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.
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.
Recent Geekbench listings suggest the next Pixelbook, likely Atlas, will use the same chipsets as the Pixel Slate. That doesn’t make sense for a few reasons.
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?
Recent benchmarks have appeared showing a Pixelbook with Android 9 running on 8-gen Intel processors that support Android Studio. Could the Pixelbook 2 simply be an internal refresh with little change on the outside?
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.
Google is reportedly getting out of the Chromebook hardware business but we don’t know why, or if it’s even true. If it is, the negative impact is minimal and there could even be some positive aspect to come.
Geekbench tests showing a device called Google Nocturne (aka: Pixel Slate) appeared online: At least one configuration is likely to be the latest Core i7 Y-series chip and 16 GB RAM, with Android 9 on board the detachable Chrome tablet.
The Google hardware leaks are just getting silly now: What looks like the Pixelbook 2 with smaller bezels appeared in a blog post… on Google’s own blog.
A hidden Google Store link shows that new device orders may begin on October 9, the day Google is expected to show off a refreshed Pixelbook, the Chrome OS tablet code-named “Nocturne” and new Pixel phones. Get your credit cards ready!