Google Pixelbook – The One Chromebook to Rule Them All
Google’s Pixel announcement is a definite highlight for the year 2017. The replacement model of Google’s 2016 Pixel, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL definitely was the highlight of the announcement as well. However there was one limelight thief at the show; a new ChromeBook. Introducing the new definition in Chromebooks, the new Google Pixelbook.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 (non-specified 7th Gen)|
|RAM||8GB or 16GB|
|Hard Disk (SSD)||128GB, or 256GB, or 512GB NVMe|
|Graphics Processing Unit
quad HD (2,400 x 1,600 pixels)[~235ppi]
|Operating System||Chrome OS|
|Battery||41Whr Lithium Polymer Battery with Fast Charging technology|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
2 x Type C USB3.1
|Camera||720p HD Camera with 4 mics|
|Sensors|| 3-axis Gyroscope/Accelerometer
Ambient Light Sensor
Hall Effect Sensor
From the looks of it, this is a promising piece of kit. It packs the latest 7th Generation of Intel Core technology which means that it packs quite a punch whichever variant (i5 or i7) you pick. There are no mentions of a GPU though we do expect Intel’s Integrated HD GPU to be present. Then you pair those powerful chipsets with up to 16GB of memory which means you get a snappy performer as well. The up to 512GB of SSD space does not hurt the speed either. All that is quoted to extract about 10 hours of battery life from the 41WHr Lithium Polymer battery packed in that sleek body. Need more juice? A 15 minutes charge will give you 2 hours of peace of mind.
It is powered by the Chrome OS though so you may not necessarily need a high-end GPU at all. The Chrome OS is obviously lighter on the hardware which adds to its speed. It is not exactly hefty as well at 1.1kg; slot it in your handbag and lug it around all day, no problem. It is just 10.3mm thick as well so you cannot exactly call it an unwieldy slate either.
This new Chromebook is not just a laptop though. Iit is a convertible PC that can be configured, in Google’s words four different use configurations. Thanks to its touch screen either navigating through the Chrome OS will be a breeze in any mode you use it in. There is also the optional Google Pixelbook Pen designed specially for the Chromebook powerhouse for more than just navigation. The Pixelbook also comes ready with Google Assistant allowing you to control and launch apps on the Chromebook effortlessly with just your voice. What is even more interesting is that the Pixelbook automatically tethers with your Google Pixel 2 device when there is no available WiFi to share internet connection. It is just seamless. All this Chrome OS goodness is viewed via a 12.3″ quad HD display for full media immersion. Paired with the dual speakers on this thing, it is a multimedia powerhouse.
The Google Pixelbook is available for pre-order through major retailers and Google Store in the United States with prices starting from US$999 (MYR4,225*). The optional Google Pixelbook Pen will set you back an extra US$99 (MYR419*). Pre-orders for the United Kingdom and Canada markets also started alongside the United States pre-orders. There are no official word on whether or not the Pixelbook will make it to this part of town at all though. Here is hoping that it does at least come to our small neighbour.
*approx. converstion rate at US$1=MYR4.23 (6/10/2017)
Also published on Medium.