SAN FRANCISCO—After a yr of hibernation, Google’s flagship Chromebook providing is again! On the firm’s occasion in San Francisco in the present day, Google introduced the “Google Pixelbook,” representing a brand new technology of Chrome OS gadget.
The Pixelbook is filled with “firsts” for a Chrome OS laptop computer. It is the primary Chromebook with a seventh-gen Intel Kaby Lake processor. It is the primary Chromebook with the Google Assistant built-in, within the type of a button and an “OK Google” hotword when the display screen is turned on. And the Pixelbook is the primary Chromebook with a pen: an non-compulsory $99 Energetic Electrostatic (AES) stylus known as a “Pixelbook Pen.”
Just like the Chromebook Pixels, it is a premium Chromebook with a premium price ticket: the Pixelbook begins at $999. That will get you a 12.Three-inch 2400×1600 Three:2 show with an Intel Kaby Lake Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a backlit keyboard. You’ll be able to improve to a 256GB SSD for $1,199, or you possibly can soar as much as a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD config for $1,699.
All of those are outrageously excessive storage tiers for Chromebooks, which regularly ship with simply 16GB of storage. Chrome OS continues to be largely a browser-only OS that shops every thing on the Web, so you do not actually need lots of storage. Positive, you possibly can run Android apps now, however the Pixelbook begins on the highest out there Android telephone storage tier, 128GB, after which doubles and quadruples that quantity as you progress up the pricing tiers. Is that this a lot storage on a Chromebook a complete waste, or does it point out that Google expects Chrome OS to develop into extra of a storage consumer someway?
The Pixelbook follows the identical design motifs as a Pixel telephone, with a metallic physique and a prime glass part in a contrasting coloration. At 10.3mm (zero.four in) thick and a weight of 1.1kg (2.42 lbs), Google says it is the thinnest and lightest laptop computer it has ever made. The hinge folds all the way in which round, permitting the Pixelbook to work in “laptop computer,” “tent,” and “pill” modes. The 12.Three-inch Pixelbook is over 60 p.c heavier than the already-massive 12.9-inch iPad Professional, so begin bulking up now should you plan on utilizing the pill mode.
Pixelbook Pen is in the identical realm of performance because the Apple Pencil or Microsoft Floor pen. The $99 AES stylus has 60 levels of angular measurement and a pair of,000 ranges of stress sensitivity. Google says it used machine studying to chop the drawing latency down to simply 10ms and to construct a handwriting recognition system that turns your scribbles into kind.
Sure apps, like Google Preserve, are allowed on the lockscreen now, so you possibly can activate the gadget, whip out the pen, and instantly begin taking notes. Each the Android and Chrome OS app frameworks have pen help, however as that is the primary AES stylus on both platform, correct help in an app goes to be powerful to return by.
There is not any exhausting specs on the battery but, however Google is promising “as much as 10 hours” on a single cost. The included charger has a fast-charge function, too, so 15 minutes of charging will get you as much as two hours of utilization.
Regardless of supply code commits that said fingerprint reader help was coming to Chrome OS, the Pixelbook shouldn’t be outfitted with any form of biometric authentication. With Home windows specializing in camera-based biometrics and Mac Books transport with a fingerprint reader, Chrome OS is the one main laptop computer OS with none form of biometrics.
The Pixelbook is up for preorder in the present day and might be bought on the Google Retailer, Finest Purchase, and “different main retailers” within the US, Canada, and the UK. Preorders begin in the present day, and it will be available in shops from October 31.