Google released its first Android tablet, the Nexus 7, in 2012. After a few years, Google lost interest, as usual, and proceeded to ignore the big-screen Android for years. Google has announced its return to the tablet market with its upcoming Pixel Tablet, but you might not have to wait until 2023 to get your hands on the device, which went on sale early on Facebook Marketplace.
Google previously announced the Pixel Tablet at its I/O conference last year, promising to launch a new Android slate in 2023. The Pixel Tablet will include new optimizations for large-screen Android apps, making it easier to run two apps side-by-side. As we head towards the end of the year, it seems plausible that Google would have tablet prototypes floating around, and it looks like one of them ended up in the hands of someone who must have had it.
Listing on Facebook Marketplace It lists the device as a 2023 pre-release tabletSo the owner knows exactly what they have. The seller was looking for $400 for a tablet, charger, and speaker dock. It’s unclear if this will be an additional accessory – that allows you to turn the Pixel Tablet into a smart assistant screen – when the tablet is officially launched.
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Based on a tutorial link in the At A Glance tool, it looks like the tablet is just set up. For that, we might look at the default home screen layout, which has a search widget at the bottom next to the app icons (Pixel phones have the search bar above the favourites). There are no visible third-party apps – just Gmail, Maps, Chrome, and other standard Google offerings. Settings screens show 256GB of storage in the tablet and a battery rate of 17 hours remaining at 70%. Although this may not be accurate, since the device has just been set up.
Odds are that whoever bought this device will end up with it after Google realizes one of their test units has gone missing. The real Pixel Tablet will launch sometime in 2023 — Google isn’t specific about that, nor has it confirmed pricing. Facebook’s listing price of $400 is likely less than what Google would charge for the tablet and stand, regardless of whether it’s bundled or not.