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Google has announced its latest entry into the tablet market with the debut of its Pixel Tablet at the yearly I/O event. However, fans will have to wait until late June to get their hands on the new device.
This is not Google’s first attempt at a tablet. The company released the Nexus 7 in 2012, which was highly praised. However, since then, Google has had a rocky journey in the tablet market, with the poorly received Google Pixel Slate in 2018 leading to the company abandoning the market altogether.
Now, with the Pixel Tablet, Google hopes to show potential customers that it is once again capable of producing a high-quality tablet. The new device features an 11-inch display, runs Google’s Android operating system, and is made from aluminum with a nano-ceramic coating.
The Pixel Tablet also includes Material You, a feature that allows users to customize the device with a bespoke color scheme that corresponds to the wallpaper and lock screens. This feature is similar to the Pixel phone and Google Pixel Watch, allowing the tablet to reflect the unique preferences and tastes of its users.
One of the key features of the Pixel Tablet is its use of Tensor G2, which enables advanced image processing and machine learning capabilities, making it easy to use popular features like video calls, photo editing, and hands-free assistance with Google Assistant.
However, the standout feature of the Pixel Tablet is its ability to shift from a traditional tablet to a home hub with the use of a special speaker dock. When attached, the tablet displays images, weather, and home information on a constantly moving display. Users can call out to Google Assistant to play music, answer queries, and more. The device can also be used as a traditional tablet thanks to its magnetic attachment.
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To sweeten the deal, Google has included a charging stand with the Pixel Tablet, which is priced at $499. Preorders begin on Wednesday, and the device will ship in late June. Google has also released a special Pixel Tablet Case that costs $79 and works with the speaker dock, providing an adjustable rear stand.