back in May 2022, the Pixel Tablet was certified by the USI (Universal Stylus Initiative). This is an entity that wants to create a standard for stylus compatibility across different devices. So, if the Pixel Tablet was certified by this company, that means that it should be compatible with stylus input.
A new report from January 2023 further confirms that this device will come with stylus support. The report also says that the tablet will use Fast Pair to connect with the stylus. With the Fast Pair technology, the user will be able to easily see the battery percentage of the stylus.
How much does the Pixel Tablet cost?
The price for the Pixel Tablet was one of the biggest questions in the air. It’s meant to go up against the likes of the Galaxy Tabs and the iPads of the world. However, there’s good news on the price front. The Pixel Tablet costs $499. That price also includes the charging dock.
That’s a great deal for a tablet like this. It’s running a flagship processor, has a pixel-dense display, has the latest version of Android, and much more. Google priced the tablet pretty well.
As for the dock accessory, this costs $129 by itself. So, if something happens and you need to pick up a replacement, that’s what you’ll need to pay.