Google announced the Pixelbook along with other gadgets like the Pixel 2 XL and Google Clips at the annual hardware event in San Francisco. Starting from $999 for 8GB RAM variant the 16GB RAM variant is priced at $1649. Yes, it is expensive for a device which doesn’t have the high end functionality of a Windows laptop or a Macbook but it does pack some good stuff. Just like chromebooks the 2 in 1 Pixelbook runs on Chrome OS. Pixelbook now supports android apps which can be resized but they go full screen in the tablet mode. So apart from using web based apps you now have access to a variety of android apps.
Pixelbook is really compact and lightweight, it is only 10 mm thin and weighs 1 kg. The keyboard can be wrapped around 360 degrees to use as a Tablet or it can bend like a tent while watching movies. Just like the Pixel smartphones, Pixelbook has a combination of aluminum and glass in its design giving it a beautiful look. Pixelbook has a 12.3 inch touch screen having a resolution of 2400 x 1600 with bezels around the border to enhance the tablet mode.
The backlit keyboard has a dedicated key for Google’s virtual assistant. That’s right, Google has incorporated the assistant in the Pixelbook and it can do all of its usual tasks. The glass track pad is flanked by palm rests made from ‘advanced silicone’ and they are very comfortable. They also serve the purpose of adding a cushion between the keyboard and the screen when the Pixelbook is closed and they provide a grip when placed on a surface as a tablet.
The Pixelbook provides 2 USB C ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is support for fast charging and a full charge can last up to 10 hours.
The $99 smart Pen is optional to purchase and comes with button for Google’s virtual assistant. If you circle anything on screen with it then the assistant will perform a search based on that selection’s content. The assistant can also be invoked the ‘OK Google’ voice command.
Pixelbook will go on sale from 31st October this year. Chromebooks have always had a dedicated set of users and now with improved chromebook in the form of Pixelbook, Google plans to increase their user base.
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