Leaked videos suggest Google Atlas Chromebook may not be a Pixelbook successor
It’s been long rumored that the device codenamed “Atlas” would be a member of Google’s Pixel lineup or even a Pixelbook 2. But two new leaked videos have sparked speculation that the laptop could be something entirely different. The leaks were initially shared by Brandon Lall on Twitter before being picked up by About Chromebooks.
A brief clip filmed in landscape mode shows off the Atlas device from the top of the screen to the first two rows of the keys. It’s plain to see that the computer has quite rounded corners, whereas the Pixelbook had a straighter design to its edges. The display appears to have a 16:9 aspect ratio, which differs from the 3:2 ratio used by the Pixelbook. In the top right corner of the keyboard there is a power button, whereas the Pixelbook has a collapsed menu icon (“hamburger” button) here. Thick Pixelbook-like bezels are present, though.
Further clues are offered in a second video that has been shot in portrait mode. The placeholder “ProductName” can be seen above the keyboard; there’s no Google “G” logo. It’s also clear to see there’s a pretty decent screen installed in this Chromebook laptop. The original Pixelbook came with a 12.3-inch display offering a resolution of 2400x1600; the test model in the video could be sporting a 4K screen. It will be very interesting to find out exactly what “Atlas” is going to be, with one suggestion being that it’s actually a Chromebook for one of Google’s hardware partners, such as Samsung.