Google’s latest Chromebook is thinner, lighter, and cheaper than its last model… but Google says the new Pixelbook Go has a bigger battery, a quieter keyboard, and a design that’s focused on portability and all-day usage.
The new Pixelbook Go is up for pre-order starting today for $649 and up.
For that entry price, you can get a model with an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display.
Want beefier specs? Google will also offer models with up to a 4K display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage — but you’ll end up paying $1,399 for a top-of-the-line model. The sweet spot may be somewhere in between:
- Core m3/8GB/64GB/1080p for $649
- Core i5/8GB/128GB/1080p for $849
- Core i5/16GB/128GB/1080p for $999
- Core i7/16GB/256GB/4K for $1399
Each model has a stereo front-firing speakers, 8th-gen Intel Core processors, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, a backlit keyboard, a trackpad covered in etched glass, two USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Pixelbook Go comes with a 45 watt USB-C power adapter.
The most distinctive feature of the new Pixelbook Go may be its design — Google has opted for a magnesium body that’s thin, but sturdy and which allowed the company to go with a matte finish and an unusual “rippled, wavy bottom” that Google says makes the laptop easy to grip.
The Pixelbook Go weighs about 2 pounds, measures about half an inch thick, and has a battery that the company says is 15-percent larger than the one in the original Pixelbook, enabling up to 12 hours of battery life.
Google will offer two color options: “just black,” and “not pink.” But only the black version is available at launch, with the pink (I mean come on, it is pink) version coming soon.