It might be replaced by two new Pixelbook devices that serve different segments of the market. While the Pixelbook 2 would continue offering a premium experience, there could be a low-cost alternative as well. Both are expected to run Chrome OS.
For the most part, the Pixelbook 2 has stayed away from the rumor mill. The only information we have on it as that, as expected, there will be a smaller bezel surrounding its display. Other than that, we can only assume Google will tweak its design and bring performance upgrades.
The low-cost Pixelbook, though, isn’t nearly as shy. Google has mentioned ‘Nocturne’ behind the scenes already, and it showed up in a leak earlier this month. Aside from its operating system, part of Nocturne’s design was exposed. Now we can see what’s allegedly Nocturne in its entirety.
In a fresh leak, Nocturne was caught attached to one of Brydge’s keyboards. The accessory maker had built a staging website for products that are set to launch soon.
Here’s the photo, which was spotted by About Chromebooks:
The new, budget-friendly Pixelbook model won’t have a built-in keyboard. Google is expected to offer Nocturne as a tablet, and then users can purchase attachable keyboards to easily switch between modes. It should be a laptop or tablet as needed, the latter mode benefitting from Android apps.
Google does appear to have a thinner bezel on this product than last year’s Pixelbook, and it has the same 3:2 aspect ratio. Nocturne will have at least one USB-C port, too.
If you look closely at the top, you’ll see a small divot in the frame. What is that? Based on several reports, Nocturne and the Pixelbook 2 are likely going to include fingerprint recognition. So that space could be for Nocturne’s fingerprint scanner. Google’s already hinted at the feature itself.
What’s missing, though, is a front-facing camera. There must be a front-facing camera on Nocturne; therefore, it’s possible Brydge was given a placeholder image until the full unveiling. It’d be strange for any laptop or tablet to launch without that feature no matter how inexpensive.
The October 9 launch event will be held in New York City, and TechnoBuffalo has a spot reserved to delivery live coverage to you all day.
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