It’s pretty obvious at this point that Google will launch the Pixel 4 line of smartphones at its October 15th hardware event. But we could see other new hardware as well — and the folks at 9to5Google are pretty sure Google’s next Chromebook will be unveiled next month.

According to the website’s sources, it’ll be called the Pixelbook Go, and it’ll be a traditional clamshell-style laptop with a 13.3 inch screen featuring a 16:9 aspect ratio.

That’s a break from the past few first-party Chrome OS devices from Google. The Pixel Slate was a tablet, while the original Pixelbook was a convertible tablet-style laptop.

According to 9to5Google, the Pixelbook Go will be available with the following configuration options:

  • Display: Full HD or 4K
  • CPU: Intel Core m3/i3/i5/i7
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB

The new model is also expected to have better speakers, dual microphones, and a 2MP front-facing camera with support for 1080p60 video capture.

Other features include two USB-C ports and a headset jack.

Oh, and if the picture above looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it before — 9to5Google says the “Atlas” Chromebook that showed up in some developer videos in March, 2019 is indeed an early version of the new Pixelbook Go.

Of course you should take all of this with a grain of salt. Google hasn’t confirmed anything yet and even if the report is accurate as of today, things could change between now and October 15th.


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6 replies on “Report: Google to launch Pixelbook Go in October”

  1. I hope it’s not overpriced like the other Pixelbooks. I’m not willing to pay a premium price over $700 for a Chromebook.

  2. Surface Go from Microsoft. Could Google not come up with a more unique name?

  3. That’s a little disappointing, if true. I was kind of warming to the idea of the return of squarer laptop screens — either 16:10 or 3:2.

    The issue is likely one of cost, unfortunately.

    1. I never really understood what does 16:9 screens have to do with cost. I mean I understand if one manufacturer comes up with the brilliant idea and say, let’s move from 16:10 to 16:9 and everyone follows for some reason then 16:9 becomes cheaper than 16:10, but if the whole industry doesn’t move away from 16:10 in the first place then obviously 16:9 isn’t cheaper today. It seems a chicken and egg problem to me.

      1. “I never really understood what does 16:9 screens have to do with cost.”

        16:9 is the HDTV standard. Computer manufacturers originally moved towards 16:9 to take advantage of the economies of scale associated with TV manufacturing (and as people started watching DVDs and other video on their computers), and those economies only increased as a result.

        1. Thanks for your insight, but I still don’t get it: TV screens are much larger than notebook displays. Even comparing small TV screens to large notebook displays.

          OK. Realistically how much money can be saved per average laptop by now showing large horizontal bezels instead of screen real estate on the majority of them?

          “and as people started watching DVDs and other video on their computers”

          Especially people who want to use their laptops for any kind of work are happy about these developments.

          Let’s take notebooks only, not desktops. For reference, Apple uses 16:9 as their larger desktop displays but, thankfully, they still use 16:10 on their notebooks. Interestingly Dell also came back with a 16:10 screen for their latest XPS notebook, one model:

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