Google is predicted to unveil plenty of new merchandise in its Pixel line at its October 15 occasion, however we could have gotten a sneak peek at one of many new units a bit of early. A prototype of the Pixelbook Go has proven up within the palms of 9to5Google, and although its make-up is sort of typical, it’s not your common pocket book by way of seems.
Google’s personal efforts within the Chromebook house have been hit-and-miss over the previous few years. Its Pixelbook nonetheless stays one of the highly effective Chromebooks accessible, and it helped kick off a development of premium Chromebooks amongst different producers. However its Pixel Slate wasn’t wherever close to as thrilling, so most observers have been anticipating a Pixelbook sequel on the October occasion. As a substitute, Google seems to be transferring in a brand new route. One which’s extra aestheticly centered, extra inexpensive, and definitely extra Google.
The Pixelbook Go is a 13.Three-inch clamshell Chromebook with a unibody hinge and two coloration choices. It is available in “Simply Black” and “Not Pink,” and contains a ridged underside that ought to add further grip for carrying, enhance airflow beneath the machine, and enhance the laptop computer’s floor space for higher passive cooling. It’s a distinctive aesthetic too, which might assist the Go stand out from the gang when in transit. When the lid is popped open, it seems much less distinct, with a MacBook-esque fashion to it.
The show is 1080p, with a 4K possibility, and is available in a 16:9 facet ratio. Every display has modest bezels and a full glass entrance, so there’s a clear look to it. The keyboard is claimed to be glorious to sort on and options the squared keycaps of the Pixelbook, moderately than the rounded ones we noticed on the Slate. The touchpad is massive and roomy and helps trendy gesture controls.
Below the hood, the Pixelbook Go gives a variety of choices, making this a Chromebook that may each succeed the Pixelbook, and likewise supply one thing for these with extra modest budgets.
Because the data that was supplied doesn’t specify what era of Intel CPUs, we’re left to invest. We might count on the Pixelbook Go to make the most of 10th-generation Ice lake processors, however the point out of a Core M3 mannequin raises questions, because the 10th-generation doesn’t technically have any Core M3 chips. They’ve been renamed as i3, with an additional zero of their title to distinguish them.
What we may very well be taking a look at is an eighth-generation Core M3 on the low finish, and 10th era Core i5 and i7s on the excessive finish. It’s additionally attainable that these are all 10th-generation and Core M3 is only a placeholder title for the entry-level 10th-gen Core i3. There’s a slight change they’re all eighth-generation too, however that appears unlikely contemplating how dated these chips are at this level.
Reminiscence is available in 8GB or 16GB flavors, with storage choices of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The 9to5Google prototype additionally included a Titan C safety chip, and options two USB-C ports with LED indicators, in addition to a Three.5mm headphone jack. It additionally helps “regular,” Wi-Fi and Bluetooth we’re instructed, which we surmise equates to Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.zero.
Different options embody two forward-facing audio system and a 2MP webcam that sits within the top-most bezel of the show. There are additionally the standard Chromebook options, like Chromebook keys and a devoted Assistant key.
The one factor we aren’t aware about is value. With such broad choices, it’s possible that we’ll see equally assorted pricing. The Pixelbook began at $999 with a Core i5 CPU, so we’d count on the Core M3 mannequin of this machine to be noticeably cheaper than that. Core i7 fashions with 4K screens might value much more, nevertheless.
Battery life can also be an actual unknown and should nicely range with the discharge model, anyway.
We’ll have to attend till October 15 to be taught extra about this machine, however with as expansive a leak as we’ve seen right here, Google could launch extra data earlier than then.