Last month fueled rumors that Google would soon reveal a new Chromebook Pixel at its hardware event. But what exactly do we know?
Back in 2013, Google launched a high-end laptop that ran on Google’s own Chrome OS operating system and called it Chromebook Pixel. While it was generally well-received, it was relatively expensive and its Chrome OS still faced certain limitations. So, it’s no wonder this laptop failed to deliver.
And now, 4 years later, Google is preparing a long-awaited successor to Chromebook Pixel. Apparently, Google is planning to launch yet another high-end Chrome Os notebook called Google Pixelbook in San Francisco on October 4, 2017.
Since Google already has a major product launch event scheduled for that day, we expect that they will finally unveil the Google Pixel 2 smartphone. But it’s becoming more probable that the US tech giant will also reveal a new laptop at this event.
Allegedly, unlike the original Chromebook pixel, the Pixelboook is a 2-in-1 that is capable of folding into a tablet by putting the keyboard behind the screen. It’s possible that Google is trying to take on Microsoft’s Surface Book.
There’s also an optional new $99 stylus included, which is reportedly called the Pixelbook Pen. This stylus comes with tilt support and zero lag according to rumors, although there are few details beyond that.
There’s also supposed to be a USB type-C port, a volume rocker, a headphone jack and the power button. However, there’s bad news for those who like to select from a variety of colors. The Pixelbook will come only in silver.
All of these features make the Pixelbook sound like a truly compelling device. But, what about the price? Well, it will reportedly be available in three storage options: a 128 GB version that will start at $1199, followed by a 256 GB model at $1399 and a 512 GB option that will come in at a $1749. When you think about it, that’s a lot of money for a Chromebook. You could easily get a high-end MacBook or Windows laptop for a similar price.
We don’t know any other specifications. But, compared to earlier models, the Pixelbook could boast 16 GB of RAM, multiple USB-C ports, as well as a SD-card reader and a high-end processor. The processor might be an 8-th generation Intel i7 HQ series processor.
Apart from the Pixelbook and Pixel 2 Handsets, it’s widely expected that Google will unveil the Google mini Home speaker, a rival to Amazon’s Echo Dot, and an updated model of the Daydream View VR Headset.
Either way, all our questions will be cleared after the search giant’s event on October 4. Hopefully, this will be the very best possible Chromebook, worth every dollar.