11 October 2021
It has been a long time since Google launched a tablet and the last time we heard, it had stopped tablet manufacturing plans so that it can focus on Pixelbook laptops. A new report LetsGoDigital has emerged suggesting that Google may have resumed working on tablets.
The report is based on a Google patent application that was submitted to the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The application was filed in March 2019 and was approved just three months ago. It is related to the product design that gives us an idea of what the next-gen Pixel tablet could look like. Even though the application only has sketch diagrams, the publication behind the report has created high-quality renders based on it.
The alleged Pixel tablet can be seen sporting a big display that should be good enough for both media consumption and productivity needs. The device has rounded corners which is something we usually do not see in tablets. Another interesting thing to note is that the tablet features a punch-hole cutout for housing the front camera.
The tablet has the usual power and volume buttons that we also see on Pixel smartphones. There is a USB Type-C port and quad stereo speakers, two at the bottom and two at the top. The back panel has a rectangular patch kind of thing that bears the "G" logo. Since the patent is only about design, details about specifications and features are unknown. While it is likely to be an Android tablet, there is also a possibility that Google may opt for Chrome OS.