Can the Pixelbook become the first mainstream Chromebook?

Google has officially declared the second generation of Pixel smartphones both featuring solid specifications and one of the best cameras on the market. Apart from that, there were a variety of different products that the search giant announced including a brand new premium Chromebook called the Pixelbook.

Now this is the second time Google is aiming at a premium laptop loaded with its Chrome OS. The first was the Chromebook Pixel which made its debut in 2013. Sundar Pichai, who had been Senior Vice President of engineering and in charge of Chrome and Android at the time had said that the aim behind the high-end Chromebook Pixel model was “to push the boundary and build something premium. Google engineers put out on the ‘labour of love’ project a couple of years back, asking themselves, ‘What could we do if we really needed to design the best computer possible in the best price possible?”

In 2015, Google refreshed the Chromebook Pixel with minor changes on the outside but more solid updates on the inside including the processor, storage and also the battery.

While the notebook did stand outside, it didn’t receive a lot of attention and considering that the high price point, it made more sense to opt for a Windows machine.

This year Google has yet again made an attempt to lure customers into buying a premium top-of-the-line notebook running on Chrome OS. It may be folded like a tablet, or propped up in tent manner whenever you are consuming media. It is similar to the Lenovo Yoga series as well as other convertible Windows notebooks. It has an aluminum unibody design and Google has set a glass visor on the lid exactly like the Pixel smartphones.

It runs on Chrome OS with assistance of Android apps and best part, it comes with Google Assistant built-in.

As for hardware, the new Pixelbook is being supplied in a Intel Core i5 or even an i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM. Storage sees a big bump as Google is offering up to 128GB going all the way up to 512GB of SSD storage. The touch LCD display steps at 12.3-inches with a 2400×1600 resolution. There is a backlit keyboard, a massive trackpad, dual speakers, a headphone jack, four microphones and two USB-C interfaces for charging and data transfer. Speaking of charging Google states that a 15-minute charge can give approximately 2 hours of battery life to the Pixelbook.

Pricing begins at $999 which sets it in the premium class. At that price point you’ll find tons of solid Windows options which obviously give you a wider scope for productivity. It seems that Google has once again made a excellent useless item. I really don’t find the product going mainstream especially at that price tag.

Having said this, I really love how the Pixelbook is designed and I am looking forward to check it out, if it ever comes to India. Google never launched the Chromebook Pixel in India and it appears unlikely that Google will change its mind for its new product.

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