Next Chromebook Pixel is on its way, will still target developers

google chromebook pixel front
Remember the Chromebook Pixel? Don’t worry if you can’t: Google hasn’t done much to spark continued interest in its self-branded notebook. Packing a third-generation Intel Core processor and only 32 gigabytes of storage (upgraded to 64GB), the Pixel has withered over the years. Its only highlight feature is the display, which at 2,560 x 1,700 remains one of the most attractive around.

It seems Google will soon give the Pixel a refresh, however, as hinted by Google’s Renee Niemi at the company’s Team Work 2015 event. The announcement was not the focus of the event by any means, but merely mentioned in passing. Niemi said the Chromebook Pixel 2 is in the works, and that it will target developers just like its predecessor.

Related: Hands-on with Acer’s upcoming 15-inch Chromebook

What does that mean? Don’t expect a low price, for starters: the current Pixel 2 is $1,299, and it seems unlikely the replacement will be much (if at all) more affordable. It also goes without saying that the successor will also have a pixel dense touchscreen, though we doubt Google will increase the resolution. The current Pixel already slightly beats the MacBook Pro with Retina in the density department.

Leaks about the sequel’s board hardware suggest it will use a power-sipping Intel Core M chip. However, the leak also says the new Pixel will have two fans, which is confusing; Core M processors are usually fanless. The display size will stay the same, at 12.85 inches, and support for USB 3.1 Type-C is likely.

That’s all the information known for now. Some important details, such as a potential release date, remain entirely unknown. Chromebook fans will just have to wait for more, but if you’re planning a Pixel purchase, it’s a good idea to hold off until the new model appears.

Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Computing

Chromebook 13 vs. Google Pixelbook: Acer model takes on the king

Acer's Chromebook 13 is throwing tons of speed at the Chrome OS market, to go with a midrange build and traditional clamshell design. Is that enough to challenge the Google Pixelbook?
Deals

From Samsung to HP, here are the best cheap Chromebook deals right now

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- with most…
Mobile

Benchmark scores surface for Google's midrange Pixel 3 XL Lite

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL.
Computing

Faster new PCIe 5.0 standard leapfrogs the best feature of AMD’s Ryzen 3

PCIe 5.0 will bring even faster data transfers, but it may only be found on HPCs and servers initially. The standard is four times faster than your current PC at transferring data, and new devices could appear later this year.
Deals

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for January 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.
Computing

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.
Computing

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.
Computing

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Computing

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.
Computing

Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook 13: In battle of champions, who will be the victor?

The ZenBook 13 UX333 continues Asus's tradition of offering great budget-oriented 13-inch laptop offerings. Does this affordable machine offer enough value to compete with the excellent Dell XPS 13?
Gaming

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Computing

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?