Google just announced its new Pixelbook laptop, which will run on Google’s Chrome OS operating system.
The new Pixelbook is a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid with a foldable screeen. It is incredibly light at only 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds. It’s also thin at 10mm. Design-wise, it features a glass inlay that’s similar to the Pixel 2 smartphones.
Its 12.3-inch display is quadHD, which translates to 1440p.
It will come with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, it will support up to 16GB of RAM, and will come with up to 512GB of fast SSD storage. That sould be plenty of power for a Chromebook, and Google claims the Pixelbook will start up in seconds.
Battery-wise, Google claims the Pixelbook will have a 10-hour battery life, and will feature fast charging via USB-C for two hours of regular use from just 15 minutes of charging.
Chromebooks are usually most productive when they’re connected to the internet, but finding a WiFi connection isn’t always possible. Google added a nifty feature that will automatically connect to your Pixel phone so it can use your Pixel phone’s data connection when you’re out of reach of WiFi.
You’ll be able to use Google’s smart AI assistant, called Google Assistant, to use voice commands for certain tasks on the Pixelbook, like playing a YouTube video or playing a song. Google recognised that users may not always want to make commands outloud with their voice, so there’s a special key that lets you type your request. My initial impression of this particular feature is that you might as well just perform your task the way you normally would instead of typing it out, which seems more difficult.
The Pixelbook will also be compatible with Google’s new Pixelbook Pen. With the Pen, you’ll be able to use Google Assistant to pull up information about what you see on the screen. You’ll just have to use the Pen to circle an image or a word, and Google Assistant will show you relevant information.
You’ll be able to use the Pen to draw or take notes, too.
Android apps available on your Android smartphone will also be supported on the Pixelbook, which makes the Chromebook a lot more useful, as it will have many more apps to choose from than the relatively fewer apps specifically designed for Chromebooks. Even Snapchat will be available to use with the Pixelbook. With all that said, developers will have to build support for the Pixelbooks larger laptop screen into their apps.
The Pixelbook’s keyboard is backlight and features a soft-touch texture, and the mouse pad uses touch processing algorithms to improve accuracy and palm detection.
The Pixelbook will go on sale for $US999, and the Pixelbook Pen for $US99. It’s available for pre-order on Wednesday on Google’s Store from the US, Canada, and the UK. They will be in stores on October 31.
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