While Chromebooks have made huge inroads in the education market over the past few years, it’s been a while since Google released a new Chromebook Pixel for Chrome OS fans looking for a best-in-class device. Now it looks like the wait is almost over.

Droid Life reports that Google will launch a new model called the Google Pixelbook on October 4th, along with its new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini speaker, and Daydream View headset.

And in true Chromebook Pixel style, the new laptop will be expensive. Very expensive. Prices are expected to start at $1199.

The good news is that Google is reportedly going to offer plenty of storage. While older Chromebook Pixel devices tended to top out at 64GB, the new version is said to start at 128GB. So here’s a run-down of the prices/storage capacities, according to Droid Life:

  • 128GB model for $1199
  • 256GB model for $1399
  • 512GB model for $1749

While Droid Life doesn’t have any details on the processor, RAM, or other specs, it sure sounds like Google’s laptops are going to be a bit more laptop-like this time around… they’ll also be more tablet-like though.

The Pixelbook is said to have a 360-degree hinge that lets you fold back the screen and hold the device like a tablet. And there’s optional support for a Pixelbook Pen, which is a $99 accessory for pressure-sensitive input, allowing you to write and draw on the screen. There’s also support for tilt detection, and rumor has it that there’s next to no lag.

The decision to add a tablet mode and lots of storage both make a lot of sense now that Chromebooks aren’t just glorified web browsers anymore. Many Chromebooks can also run Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store and those touchscreen-friendly apps and games can take up a lot of space if you add enough of them.

Of course, I’m sure folks who don’t care about Chrome OS/Android all that much might be interested in the extra storage: users have a long history of installing GNU/Linux distributions on Chromebooks, and it’s likely that this will be one of the best to date in terms of hardware and design.

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8 replies on “$1199 Google Pixelbook premium Chromebook with pen support leaked”

  1. Both are right, you can do (almost) everything on the web, and if there is something you can not do, you can talk to a developer and fence that is done. And also, we have many people who either do not want total web or do not have internet in our house or any other reason, but we want things off line.

    My example, I do not want MS Office 360 ​​at all, I prefer to have it installed on my computer, but I also need to have my documents always on hand, so for that I need the cloud.

  2. While I think that is neat, I get a Chromebook because it is usually a lower price than other computer types. While this is not on my list of computers to get next, I think there are those who would buy it.

  3. Seriously? A web browser for $1750?

    It goes from LOL -> WTF -> REALLY? -> HOW HIGH ARE YOU

    1. There is no need to dual boot. You can run ChromeOS, Android and Ubuntu at the same time on a Chromebook. The only obstacle is the RAM. I ran all 3 on an Acer R11, and things were getting pretty slow with only 4GB. An 8GB or 16GB Chromebook would really make running all 3 simultaneously a better experience.

  4. Have had my eye on the Huawei MateBook X but this Pixelbook could be a real contender. The storage improvements are a big departure for Google. I wonder too how the port situation will look like and if they’ve outfitted it with additional sensors (for the Android part of it).

    The biggest selling point on Pixel laptops have always been their document-friendly screens. Can’t wait for more info to come out.

  5. Google can dream on…no way , most chromebooks are crap with poor android app support. The Intel powered ones will never work properly and all the Arm ones are running outdated chips with tech from 2013…so NO!

  6. STARTING at $1200? gulp. Just a bit more than I was willing to pay, but I’ll reserve judgment until it is actually announced. I’ve been heavily testing an Acer R11 for how well it runs as an Android tablet and chromebook/netbook. So far, surprisingly good. I’d love to ditch my 11.6″ Macbook Air + 12.9 iPad Pro and replace them with a convertible chromebook.

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