Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2023 is set to begin on May 10. At this event, the tech giant is expected to reveal its software as well as hardware advancements. The company may launch the Google Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold and the Android 14 OS during the conference. Apart from this, it may also offer more details about the much-awaited Google Pixel Tablet. This tablet was teased during both I/O 2022 and the Pixel 7 launch event in October. According to a report by 9to5Google, the Pixel tablet may ship with a privacy switch.
A Twitter user named SnoopyTech has shared two pictures which claim to show both the front and back sides of the upcoming Google tablet. As per the report, the picture of the rear panel of the Pixel Tablet shows that the device may ship with an additional hardware toggle which will be placed on the left edge near the top.
What is this new switch
This toggle appeared on the renders that were shared by Google earlier. However, the switch didn’t appear on the Facebook Marketplace images that were leaked in December 2022. This might be one of the late additions to the hardware by the company.
The report claims that this new addition might be a privacy shutter that will enable or disable the microphone and/or camera. Google may add this option as the Pixel Tablet that is also expected to work as a Smart Display, the report adds.
Google Pixel tablet: Expected design
The report claims that the speaker cutouts are expected to be placed on both sides of the tablet, while the USB-C port might be located on the left side panel of the device. The fingerprint scanner-mounted power button and the volume rockers are likely to be at the top panel. Meanwhile, the bottom panel may house the rumoured privacy button.
Google’s upcoming tablet may also include two long portusions on the bottom edge. These bumps are likely to be some connection point for a case or possible keyboard accessory. However, none of these cutouts will be visible on seeing the display from the front.
The report also adds that the Pixel Tablet seems to have a “premium nanoceramic finish” that may offer a ceramic-like feel to the devices.