I just finished watching the Google’s hardware event announcing new Pixel phones, and the new Pixelbook. I added the word Pixelbook to my custom dictionary, and so it begins.
First of all, it is Pixelbook with lowercase b. I was expecting (like most of you) PixelBook with an uppercase B. Second of all, the leaks got the price wrong. Pixelbook starts at $999.
The Pixelbook is currently available for preorder and ships in 3 – 4 weeks. That is if you select the first two configurations, 8GB + 128GB or 8GB + 256GB. If you opt for the i7 + 16GB + 512 GB, you will be asked to enter your email address to join a watchlist.
Here is a video:
From the Google Store:
- 12.3″ 2400×1600 (235 ppi) Quad HD LCD display for sharper images
- Touchscreen display with Google Pixelbook Pen support1
- Dual speakers with 4 mics
- Powered by a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor
- 8GB or 16GB RAM
- 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (which also supports NVME) Solid State Drive
- 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs)
- Aluminum unibody
- Up to 10 hours of battery
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
- Bluetooth® 4.2
- Backlit keys
- Google Assistant key
- Edge-to-edge trackpad
- Two USB-Cs
- 3.5mm Audio jack
Pixelbook starts at $999 for the i5 + 8GB + 128GB model. Additional $200 for i5 + 8GB + 256GB. The third variant is + 650 which gives you i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. There is an optional $249 “Preferred Care” protection plan.
You can now pre-order the device from Google Store. The device will start shipping by end of October.
The Pixelbook Pen is an $99 accessory with an Assistant button. You can do some cool things with it. The button initiates Google Assistant as expected. Another feature that was mentioned during the event is the ability to highlight something on the screen and let Google Assistant figure out what it is and provide you actions. For example, you can highlight a face on a photo and let Google Assistant scan the picture, find out who that is. If you are highlighting an actor’s face, Assistant will show you a short bio and link to their IMDB profile etc.
So, who is buying the new Pixelbook? Which model are you planning to buy? I am planning to pick up one soon. I also want a Google Buds wireless earphone with Assistant!