Google has already told us that it runs on a Pixel tablet, with a full unveiling expected in 2023, but there appears to be an unannounced Pro version as well.
Some delve into the latest Android 13 cheat by 9do5Google (opens in a new tab) revealed evidence of the existence of a tablet code-named “tangorpro”. Given that the standard Pixel Tablet is codenamed “tangor” in Android’s code, you can see the obvious connection.
The only other curiosity revealed here is that the Pixel Tablet Pro seems to use a different rear camera sensor than the standard tablet – and you’d expect the camera updates to be one of the ways the two models differ.
What we know and what we don’t know
While the Pixel Tablet’s existence is official, there’s not much else about it. We know what it will look like and that it will work with the same Tensor chipset that is on the Google Pixel 6 phones, but otherwise we rely on leaks and rumors.
It looks like the tablet will have some form of stylus support – though that doesn’t mean it will be attached. Meanwhile, changes to Android’s code suggest we’re looking for an inexpensive tablet with a modest set of specs.
If that happens, it would make sense for Google to also be working on a higher-end, premium model – something that offers better performance for productivity on the go, as we’ve seen with Apple with the iPad Pro.
Analysis: Google’s hardware development continues
Google’s line of hardware is growing rapidly as it looks like it can take on Apple in almost any product category. Next month, we expect the debut of the Google Pixel Watch, along with a full presentation of the Google Pixel 7 phones.
Add one or more tablets and Google will really make sure each product category is covered. In case you forgot, it also makes smart speakers and smart displays, and has its own range of mesh networking devices.
We also have wireless earbuds from Google, security cameras, and laptops – although the last Google Chromebook was the Pixelbook Go launched in 2019. If you need Google-branded devices, you have a choice.
The Pixel smartphone series feels at the center of this constant expansion, with the robust flagship Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models around 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 manage to attract the same consumer interest.