Officially, we still haven’t received many details about the Google Pixel Tablet, other than the fact that it exists and is coming in 2023. Unofficially, the leaks are filling in some of the blanks when it comes to what we can expect on this slate.
As reported by 91 furniture (opens in new tab) and Kuba Wojciechowski (opens in new tab)the Pixel Tablet has apparently entered the engineering validation test (EVT) phase, meaning it has moved beyond the prototype stage and is now being tested in-house.
When it comes to specs, 128GB and 256GB storage options are apparently on the way. The tablet is also said to support Wi-Fi 6 and will come with a 10.95-inch screen – which is definitely the big size for what we think will be a budget tablet.
putting the pieces together
Some of the features reported in the latest leak have come before: a Google-made stylus is said to be being made for the Pixel Tablet, for example, and we previously heard that the slate would come with stylus support.
Previous rumors pointed to the tablet appearing with 4GB of RAM. Add in the first-gen Tensor chipset, which Google has confirmed will power the device, and that looks a lot like something on the more affordable end of the scale.
Consumers who want a premium option may also have something to look forward to, as hints about a Pixel Tablet Pro have been spotted in Android code. It is possible that more than one model will be on the market before the end of 2023.
Analysis: Budget tablet wars
Ignoring the Pixel Tablet Pro rumor for a moment, from what we’ve heard so far, this sounds a lot like a budget Android tablet – something cheap and cheerful for consuming media, checking email, and browsing social media.
You may have noticed that Amazon just updated its 8-inch Amazon Fire HD tablet series, which offers good enough tablet specs for little money. The standard edition of the tablet with 32GB of storage will cost $99 / £99.
There are many other candidates in the field as well. The 8-inch Nokia T10 was announced earlier this year and offers 32GB of storage for £129 in the UK (approximately $140/AU$215 with a direct conversion).
That’s the market Google is entering with its Pixel Tablet, and it hopes its combination of sleek hardware, clean software, and an attractive price tag will be enough to change a serious number of these devices.