Google Unveils Pixel Tablet: Affordable and Feature-Packed at $499

During its annual I/O developer conference today, Google took a momentary pause from mentioning “AI” repeatedly to announce some fresh hardware. As anticipated, along with the Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a, the Pixel Tablet has been formally launched, bringing an end to its lengthy period of speculation. Originally teased last year, it’s certainly been a long wait for consumers.

The Pixel Tablet features a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 10.95-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1600, 276 PPI, and a brightness of 500 nits. The display is surrounded by noticeable black or white bezels, housing an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a 1.12 μm pixel size, ƒ/2.0 aperture, and an 84° field of view. The Gorilla Glass 3 on the display comes with an anti-smudge coating and supports USI 2.0 stylus pens.

The Pixel Tablet is equipped with Google’s Tensor G2 chipset, which is designed for optimal AI performance. The device also includes the Titan M2 security coprocessor for improved security. The Pixel Tablet comes with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and is available in two storage configurations: 128GB and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The power button, which also doubles as a fingerprint sensor, and the volume rocker are located on the top edge of the device.

The Pixel Tablet comes with a pair of 8 MP fixed focus cameras that appear to be identical, with one located on the front and the other on the back. The power button on the tablet has a built-in fingerprint sensor for secure authentication.

The front-facing camera is specifically designed for video calls, with features like Portrait Mode and continuous framing available for use in Google Meet. Both the front and back cameras are capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS. However, it’s worth noting that the Pixel Tablet does not support face unlock, so you’ll need to use the fingerprint sensor for authentication purposes.

The tablet is powered by a 27-watt-hour battery that provides up to 12 hours of video streaming. It runs on the latest Android 13 operating system and will receive five years of software updates. The device also boasts four speakers and three microphones, making it perfect for both entertainment and conferencing purposes. The Pixel Tablet will be available in Porcelain, Hazel, and Rose color options.

The Pixel Tablet has a quad-speaker audio system with two elongated cutouts on each side, while the USB-C port is located on the right edge. The bottom edge features long protrusions that can be used to prop up the device on various surfaces, and it weighs in at 17.4oz (493g). Additionally, the tablet is equipped with a three-microphone system that is perfect for Google Assistant and conferencing.

The package comes with the Pixel Tablet and a charging speaker dock along with a power brick. The dock has a magnetic docking interface that uses pogo pins and offers a maximum charging rate of 15W. It has a full-range speaker with a diameter of 43.5mm.

When the Pixel Tablet is docked, any music that is playing will seamlessly transfer to the Charging Speaker Dock, complete with a pleasing onscreen animation. The dock features a 43.5-mm speaker that delivers four times the bass of the Pixel Tablet alone. Additionally, when the tablet and dock are connected, you can Cast audio to the Pixel Tablet. However, the dock cannot be used as an independent casting target for audio when the tablet is not docked.

The Pixel Tablet’s rear case is designed with rounded corners and has a soft matte finish thanks to its nanoceramic coating. Underneath the ‘G’ logo, there are four pogo pin connectors that allow for both power and audio transfer to the charging speaker dock. Additionally, magnets on both sides of the connection ensure a smooth docking experience, both physically and in the software.

The Pixel Tablet is available for purchase starting today, and it comes with a $499 price tag in the US, £599 in the UK, and €679 in Germany. You can pre-order it now from the Google Store in several countries, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia, and it will be officially released on June 20.

Pixel Tablet specs:

  • Display: 10.95″ LCD, 2560×1600
  • Processor: Tensor G2, Titan M2
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 8MP
  • Battery: 27Wh, charging via dock (15W) or USB-C
  • Audio: 4 speakers
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, UWB
  • Other: USI 2.0 stylus support, fingerprint sensor
  • Size: 258 x 169 x 8.1mm, 493g
  • In the box: Tablet, charging speaker dock, power adapter, start guide
  • Model: GA04750

A range of accessories are available for the Pixel Tablet, including the Pixel Tablet Case, which provides protection against scratches and drops, and features a polished metal ring stand. Additionally, there is the speck StandyShell Case for added protection.

Pre-orders for the tablet are available now in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. To protect your investment, Google is offering a Pixel Tablet Case (as shown in the picture) for $79 (£89, €99).



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