The Pixelbook Go portents a change in Google’s Chromebook strategy as evidenced by the internals and starting price. Prior to getting my review unit today, I spoke with Google’s Ben Janofsky to discuss this change and learn more about the 18-month road to Pixelbook Go.
When leaked images and specs of the Pixelbook Go appeared, I wondered, “Who and what is this Chromebook for?” There are many reasons that Stadia could be the answer. Does “Go” mean “Gaming Online”?
The reported Pixelbook Go specs and design have leaked, leaving me with serious questions about Google’s strategy here. This is why I said back in June it may not be worth waiting for the next Pixelbook.
An FCC filing from Quanta shows a device with fast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. With the FCC ID number looking similar to the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, this could be the first real hardware info on the Pixelbook’s successor, the Atlas Chromebook.
With Google not considering Intel’s newest processors for Chromebooks yet, the next Pixelbook, aka: Atlas, won’t likely offer more, if any, performance than from currently available high-end devices. So why wait?
Join me at 1pm ET for a livestream of the Google I/O 2019 keynote along with commentary from the folks at This Week in Google. I don’t expect new Chromebooks but there will plenty of news to discuss.
Hoping to see the Atlas Chromebook appear at Google I/O 2019 as a Pixelbook refresh? That’s not likely going to happen this week: Look for Atlas in October.
After months of code hints, we can finally see that the Google Atlas Chromebook is a real device thanks to two videos showing it off during an early testing process.
The upcoming Atlas Chromebook is getting a co-processor, similar to those used in Apple’s iPhones and some Android handsets. Sensor data is offloaded to this low-power chip so the main processor is used for more complex actions, which saves battery life.
Connecting dots between Chrome OS code changes, recent FCC tests and Google’s October 9 event suggests that Nocturne may be a revision of the HP Chromebook X2 with LTE and possibly a secondary thin keyboard attachment.
Annoyed by hearing yourself echo on a voice or video chat with a Chromebook? That may be a non-issue going forward thanks to AEC support for Atlas and Nocturne.