Google is now preparing to announce their newest fleet of in-house devices, which, just like last year, includes their take on many different household electronics. We’ve had our fair share of leaks today, including color options and pricing information on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, as well as the new Google Home Mini and the new Google Daydream View. Now thanks to a series of leaks from Droid-Life we also have confirmation that Google is working on a new Chromebook Pixel, which they are calling the “Google Pixelbook”.
This Pixelbook seems to be yet again a shift in paradigm established by previous Chromebook Pixels, just like the Pixel phones were a shift in direction from their cancelled Nexus program. Google’s newest in-house laptop ditches the Chromebook branding entirely, instead favoring the label of “Pixelbook”, seemingly in an attempt to unify all their hardware efforts under the Pixel naming scheme. There is currently no information on internal specs, but we do know that it’s coming in Silver (not unlike previous Pixel Chromebooks), along with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations.
The Pixelbook is also different from previous Chromebook Pixel laptops in some key aspects. For example, you can fold it into a tablet, and get extra freedom with the additional Pixelbook Pen which is pressure sensitive and comes with tilt support. It will also come with pretty steep pricing points, starting at $1,199 for the 128GB model, with the 512GB model going all the way up to $1,749. If you’ve previously bought Chromebook Pixels, you’d know that these are not affordable laptops at all, but these prices can indeed look outrageous compared to other offerings from Acer or Samsung.
We should know more about the newest Google upcoming hybrid device, including the full specification list and possibly more color options, on October 4th, where they plan to announce the newest Pixel phones as well as some of their other offerings. For now, this seems to be shaping up like a nice refresh of the Chromebook Pixel line, which hasn’t seen a new iteration since early 2015.