Google has apparently focused on creating a very light Chromebook with a range of Intel Core chips, RAM, and storage options to choose from.
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As 9to5Google reports, multiple sources are stating that next month’s “Made by Google” event won’t just be about the Pixel 4 smartphone. We’re also set to get a new Chromebook, which will be called the Pixelbook Go.
Google has yet to confirm the Pixelbook Go exists, but the amount of leaked detail available about the hardware suggests confirmation before the event next month wouldn’t be surprising. What we’re expecting to be unveiled is a laptop sporting a 13.3-inch 16:9 touchscreen display with 1080p and 4K resolution options. The internals include Core i3, i5, and i7 processor choices, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage.
The video included above is of the Google Atlas Chromebook prototype revealed back in March, which it turns out is an early version of the Pixelbook Go.
The focus of the Pixelbook Go design was to make a laptop that’s as portable as possible. With that in mind, the casing is manufactured from magnesium alloy to keep it light, while the bottom has a “tactile feel” making it easy to pick up and carry around.
There’s two front-facing speakers expected to be a big improvement over the Pixelbook, two mics, and a 2MP webcam capable of 60fps 1080p. What we shouldn’t expect is compatibility with the Pixelbook Pen or a laptop that’s capable of being used like a tablet. The Pixelbook Go is a traditional laptop design, with the price expected to start at $799 for the lowest configuration.
The Made by Google event is being held on Oct. 15 in New York City. The main focus is likely to be on the Pixel 4 smartphone, but don’t switch off after that. The Pixelbook Go is sure to put in an appearance at some point.