Consumers are invested in the Android operating system. Many popular phones, smartwatches, and even smart TVs run Android OS. However, the OS hasn’t really caught up on laptops. Google did launch a bunch of Chromebooks for a few years, but that failed to garner good traction. Now to give its desktop OS another boost, Google has introduced the Pixelbook.
It is a high-performance Chromebook that promises to combine the best parts of a laptop and smartphone. Pixelbook is incredibly thin at 10.3 mm and weighs only 1.1 kgs. In terms of design, it borrows heavily from Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It can transform into a laptop with a simple fold of the keyboard.
The Pixelbook has a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. The keyboard has soft touch keys and backlight. Google also promises high accuracy trackpad. Much like the Surface series, the Pixelbook comes with a smart stylus. It uses machine learning for handwriting recognition. With the reduced latency of just 10 milliseconds, it is fluid to use.
Chrome OS provides a more secure computing experience, with multiple layers of security and automatic updates. It comes with Google Assistant built in. You can use voice commands to perform tasks such as setting up a reminder, checking your commute, look up cricket scores, open a new document, or find an email. All your Google Play apps also work on this laptop. So, you can use Instagram on the Pixelbook. But, would you?
Pixelbook is powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Google hasn’t revealed information regarding RAM. The product will be available with up to 512 GB storage. But, Google wants you to save your documents, movies, music, and apps, on Google Drive.
Google claims that the Pixelbook’s battery lasts up to 10 hours. 15 minutes of charging gets you up to two hours of juice. You can also use your Pixelbook charger with your Pixel phone.
Pixelbook is available in three configurations starting at $999 in the U.S. The price will go up as you choose the faster processor and more storage. The Pixelbook Pen needs to be bought separately for $99. The pre-orders go live today in the US.