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Pixel Tablet spotted on Amazon ahead of Google I/O launch

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The rumour mill hasn’t been kind to Google lately. With the Pixel Fold being surrounded by rumours and leaks before Google eventually confirmed the device, now a Pixel Tablet listing has been spotted on Amazon listing out the device’s specifications and showing off a glimpse of what we could expect at its upcoming Google I/O 2023 launch on May 10. 

The listing was spotted on Amazon Japan by a Reddit user who claimed that the tablet will release in Japan on June 20 with a starting price of 79,800 Japanese Yen, roughly $591. The price tag reportedly includes the charging-speaker dock that’ll turn the tablet into a Google Home device, but we’ll have to wait for the official release to know for sure as some reports suggest Google is charging an additional 17,000 JPY for the privilege.

According to the now deleted listing, the tablet will launch with the Tesnor G2 chip, Google’s custom processor that also powers its Pixel 7 lineup and reportedly the Pixel Fold. The G2 chip is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM as well as 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. 

There will be two cameras on the tablet and both of them are identical in terms of specs. You get 8MP cameras with an f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus and an 84-degree field of view with a quarter-inch sensor. While this isn’t exactly the gold standard in terms of camera hardware, Google is already famous for its image-processing software that can massively affect the camera’s output. Other software features found on the Pixel lineup such as Magic Eraser and Photo Unblur will also be available on the Pixel Tablet.

For connectivity, the tablet gets 2×2 MIMO compatible WiFi 6 and simultaneous dual-band with 2.4GHz/5GHz. This seems to be a move in the right direction, especially considering Google also intends the tablet to be used as a Google Home device. Those are generally considered IoT devices and will likely connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz networks to avoid congesting any WiFi 6 networks that might be running in the vicinity unless required. You also get Bluetooth 5.2 and Google Cast capabilities. 

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These internals will be hidden behind a 16:10 aspect ratio, 10.95-inch display running at 2560 x 1600 resolution, 500 nits brightness and USI 2.0 pen support. The display also features 24-bit colour and an antifouling coating. We don’t have confirmed numbers on the battery capacity, but rumours suggest a 27Wh battery that Google claims will last up to 24 hours of video streaming.

Last but not least, buyers can expect to get quad speakers, three microphones, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port and a 4-pin accessory connector — essentially pogo pins that’ll be used to dock the tablet to its charging-speaker attachment and presumably other accessories like keyboard covers. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: