Whenever we think of Chromebooks, we think of the cheap low power devices running Chrome OS on top. But, Google do not intend to stop there & that’s why they’ve introduced their own Pixelbook that also runs Chrome OS but, has high end Processors, good Build quality & a high price tag.
The Pixelbook is packed with great hardware & the software is getting more matured now. So let’s have a look at the Specifications now. The Pixelbook comes with,
- A 12.3 inch 2400 x 1600 (3:2) Quad HD IPS Touch Enabled Display that covers 72% of the NTSC color Gamut
- Intel’s 7th Gen Kabylake i5 or i7 Processor Configurations
- 8GB RAM for the i5 variants & 16 GB of RAM options for the i7 variant
- 128GB, 256GB SSD Configurations for the i5 variants & 512GB NVMe SSD configuration for the i7 variant
- A Backlit Keyboard with 0.8 mm Travel
- A Glass Surfaced Edge-to-edge Trackpad
- A 720P HD Webcam that can record at 60 fps
- A 41 Wh Battery with USB Type-C Fast Charging
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
- Dual Speakers & Quad Microphones (Supports Active Noise Cancellation)
- An Aluminium Alloy Construction with a Weight of 1.1 Kilograms
- Google’s own Chrome OS on the top
So, the Google Pixelbook rivals some top of the line Windows Ultrabooks of 2017 in terms of hardware. But, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a Chromebook so, it runs on the Google Chrome OS & Google claims that they’re now making the software a lot better by adding some new features to it. The highlighting feature is definitely the Google Assistant that has finally made it’s way to Chrome OS & the Pixelbook even comes with a dedicated Assistant Key integrated into the keyboard. With this inclusion, the Pixelbook now has a more intelligent access to the web & other smart stuff that the Assistant is able to do on an Android smartphone.
Also, if you have a Pixel phone, you can now actively sync your phone with Pixelbook that’s kinda similar to what Apple does with their Macs & iPhones. Also, Google says that the Playstore Apps are now getting more optimized for the Chrome OS so, the experience is going to be much better in the near future compared to what we have today.
Another addition is the support for the new Pixel Pen & Google claims that they’ve customized the whole experience so the users feel like they are using a Pen on a Paper.
So, the Pixel Pen brings great features on board with a Sensitivity of 2000+ Pressure Levels & upto 60° Anglular Awareness. The Latency is also really short at just 10 milliseconds. It also has some other cool features like Circling a part of the screen to Trigger the Assistant & get useful info about the content on that circled area. But, Google won’t pack the Pixel pen right into the box of the Pixelbook. If you want the Pixel Pen, you need to pay an additional $99 for it.
As far as the pricing for the Pixelbook goes, three variants available in total starting from $999. Here is the complete list of the prices for all the three configurations.
- Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD : $999
- Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD : $1199
- Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD : $1649
The i5 Models are already up for pre-orders along with the Pixel Pen & the i7 models will be available a bit later. If you’re interested in the Pixelbook, i’m dropping the pre-order link below..
Preorder Link (US): Available On The Google Store
So, what do guys think about the Google Pixelbook ? Has it impressed you or you’re fine with your Windows 10 2-in-1 Ultrabook anyway ? Be sure to let us know in the comments section right below this article !