Google is reportedly working on a new operating system named Andromeda that combines Android with the best features of Chrome OS. A new report offers up some details on what could be the first official Andromeda device.
Android Police reports that Google is hard at work on a laptop-tablet hybrid codenamed “Bison” and also referred to internally as the Pixel 3, though it apparently won’t be branded as a Chromebook. The new product will allegedly launch roughly a year from now in Q3 2017. It could offer extremely high-end hardware for a reasonable price, though the final details are all subject to change.
In its current form, the Pixel 3 features a 12.3-inch display and a super-slim 10mm frame. It should function as a both a laptop and a tablet. However, it’s unclear if that will be achieved with a detachable display or a 360-degree rotating hinge.
The Pixel 3 will reportedly pack a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, stylus support (with a Wacom pen sold separately), stereo speakers, a quad microphone array, 10-hours of battery life, a backlit keyboard, a haptic glass trackpad and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Under the hood, it allegedly offers an Intel Core m3 or i5 processor, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM,. This suggests Google will sell at least two distinct models.
Android Police claims the Pixel 3 could sell for as low as $799. That would certainly give Google an advantage if it wants to compete with high-end laptops from Apple, Microsoft and others.
Google probably won’t mention the Pixel 3 at its big October 4 event, where it’s expected to unveil plenty of new hardware launching this year. However, it’s still possible we could get an early look at the Andromeda software that’s set to power the company’s rumored tablet-laptop hybrid.