The search engine giant, Google unveiled its new Pixelbook laptop in its hardware event on 4th October. This device will run on Google’s Chrome OS operating system.
The all-new Google Pixelbook is a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid with a foldable screen. It is exceptionally lightweight, only 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds. It’s also slim at 10mm. Design-wise, the rear of the display highlights a glass inlay that’s comparable to the Pixel 2 smartphones.
The screen is 12.3-inch with the quad-HD display; that transposes to 1440p.
Moreover, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors have powered this masterpiece of Google; that supports up to 16GB RAM and also packed with up to 512GB of SSD storage. This signals loads of full power for a Chromebook. As the company claims; the Pixelbook will not take more than seconds to start up.
When it comes to battery, Google boosts the Pixelbook works pretty much well for 10 hours on a single charge. That means it has 10 hours battery life. And also it offers fast charging via USB-C; that can give you two hours of battery life from only 15 minutes of charging.
However, Chromebooks are generally most prolific with the internet connection. But getting a WiFi connection isn’t always viable. Google appended a very nifty feature that allows your Pixelbook device to connect to your Pixel smartphone automatically. This way, you can consume the data connection when you are short of WiFi connection.
Furthermore, it will empower you to use the Google AI voice assistant for using voice commands to get the certain tasks done on your Pixelbook; for instance, you can ask Google Assistant to play a YouTube video or a song. Google acknowledged that users may not always wish to make commands vocally, so there’s a particular key that allows you to type your command. My first impression of this specific feature is that you might as well just complete your task the way you usually would instead keyboarding it out, which looks more complex.
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.
Pixelbook also comes with the Pen for drawing and taking 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’ll have much more apps to pick from than the relatively fewer apps designed explicitly for Chromebooks. Even Snapchat will be available on the Pixelbook. Given that, developers will have to build support for the Pixelbooks larger laptop screen into their apps, so it could take some time before the app you want is optimized for the Pixelbook’s display.
Its keyboard is backlight and features a soft-touch texture; whereas the mouse pad uses touch processing algorithms to improve accuracy over time, as well as palm detection.
The device will go on sale for $999, and the Pixelbook Pen for $99. It’s available for pre-order on Wednesday on Google’s Store from the US, Canada, and the UK. They’ll be in stores on October 31.