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Google announced last May that it is working on a new Pixel tablet that will not be released anytime soon. But what the company may have kept secret was that it is also developing a high-end variant of the device.
The APK Insight team of 9ToGoogle may have unearthed indications that the upcoming Pixel tablet could have a Pro model. The report says clues for the high-end tablet were spotted in the first beta version of the next Android 13 quarterly update.
The report says the Android 13 code made a reference to an unreleased Pixel device codenamed “tangorpro.” Since “tangor” has been identified as the internal name Google is using for the upcoming Pixel tablet, this suggests that the device could launch with a Pro model.
In the same Android 13 beta release, the publication also found references to a device called “t6pro.” The report noted that this could be another indication of the high-end Pixel tablet’s existence since Google has been known to shorten “tangor” to “t6.”
Unfortunately, there are not that many details in the Android 13 beta code to point to the premium Pixel tablet’s specifications. It is also unclear how it would be different from the regular tablet that Google announced at the last I/O conference.
One thing that the APK analysis may have revealed was that the regular Pixel tablet and the Pro variant could use different sensors for their selfie cameras. The baseline tablet is expected to use Sony IMX355, the same Pixel 3 and Pixel 6a. But there is no specific information on the sensor to be used for the Pro model.
The mentions of “tangorpro” and “t6pro” in the Android 13 code do not guarantee the release of a high-end Pixel tablet. But it would not be a surprising move for Google, considering that the company has focused on delivering the Pixel 6 Pro and the new premium variant of Pixel Buds this year.
Google did not reveal much about the upcoming Pixel tablet last May. The company only said it will be powered by an unspecified version of Google Tensor. But Google promised to reveal more information sometime in 2023.