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The Google Pixel Tablet is coming to Australia next month
The Google Pixel tablet promises to do something the iPad can't.
Google is now taking preorders for its latest spin on Android tablets ahead of a June launch.
Teased last year and officially announced alongside the new Google Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, the Google Pixel Tablet is looking to distinguish itself from the alternatives with a novel form factor, a nimble processor and a nicer-than-you-'d-expect camera.
The first-party Android tablet comes with an 11-inch LCD display with 1440p resolution and a refresh rate that's clocked at 60Hz. The Pixel Tablet is geared up for both professional and playful use cases with four speakers, three microphones, two 8MP cameras and one fingerprint sensor that's built into the power key.
Under the hood, the Pixel Tablet comes powered by the same Google Tensor G2 processor found in the Pixel 7a, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. It's also equipped with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. For better or worse, there's no model available with mobile connectivity.
While the presence of the Pixel brand brings with it bigger expectations about the cameras on Google's latest tablet can do, the line that the company is running with here is that its latest smart slate will offer the best Google Meet experience available on a tablet. Every ounce of optimization that Google has used for making your snap look more social media friendly is being channelled towards making your next conference call appearance look that much sharper.
The Pixel Tablet lags behind on high-end display technologies seen in premium iPad alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, but it makes up for it in a very unusual way. Flip the tablet over and you'll see something you won't find on many other Android tablets: a set of connector pins. These can be used to magnetically mount the Pixel Tablet to a dock that acts as both a speaker and charger.
When mounted, the tablet will automatically enter a mode that allows it to act as a digital photo frame. The idea here is that whenever it isn't in your hands being actively used, the Pixel Tablet can live a second life as a stand-in for the Google Nest Hub Max. You can even Chromecast to it.
Those who take Google up on the Pixel Tablet at launch can expect three years of OS updates and five years of security patches.
In Australia, the Google Pixel Tablet is set to go on sale through Google, Telstra and JB Hi-Fi on the 20th of June at an RRP of $899 for the 128GB model and $999 for the 256GB one. Additional speaker docks will also be available at $189 apiece.