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The Pixelbook comes home, jumping headlong into Google’s ecosystem

Google’s Pixelbook says the Chromebook Pixel isn’t dead—it’s part of the family.

The Pixelbook, announced Wednesday at Google’s hardware event in San Francisco, is the third generation of Google’s premium Chromebook Pixel. Up to now, the laptops lived apart from Google’s other products, isolated in Chrome OS. The Pixelbook is the first Chromebook that’s tied closely to major parts of Google’s ecosystem, such as Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. It shows new potential for Chromebooks, and new freedom for Google products formerly stuck on small, limited smartphones and tablets. 

“The laptop experience hasn’t changed that much, but how we use technology definitely has,” said Google’s Matt Voukun at the event. “We use tons of apps every day,  and we’re constantly jumping between our phone and laptop and tablet to get things done.” Voukun introduced the Pixelbook as a solution to this tension: “We’ve worked hard to combine the most helpful parts of a laptop, a tablet, and smartphone.” 

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Google’s new Pixelbook claims up to 10 hours of battery life and fast-charging for extra juice on the go. 

Pixelbook price, specs, and release date

The Pixelbook goes on preorder in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom via the Google Store starting October 4 and will ship October 31. Voukun said it will be available at “over 1,000 retailers,” including Best Buy. Here are the specs and prices for the three different price points: 

$999 Pixelbook, available for preorder now: 

  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD

$1,199 Pixelbook, available for preorder now:

  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

$1,649 Pixelbook:

  • Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
  • Note: This laptop isn’t available for preorder yet, but you can get on the waitlist. 

All the Pixelbooks will have these other features in common: 

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