Our team has uncovered indications that Google may be developing a second Pixel tablet for 2019 that will be marketed as a Pro version.
The Pixel tablet Google promised will be released in 2023 has been highly anticipated by fans of the Pixel series ever since Google I/O. The device’s development has been closely monitored by us, and we previously mentioned how it would function as a Google Assistant smart display similar to the Nest Hub.
Google, on the other hand, has been attempting to highlight the ways that large-screen Android devices, particularly tablets, can become beneficial for work ever since the original announcement of Android 12L at the beginning of the year. With Google unveiling new tablet-focused widgets for Keep and Drive, this has persisted until today.
Up until now, a lot of the rumors around the Pixel tablet have suggested that Google would prefer to keep prices low by using lower-end technology. After all, its primary purpose is to supplement the Nest Hub Max’s capacity to manage video chats by acting as an additional screen for movies, TV shows, and other media in your smart home.
According to information we’ve already discovered, the Pixel tablet’s camera capabilities won’t match those of the most recent Pixel phones. The Pixel tablet would resemble the Pixel 6a more so than a flagship product in this hypothetical situation, making it less of an example of what Android tablets are truly capable of.
For those who want the 2023 Pixel tablet to be a productivity machine rather than a replacement for the Nest Hub, there is thankfully still some hope. Google released the first beta of the upcoming quarterly update for Android 13 today. Our APK Insight team discovered indications of a new Pixel smartphone inside, with the codename Tangorpro.
For perspective, we are aware that Google is currently working on Project Tangor, the codename for the Pixel tablet it unveiled in May. The fact that tangorpro exists definitely suggests that Google is working diligently on a Pro version of the Pixel tablet. As additional proof, the current Android 13 Beta has references to t6pro, and Google has also abbreviated tangor to t6.
Pro models’ preference for The Pixel 6 Pro launched last year, and more recently, the Pixel Buds Pro, continuing the trend of Google-made hardware. The larger Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro both used the same processor, but the larger model had a better display, additional RAM, and a telephoto lens.
The Pixel tablet’s Pro version will not employ the same rear camera sensor, and that is the only difference we can yet identify between the two. Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly which sensor the Pro model will use. The Sony IMX355 sensor, which is also used in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 6a, will be utilized in the lowest model Pixel tablet, as we’ve previously reported.
Beyond that, we have no other information on the alleged hardware upgrades of this premium tablet. It’s probable that new Tangorpro will contain an upgraded display and more RAM, similar to the Pixel 6 Pro. There’s also a potential that the entry-level tablet will use Google Tensor 1 from last year, while the Pro model would have Tensor G2.
The strongest hint we’ve received regarding pure productivity came from Rich Miner, CTO of tablets for the Android team, who offered a vision of experiences tailored specifically for tablets. Building for devices with dedicated styluses is a big part of this, and we’ve previously speculated that Google might include USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) support to its Pixel tablet series.
Fortunately, we might not have to wait long to learn more about the Pro Pixel tablet if Google does want to sell one after all, as the firm is scheduled to have an event in October to display the latest Pixel and Nest products.
Please let us know in the comments what you would like to see Google prioritize for a high-end Pixel tablet running Android.
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