9to5Google recently posted images of what appears to be the final prototype of Google’s upcoming Pixelbook Go.
The new Chromebook is expected to officially launch alongside the Pixel 4 during the “Made by Google” event on October 15 in New York City. The leaks have have given us a pretty comprehensive look at the new device, but there’s still one big feature missing.
Here’s what we know so far.
The grippy, texture and thick bezels
According to the report, the bottom portion of the Pixelbook Go’s chassis sports a “grippy, ribbed” texture that “feels somewhat similar to a washboard.” Complementing this texture is a coral-style color akin to the “Not Pink” design offered with the Pixel 3.
Meanwhile, the top features a smooth, matte finish with a lighter “Not Pink” hue. Based on the images and description, the lid’s color isn’t quite so pronounced, changing in tone based on lighting and camera angles. A “Just Black” version will also be available.
Unfortunately, according to the prototype, a pretty chunky bezel sits above the screen, which houses the 2-megapixel camera and two far-field microphones for Google Assistant.
Clamshell, not 2-in-1
Unlike Google Pixelbook, the upcoming Pixelbook Go will not have a convertible design. Typically, convertibles have four modes – laptop, stand, tent, and tablet – for versatile computing. The
This is a move away from the 2-in-1 devices and tablets Google produced in the past. The Pixel Slate was announced at a similar event last year, though just six months after it’s launch, all further work on the device was canceled.
With the lid up, the
Up to a 4K screen
The prototype described in the report features a 13.3-inch touch-enabled screen with a Full HD resolution. The Google Pixelbook has a smaller 12.3-inch screen but a higher resolution at 2,400 x 1,600. It’s also 16:9, unlike the 3:2 screens we’ve seen on other Google laptops and tablets.
However, a possible big selling point for the
According to the leaks, the
In terms of memory, you’ll get an option of either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, while storage options range from 64GB up to 256GB.
8th-gen processors will no doubt make the
What’s missing? The price
Pricing for the
The Pixelbook has been the standard-bearing Chrome OS device ever since it launched in 2017, but the $999 starting price was a stumbling block for many. Chromebooks have always been seen as a cheap alternative to Windows, and the high price of the Pixel Slate was one of its primary issues, especially compared to the affordable iPad.
We’ll likely find out the price at tomorrow’s event, along with availability.
- The best student Chromebooks for 2020
- The best laptops for 2020
- The best Chromebooks for 2020
- What is a Chromebook, and should you buy one?
- Laptop buying guide: What to look for in 2020, and what to avoid