I woke up to this treasure trove of Google leaks this morning. Droid Life has literally leaked the October 4th Google hardware event. I am hoping that there will still be some surprises for us on the 4th. Okay, to the Pixelbook.
The third generation Chromebook Pixel is expected to be called Pixelbook. (Google now calls their flagship phone hardware Pixels, but the Pixel brand was inaugurated by the first generation Pixel Chromebook. Hence, Chromebooks are the real owners of the Pixel legacy).
Here is what we know so far, thanks to the Droid Life leak:
- There will be 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options.
- The 128GB version will start at $1,199
- The 256GB model will cost $1,399
- The 512GB option will cost $1,749
- For the first time, the Pixel Chromebook (Pixelbook) will be a convertible
- There will be an official “Pixel Pen” stylus, but it will cost “$99). ( I thought this was to be called Assistant Pen?)
Are We Ready For Expensive Chromebooks?
Chromebooks were always believed to be devices with limited local storage, thanks to the cloud-first computing that its users were expected to follow. Looks like Google Play Store and Android apps have changed that. That gives us expensive Chromebooks with extra storage. Will the Chromebook community welcome this change? Will it bring new members to the Chromebook community? We will have to wait and watch how that plays out.
Why Call It Pixelbook?
Also, I am still wondering why the new name, Pixelbook. Pixel Chromebook was a name that no one would have complained about. Why would you even imitate the Sufacebook name?
Or are we missing something here? Are there any secret features that will convince us on this new name?