Shutting down the rumor mill about a Pixel 2, PC World reports:
While the new Chromebooks are expected to be flagship products for their respective brands, don’t expect a repeat of the Chromebook Pixel; that product, which paired an Intel “Ivy Bridge” Core processor with an incredible 2560-by-1700 pixel touch display, was a “prototype” to show off the power of the Chromebook platform and will not be repeated, Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google, told a small roundtable of reporters on Wednesday.
So that’s it guys. Google won’t be sending you a Pixel 2.
Update: JR Raphael, author of the PC World article got a response from Google on Pixel 2
A Google spokesperson just reached out to me with the following information:
We did not say that Pixel will not be repeated; we don’t comment on future or unannounced products. At launch we said Pixel was designed to bring together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks, and to work with the ecosystem to continue to push the experience forward for touch and high-DPI web. We see that playing out.
So, stand down: There may or may not be a Google-made follow-up to the Chromebook Pixel in the future, but at this point, it’s certainly still a distinct possibility.
Google Won’t do Pixel 2, but….
But someone else might. It may not be called pixel 2, but someone else might make something that you all wish for, in the form of a Pixel 2. A Chromebook with touchscreen, high quality build, long bettery life etc. Something priced between $700 – $800.
I do not know if it is a good idea to do such a Chromebook right now though. For a preimum Chromebook to sell in large numbers, there needs to be a huge demand of reasonably priced and cheap Chromebooks already in place.
I am not saying that there isn’t a good market for Chromebooks already. There is defnitely good demand for Chromebooks, but there isn’t huge demand tha I am talking about.
When Chromebooks are a household name, someone might think of a Pixel-2-like Chromebook.