Google has been the driving force behind Chrome OS for years, making expensive but visionary hardware to compete with other OEMs in starting a fire, with the Google Pixelbook being the case. This year, with the Google Pixelbook Go, Google is making its Chrome OS hardware vision available to buyers of all types, beginning at $649, and also offering high-end upgrades such as a 4K display.
The first thing you need to know about the Google Pixelbook is that unlike its predecessors — the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate — the Go Pixelbook is not a tablet nor does it fold over to become one. This is a Chromebook clamshell through and through, but it’s made into a very good thing by Google.
Looking over the newly announced exterior device, the “rippled, wavy bottom” immediately stands out — particularly in the Not Pink colorway’s bold coral color. The underbelly textured is designed to make the Pixelbook Go easy to grip on a tablet or convertible in a way that doesn’t make sense.
Most excitingly, when you open the clamshell, you’ll find the Google Pixelbook Go’s true pearl two giant front-firing speakers running along either side of the keyboard. These are supposed to pack quite a punch and are another way for Google to make the most of the clamshell form factor.
Unlike virtually every other laptop, the Pixelbook Go sports a front-facing camera that Google chose to dubb the “Duo Cam,” placing extra focus on their Google Duo Facetime rival. In this case, however, the name is particularly telling, as it has a simple 2 megapixel sensor, which is at least sufficient to provide 60 frames per second of 1080p video.
The Pixelbook Go is almost similar to the Pixel Slate under the hood, providing the same Intel processor options from the core m3 to the core i7. Where Google’s Pixelbook Go sets itself apart internally is the option of having 16 GB of RAM on a Core i5 model creating a great upper-mid-range option lacking from Google’s Chrome OS devices.
- Processor – Intel Core m3 / i5 / i7
- RAM – 8GB / 16GB
- Storage – 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
- Audio – Dual front firing speakers + two mics for noise cancellation
- Dimensions – 12.2″ x 8.1″ x 0.5
The Google Pixelbook Go will also have an optional feature that is currently only found on another Chromebook, a proper 13.3′′ 4K Ultra HD “Molecular Display.” While having a 4K display on a Chromebook may seem excessive, you’ll be able to make good use of it once the streaming service Google Stadia launches on November 19th. Unlike past Chromebooks from Google, however, the Pixelbook Go uses a display ratio of 16:9 as opposed to traditional 3:2.
Through offering different of processor, RAM and display options, a Pixelbook Go is sure to be ideal for your needs and budget. Even the most stripped down option — featuring a Core m3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a Full HD 1080p screen — can look and feel like a $649 Pixelbook. This is a steep price cut from the already discounted base price of $799 for the Google Pixel Slate.
The Google Pixelbook Go is now available in the U.S. in Just Black for pre-order, while Not Pink is likely to be available sometime after release. Sometime in January, pre-orders in the UK will go live.