Google’s Pixelbook says a Chromebook Pixel isn’t dead—it’s partial of a family.
The Pixelbook, announced Wednesday during Google’s hardware eventuality in San Francisco, is a third era of Google’s reward Chromebook Pixel. Up to now, a laptops lived detached from Google’s other products, removed in Chrome OS. The Pixelbook is a initial Chromebook that’s tied closely to vital tools of Google’s ecosystem, such as Google Assistant and a Google Play Store. It shows new intensity for Chromebooks, and new leisure for Google products before stranded on small, singular smartphones and tablets.
“The laptop knowledge hasn’t altered that much, yet how we use record really has,” pronounced Google’s Matt Voukun during a event. “We use tons of apps each day, and we’re constantly jumping between a phone and laptop and inscription to get things done.” Voukun introduced a Pixelbook as a resolution to this tension: “We’ve worked tough to mix a many useful tools of a laptop, a tablet, and smartphone.”
Pixelbook price, specs, and recover date
The Pixelbook goes on preorder in a United States, Canada, and a United Kingdom around a Google Store starting Oct 4 and will boat Oct 31. Voukun pronounced it will be accessible during “over 1,000 retailers,” including Best Buy. Here are a specs and prices for a 3 opposite cost points:
$999 Pixelbook, accessible for preorder now:
- Intel Core i5
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB SSD
$1,199 Pixelbook, accessible for preorder now:
- Intel Core i5
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- Intel Core i7
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB NVMe SSD
- Note: This laptop isn’t accessible for preorder yet, yet we can get on a waitlist.
All a Pixelbooks will have these other facilities in common:
- Display: 12.3-inch, 2400×1600, 235ppi LCD touchscreen
- Chassis: Aluminum unibody with 360-degree hinge, in one color, Silver
- Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
- Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Ports: Two USB-C for charging and 4K arrangement support
- 720p webcam
- Battery life of adult to 10 hours
Note on battery life: Google says we can assign for 15 mins to get adult to dual hours of use, yet there are conditions: The battery contingency have during slightest 5 percent assign left, we contingency assign when a laptop is “inactive,” and we contingency use a enclosed charger, not a third-party charger.
The Pixelbook Pen will be a $99 choice with any Pixelbook. Google worked with attention personality Wacom to rise a stylus and says it has a quick 10ms of latency, 60 degrees of bony awareness, and 2000+ levels of pressure. These are flattering good specs (though other inclination have pens with 4,096 degrees of pressure, for instance), and a coop can do some engaging things like name an picture onscreen and afterwards get information about it around Google Assistant.
What’s new in a Pixelbook
The Pixelbook’s new hardware is roughly delegate to a new things it can do. At a Google event, Voukun showed how a Pixelbook is integrated with Google Assistant and a Google Play Store, so we can speak to a Pixelbook to get information, launch apps, or tide cinema or music. It’s a initial Chromebook to be so closely tied to a rest of Google’s ecosystem, and it’s a good thing to see them come together.
Another neat tie-in: If we have a Pixel phone as good as a Pixelbook, a Pixelbook can automatically fasten to a Pixel phone if no other internet entrance is available. We all know what a con tethering your phone is; anything Google can do to palliate this is welcome.
Most of a universe is still watchful for Android apps on Chromebooks—it’s been rolling out solemnly to a name organisation of devices. Many Android apps that run on Chromebooks are still trapped in smartphone-sized windows. As partial of a Pixelbook demo, Voukun showed how SnapChat is operative with Google to get over that limitation, “to emanate a new knowledge for a incomparable shade on Pixelbook.” Voukun betrothed that many some-more developers were building for Chromebook-sized screens, yet we’re still watchful to see how that goes.
Chromebooks come home
The Pixelbook is an sparkling new step for Chromebooks. Google introduced a initial reward Chromebook Pixel in 2013 to honest surprise. Chromebooks, adult to then, had been intensely inexpensive, low-end machines, and Chrome OS could do small some-more than crop a web. The Internet has grown adult given then: Web applications have turn business-class products (including Google Docs, that developed into G Suite), and some-more people live roughly exclusively online both during work and during home. The Chromebook Pixel’s second era rested a hardware, yet a genuine changes were in software, as Google worked to move Android apps to Chromebooks—a work still in progress. But a ecosystem tie-ins demeanour some-more entirely baked, and they could immediately launch a Pixelbook—and, we hope, other Chromebooks—into a busier, improved future.