Google Pixel Tablet: New leak confirms UWB support and no Wi-Fi 6E connectivity
The Pixel Tablet is fast approaching, as is at least the Pixel 7a. While Google has outlined a few details about its return to Android tablets so far, there is plenty that it has left out of official briefings that have since leaked. For example, @_snoopytech_ shared high-resolution product images of the tablet's docking station last month, which coincided with another leak describing how the Pixel Tablet would transition to dock mode.
Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US has offered insights about the tablet's connectivity options. For reference, the Pixel Tablet is thought to rely on similar internal hardware to recent Pixel smartphones, such as the same Tensor G2 chipset that also powers the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and the upcoming Pixel 7a. However, it seems that Google has equipped the tablet with an inferior Wi-Fi chip. Specifically, the FCC mentions Wi-Fi 6 connectivity; recent Pixel smartphones support the faster Wi-Fi 6E standard.
Conversely, the Pixel Tablet will feature an ultra-wideband (UWB) chip, which Google has only included in its Pro smartphones to date. According to 9to5Google, Google may leverage a UWB chip for 'Tap to Transfer' functionality between the Pixel Tablet and a compatible Pixel smartphone. In other words, the Pixel Tablet may mimic Apple's Handoff features with the HomePod mini and the second-generation HomePod. Currently, Google is expected to finally launch the Pixel Tablet on May 10 during its I/O 2023 keynote, roughly a year after unveiling the tablet during last year's keynote.