Google has already told us it’s working on a Pixel Tablet, with a full reveal slated for 2023, but it looks like there’s also an as-yet-unannounced Pro version of the slate coming as well.
Some digging the latest Android 13 code by 9to5Google (opens in new tab) revealed evidence of a tablet codenamed “tangorpro”. Given that the standard Pixel Tablet is codenamed “tangor” in Android code, you can see the obvious connection.
The only other information revealed here is that the Pixel Tablet Pro appears to be using a different rear camera sensor than the standard tablet – and you’d expect camera upgrades to be one of the ways the two models differ.
What we know and what we don’t know
While the existence of the Pixel Tablet is official, there isn’t much more to it. We know what it will be like and that it will be running the same Tensor chipset that is in the Google Pixel 6 phones, but beyond that we are counting on leaks and rumors.
It looks like the slate will come with some sort of pen holder – although that doesn’t mean one will be included. Meanwhile, Android code edits suggest we’re looking at an affordable tablet with a modest set of specs.
If that’s the case, it would make sense that Google would also work on a high-end premium model – something that offers better performance for productivity on the go, as we’ve seen from Apple with the iPad Pro.
Analysis: Google’s hardware expansion continues
Google’s hardware lineup is now expanding rapidly as it seems to rival Apple in almost every product category. Next month, we expect to see the debut of the Google Pixel Watch, along with the full reveal of the Google Pixel 7 phones.
Add one or more tablets and Google really makes sure all product categories are covered. In case you forgot, it also makes smart speakers and smart displays and also has its own line of mesh networking devices.
We also have Google wireless headphones, security cameras and laptops – although Google’s last Chromebook was the Pixelbook Go released in 2019. If you need Google-branded devices, you have plenty of options.
The Pixel smartphone series sits at the center of this ongoing expansion, with the solid flagship models Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on which other devices such as tablets and smartwatches can be built. We’ll have to wait and see if the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Tablet Pro can attract the same kind of consumer interest.