Google Pixel Tablet UK release date, price, and how to pre-order now

Last year Google hinted at its first Android-powered tablet. At the time, Google said the tablet will come with a charging dock and speaker that lets you use it like a smart device.

One year on at the Google IO 2023 event, the Pixel Tablet is available to order and it comes with a Charging Speaker Dock to offer you fantastic sounding music and video streaming, as well as to charge your tablet.

While one dock comes with the Google Pixel Tablet, there’s the option to purchase additional docks and enable Hub Mode in rooms throughout your home.

The Google Pixel Tablet is engineered to make everyday life easier. It can control your smart home hands free, and the apps you love – such as Disney Plus and Spotify – are available on the tablet, so it’s ideal for dancing around your kitchen!

The Google Pixel Tablet is the first tablet to be powered by the Google Tensor G2 chip and to be protected by the Titan M2 security chip. The Google Tensor G2 chip makes the tablet the perfect companion to your Pixel phone, and great for playing games like Minecraft or Asphalt 9.

Here’s everything you need to know about the brand new Google Pixel Tablet, including how to pre-order today.

Google Pixel Tablet UK price

The Google Pixel Tablet starts at £599, which includes the Charging Speaker Dock. The RadioTimes.com team are personally very impressed by the gorgeous colourways: Porcelain, Rose and Hazel, and all three colourways are available to pre-order.

Google Pixel Tablet UK release date

The Google Pixel Tablet is available to pre-order from today (Wednesday 10th May), and it will be available to buy outright from 20th June 2023.

How big is the Google Pixel Tablet?

The Google Pixel Tablet display screen comes in at slightly under 11 inches, at 10.95 inches. It offers up to 12 hours of continuous video streaming, and has a built-in 27W battery.

Google Pixel Tablet design: what does the new tablet look like?

Coming in Porcelain, Rose and Hazel colour variations, the Google Pixel Tablet also has a Nano-ceramic coating which is inspired by the feel of porcelain, making it a fitting addition to any home. To the eye, the tablet has a soft matte look and it has a textured feel. In true Google sustainability form, the Pixel Tablet is built with over 30 per cent recycled materials, and the aluminium in the enclosure is 100 per cent recycled.

The 11-inch Google Pixel Tablet comes with a built-in Google TV app, so you can browse and watch the films and shows you love effortlessly. It’s also the first tablet with a built-in Chromecast, meaning you can cast music and videos from your Google Pixel smartphone at the tap of a screen.

When docked, you can see all of your favourite photos in a stunning slide with a digital photo frame, too.

Google Pixel Tablet brand new features

The Google Pixel Tablet enables you to control your smart home efficiently. The tablet’s home panel gives you complete control of your compatible thermostats, lights, locks and cameras, and for some more fun features, you can also ask Google Assistant to play music and videos completely hands-free.

If there was one positive thing we’ve continued from lockdown, it’s video calling our loved ones – and with the Google Pixel Tablet, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with those you don’t see as often as you’d like. The device comes equipped with Google Meet, and the HD video calling platform automatically adjusts lighting to keep you brightly lit (and looking your best) at all times, and the camera also automatically follows you around the room.

How to buy the new Google Pixel Tablet in the UK

The Google Pixel Tablet is available to pre-order right now for June 20th.

The 3 Best Android Tablets 2023

If you’re not already invested in Android, an iPad is a better tablet in general than any current Android tablet, even for people who use Google’s apps and services. But if you absolutely need an Android tablet, either to run specific apps or because you prefer Android to iOS, the best option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. It isn’t the cheapest Android tablet, but it offers the best large-screen version of Android, powerful hardware, and reliable software updates.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

This capable tablet offers a sharp display, a tablet-optimized version of Android, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $554.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD screen, instead of OLED as on the more expensive Galaxy Tab S8+, but that screen is sharp and bright, and it has a smooth, 120 Hz refresh rate. The tablet’s 8,000 mAh battery will keep it running for the better part of a week, and its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor can handle even the most demanding games. The Galaxy Tab S8 runs Android 12L—a tablet-optimized update to Android 12—with Samsung’s enhanced multitasking features, which make Android apps easier to use on the large screen. Samsung also promises system updates through spring 2026. In addition, the tablet comes with the S Pen stylus, which is handy for marking up documents or basic sketching or note taking. Samsung’s software can be a little confusing, though

Budget pick

Amazon Fire HD 8 (12th generation)

The Fire HD 8 has a smaller, lower-resolution screen than on the Galaxy Tab S8, but it’s a great cheap tablet for reading or watching video, especially if you get that content from Amazon’s store.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $55.

If you want a cheap tablet for watching videos, reading, or very light web browsing, the 12th-generation, 2022-release Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is ideal. It doesn’t have access to the Google Play store or any of Google’s apps, but it costs just $100 with lock-screen ads ($115 without) and lets you easily access Amazon content. Amazon’s Android-based Fire OS runs very well on the tablet, and the Fire HD 8 offers above average battery life due to its low-resolution screen. The Fire HD 8 also has more-extensive parental controls than other tablets, making it a great family device. However, because it’s limited to Amazon’s app store, it can’t offer nearly as many apps or games as a regular Android tablet or an iPad can.

Upgrade pick

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

The Galaxy Tab S8+ has a gorgeous 12.4-inch OLED screen that is even sharper and brighter than the one on the Galaxy Tab S8. It’s fast, sleek, and feature-packed, but it costs more than most people should spend on an Android tablet.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $750.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is the best no-compromise Android tablet. With a 1752×2800 resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate, the 12.4-inch OLED display is one of the best screens we’ve seen on any device (Apple doesn’t even make OLED tablets). The display works with the included S Pen stylus, allowing you to take notes or draw. The tablet is powerful enough to run multiple apps side by side, and Samsung’s version of Android 12L has the best multitasking features we’ve seen in our testing. Samsung promises updates through spring 2026, but the software is loaded down with features you’ll probably never use. And when this tablet is not on sale, its asking price is about $900—at that price, most people should get an iPad.

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