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Google's Pixel Tablet has a charging speaker dock that turns it into a smart screen

At its Made by Google hardware event, the tech giant showed off its forthcoming Pixel Tablet, which doubles as a smart home assistant and has a speaker charging dock.
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Associate Editor on
Google Pixel Tablet
Image: Google

Google has talked about its Pixel Tablet before, and at its Made by Google hardware event today, the tech giant shared some more details about the device, including that it will have a charging speaker dock. 

The dock will give the tablet more functionality, allowing you to use manage your smart home in the same way you would use your Google Nest Hub or Amazon Echo Show

In addition to charging the device, the dock will control all of your household devices, such as your home's thermostat.

Google Pixel Tablet on a shelf next to a vase
Image: Google

Google said that, typically, tablets are "homebodies," remaining home 80% of the time and only used at certain times of the day. With the charging speaker dock, Google hopes to transform the tablet from something that sits forgotten in your home into a device that is more of an integral part of your life.

Also: Pixel Watch vs Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Did Google just beat Samsung?

When docked, the tablet will also curate a slideshow of photos that play as a slideshow, acting as a smart photo frame. 

Person smiling at a Google Pixel Tablet
Image: Google

Google said the tablet will bring together recent advances in Android, including Material UI, housed in a Pixel design. The tablet is intended to be the perfect companion to the Pixel phone and your smart home devices, according to Google. 

Also: How Google Assistant is getting an upgrade with the Pixel 7

The tablet will make use of Google's new Tensor G2 chip, as well as advanced machine learning and picture processing, so that your Pixel phone features can work well on the large-screen device. Google said it has been working with app developers to make sure the tablet can take advantage of split-screen and stylus support.

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