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Google unveils new Pixelbook, first laptop with Google Assistant

by Justin Herrick | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 10:00 am PST

Google just announced its first Chromebook in more than two years. The Pixelbook, which succeeds the original Chromebook Pixel and a 2015 follow-up model, doesn’t resemble anything else on the market. It may be based on Chrome OS and offer access to Android apps, but the Pixelbook is a high-end machine that runs circles around other Chromebooks.

It’s a cross between the Chromebook Pixel and the Pixel C. That’s because, while you can get everything done in laptop mode, the Pixelbook has a versatile hinge that allows it to be used in tablet mode. That means you can flatten the body. Google actually says the phone has a 4-in-1 design. With the hinge, you can also position the Pixelbook to stand like a tent or on its keyboard. So it’s a total hybrid. If you want a laptop, you can get that in the Pixelbook. But you even get a tablet.

The Pixelbook features a 12.3-inch display, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 512GB of internal storage, around 10 hours of battery life, Google Assistant, and access to Google Play.

Google’s Pixelbook Pen, which costs $99, is a “smart, responsive stylus” that allows enables natural sketching and writing on the device’s display. The stylus has latency that measures just 10 milliseconds and angular awareness of 60 degrees. And, like any fancy stylus, the Pixelbook Pen has 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Pricing starts at $999, and the Pixelbook will be released in select markets on October 31. The Google Store as well as other retailers including Best Buy are already taking pre-orders today.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...