Google’s first Android tablet in 7 years teased at I/O 2022

Google IO 2022 pixel tablet

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TL;DR

  • Google showed a sneak peak at a brand new Pixel tablet at Google I/O 2022.
  • The Tensor-powered tablet is Google’s first Android tablet since 2015’s Pixel C.
  • The Pixel Tablet will be fully revealed and released for sale in 2023.

Rejoice, Android tablet fans. After almost seven years, Google is back in the game with a new Pixel tablet. The tablet, only referred to as the “Pixel tablet,” was revealed in a sneak peak at Google I/O 2022 and was confirmed for a full reveal and retail release sometime in 2023.

The Pixel tablet, which looks a whole lot like what you’d get if you pulled the screen off of a Google Nest Hub Max, is the successor to the Chrome OS-powered Pixel Slate. It is also Google’s first Android-based tablet since the long-defunct Pixel C, which launched way back in 2015.

We know a few things about Google’s new tablet based on the reveal and a quick glimpse at the tablet in a sizzle reel. For starters, it’ll run on Google’s custom Tensor silicon. This will likely be the second-generation version, which is expected to debut inside the Pixel 7 later this year. We also know from Q&As with Google SVP of Devices and Services, Rick Osterloh, that the tablet will be on the “larger side” (via CNET).

The teaser video also shows the camera positioned in the middle of the landscape bezel, much like the Galaxy Tab S series, and notably unlike Apple’s iPads. This should make video calls much more natural due to the central position. Elsewhere, we can spot a single rear camera, a USB-C port flanked by two speakers, and a basic volume rocker.

As you might expect, the Pixel tablet’s version of Android appears to be very similar to the Material You flavor you’ll find on Pixel phones. We’ll have to wait and see how many of the unique tweaks in Android 12L carry over to the tablet, which, considering the release date, will surely run Android 13 or Android 14 out of the box.

There’s still plenty we don’t know aside from a firm release date, too. Most notably, we don’t know how much the Pixel Tablet will cost, only that it’ll be a “premium” tablet, according to Osterloh.

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While Google has been looking to improve the experience of Android on larger screens in recent months, the announcement of a Pixel tablet is still a big surprise coming just three years after Osterloh confirmed Google’s hardware team would be moving away from tablets in favor of laptops.

With no Pixelbook 2 in sight, it seems like tablets have become a top priority as Google looks to build out its product portfolio — a range which expanded further at Google I/O to include the Pixel Buds Pro and the long, long-awaited Pixel Watch.

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