Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support
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After an absence of over 12 months, a juicy leak has resulted in the early reveal of the next premium Chromebook from Google. Rather than calling the third-generation model the Chromebook 3, Google has opted to call the new device the Google Pixelbook. What’s more, the new device also supports a new Google-branded stylus.
Expected to be officially unveiled at the Google Pixel 2 launch event on October 4, the leak suggests that the Pixelbook will come in three storage configurations. According to Droid Life, we can the following pricing/configuration options:
- 128 GB model @ US$1199
- 256 GB model @ US$1399
- 512 GB model @ US$1749
While Google’s Chromebook Pixel notebooks always seemed like overkill, the new Android app support built into the latest version of the company’s thin-client Chrome OS may help to explain the return of this concept to the market. The addition of the Pixelbook Pen (US$99) should also help to broaden its overall appeal particularly when taking advantage of its new 2-in-1 form convertible form factor.
Although the Pixelbook's predecessors all ran Intel x86 chips, Chrome OS has been coded for ARM processors as well. It pricing suggests, however, that Intel's more expensive silicon is on board. We can only hope that it will be running Intel's 8th-gen silicon -- it might help to make those who purchase it feel better about parting with the cash normally forked out for a high-end Windows notebook.