Google Pixelbook Officially Announced

At the Google event this morning, the all new Google Pixelbook was announced.  The premium Chromebook experience is the first Made By Google Chromebook since 2015 and the specs are pretty amazing.

The new Pixelbook is equipped with an Intel i5 processor or i7 processor and 8GB or 16GB of RAM and has three different storage options:  128GB, 256GB and 512GB.  The display is a 12.3″ with 2400 x 1600 resolution.  That gives it a 3:2 ratio which is what was on previous generations of Pixel Chromebooks.

The new Pixelbook is a 2-in-1 design with the tablet portion folding back behind the keyboard to give it a tablet only feel.  Like other similarly designed Chromebooks, the keyboard becomes inactive when you are in this mode to prevent erroneous key presses.

Pricing will put the new Google Pixelbook in the premium category for sure.  The 128GB with 8GB of RAM model will be $999, the 256GB model is $1399 and the 512GB model is a wallet shattering $1749.

As you would expect for a 2017 Chromebook, the Pixelbook has USB-C port for charging & accessories and it can run Android apps natively.  It can give you two hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging.

Google Pixelbook
Google Pixelbook

A unique feature to the Pixelbook is the Instant Tethering.  If you have a Pixel 2, it will auto connect to your phone to give you data through it.  That means that no LTE functionality is built into the Pixelbook itself.  It is not clear if this will work with the existing Pixel phones.

Along with the 2-in-1 device itself, Google also announced the Pixelbook Pen stylus.  The $99 accessory gives you touch functionality with 2048 points of pressure and has 60 degrees of angle input.

Pre-orders of the new Google Pixelbook start today and they will be available through retailers like Best Buy starting October 31st.

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