On October 28, 2019, Google revealed its Pixelbook Go along with Pixel 4 (linking). The new Pixelbook, this time they call it “Pixelbook Go” instead of PixelBook 2. Although Google hasn’t confirmed its release date, the new Pixelbook Go has already proven to be a strong Chromebook contender for new entrants.
(Note: Chromebooks aren’t typical Laptop and fall underpowering in comparison with laptop)
Look and Feel
The new Pixelbook Go will be available in two colors: just black and not pink. Unlike its predecessor, Pixelbook Go top doesn’t rotate 360-degree for the tablet mode.
It has a textured back that makes a secure grip to hold and it mounts the Google logo “G” on the bottom right in front. There are two USB-C ports: one on each side, and both supports fast charging.
The Keyboard is good enough to rival the “MacBook” keyboard. It is flanked by two speakers. There is no micro-SD card slot but has a headphone jack on the left side. Pixelbook Go can be opened by just one hand.
Pixelbook Go comes with 13.3-inch and features 16:9 touchscreen. It has two display options: HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K (3840 x 2160), Display option comes with a price point. However, it’s not recommended 4K for 13-inch laptops as there are no significant visual differences between 4K and FHD in 13-inch based laptops.
It is made of Magnesium instead of Aluminium, as Google claims, “Magnesium has a better strength-to-weight ratio”; Pixelbook Go only weighs 2.3 pounds and is 0.5 inches thick.
Hardware and Software
The new Pixelbook Go is no go for tablets; its a laptop built and runs Chrome OS with an Intel CPU. It features 1080p, 60fps webcam and ambient light sensor. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor but google emphasizes it can be unlocked by Android phones.
In terms of hardware, Pixelbook Go varies from the price point. Although all models feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi 5, in this laptop and Bluetooth 4.2 which will make Pixelbook Go a late-bloomer as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 are already here in 2019.
It includes two USB-C placed on both sides of both support charging and display output and a headphone jack.
The first Pixelbook was released in 2017 and was premium priced at whopping $1000, but this time the new Pixelbook Go comes with an optional spec and price range. The base model costs only $649, which is quite an ice-breaking deal for Google devices. Here are the specs on the price point of different models.
- $649 (Base model): FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD
- $849: FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
- $999: FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD
- $1,399: 4K, 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD
The Base-model Pixelbook Go ($649) deal may seem quite ice-breaker at first glance but falls pale in comparison. There are many available Chromebooks in a market with better specs and lower prices. Asus Chromebook Flip C434TA has a similar spec and costs only $570. Google has outdone this time with its price tag. The point of buying a $1,399 Chromebook, which is just an underpowered laptop and with a price-tag that can buy you Macbook or good Windows laptop, is quite ridiculous. Still, it is one of the most sleek-looking, premium, and powerful Chromebook you will get in the market in the future.