The Google Pixel Tablet is taking its time on the journey between the device’s first reveal (May 2022) and it actually being available for purchase (sometime in 2023), and that means a wide window of opportunity for leaks and rumors.
As determined by the team in 9to5Google (opens in new tab)we may have first seen the software running on the Pixel Tablet, via a blog post (opens in new tab) in the keyboard shortcut updates coming to the Google Keep app on Android.
It’s hard to know for sure, but it makes sense that Google’s engineers are already using the tablet internally, and the GIF size scales to the Pixel Tablet’s expected screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The animated image doesn’t tell us much about what the Pixel Tablet looks like in terms of software, but we can see a row of icons docked at the bottom of the screen and the familiar Android status bar at the top.
That status bar is larger than it would normally be on an Android phone, making room for what appears to be a Google account toggle button – allowing you to quickly jump between different users on the device.
The green and black color scheme matches some of the promotional stuff (opens in new tab) which Google has also released, further evidence that this image was in fact taken from a Pixel Tablet running Android 12L.
Analysis: what we know so far
When it comes to what we know so far about the Google Pixel Tablet, we have a hodgepodge of officially confirmed details, plus some unofficial leaks and rumors. For example, Google itself said that the tablet will use the same Tensor G2 chipset that runs the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones.
We also know that there will be a Charging Speaker Dock accessory available for the Google Pixel Tablet that will charge the slate and also turn it into a sort of smart hub for the home – much like the Google Nest Hub, in fact.
When it comes to unconfirmed rumors, a 10.95-inch display, Wi-Fi 6, and 128GB and 256GB internal storage options have all been mentioned. There have also been rumors that the tablet will come equipped with 4GB of RAM.
These leaks suggest something a little more mid-range than premium, but we’ll have to wait and see to be sure. Google has told us the device will appear sometime in 2023 – we can’t be more precise than that, but considering it was announced in May 2022, we’d expect it to be sooner rather than later.