If you think the original Pixelbook is more appealing than the Pixelbook Go, Google is happy to sell you one at a discount: Refurbished Pixelbooks are available for $699, saving you $300.
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.
The final design images of the upcoming Asus Chromebook Flip C433 show a very Pixelbook-like design with small screen bezels that still has enough room to fit a full-sized USB port.
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?
While there are plenty of newer, high-end Chromebook choices on the market, the Pixelbook is still a solid 2-in-1. Certified refurbished models now range from $699.99 to $1,099.99.
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?
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.