Google today announced the new Pixelbook, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid that comes powered by Chrome OS and Android apps. The company describes it as the “high performance Chromebook,” but it feels like it should be more than that.
For starters, the Pixelbook is the thinnest and lightest laptop Google has ever made. It measures in at 10.3mm thin and weighs 1.1 kilograms. Its display can be flipped 360 degrees to become a stand, tent, laptop, or tablet much like a Lenovo Yoga Book, while the screen measures in at 12.3 inches and packs a Quad HD resolution.
For specs, Google is packing either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor in the Pixelbook which is more than efficient enough to run Chrome OS. You can configure the machine with up to 512GB of storage and up to a whopping 16GB of RAM (I say whopping because it’s a lot for a Chromebook). The battery in the 2-in-1, according to Google, will last up to 10 hours with a 15-minute charge providing up to 2 hours of use. The same charger you use with the Pixelbook you can use to charge your Pixel phone so you can carry around one less cable. You know, unless you wanna charge both devices at the same time.
To coincide with the Pixelbook, Google is also introducing the Pixelbook Pen, a $99 stylus that features 10-millisecond latency. It packs 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and can be used to identify different content on your screen. For instance, if you circle a photo of rapper Logic‘s face, your Pixelbook will automatically detect it’s Bobby’s head and provide you more information on his music and background.
This entire experience is powered by the Google Assistant which is debuting on Chrome OS with the Pixelbook. The Assistant is accessible via a button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, by saying “Okay, Google,” or by tapping a key on the ultra-thin soft-touch keyboard and typing in your query. You can even use it like you would on the Google Home or Pixel phone by controlling smart devices, asking about weather information, playing music, controlling Chromecast content, and more. It remains to be seen if the Assistant will reach more Chrome OS devices in the future, but stay tuned.
As for some additional tidbits, the Pixelbook uses a new feature called Instant Tethering to automatically connect to your Pixel phone’s cellular connection when Wi-Fi is bad, the device is compatible with Android apps, you can take notes with the Pixelbook Pen right on the lock screen, and Google says developers will soon begin developing better experiences for their Android apps on larger screens, including Snapchat.
Google’s Pixelbook will launch on October 31st for $999. It’s available for pre-order today. It’ll launch in the US, UK, and Canada.