Because of its clean design and strong internals, the Google Pixelbook is still one of the greatest Chromebooks in the marketplace now, and a competent Windows or Mac replacement.
It has been over two years because the Pixelbook went on sale, however, and we recently saw the announcement and launch of the Pixelbook Go instead.
Since that time, speculation and rumors have been dispersing regards to the real successor to Google’s first Pixelbook what we think to called the Google Pixelbook 2. Here’s what we know up to now.
Google’s final hardware occasion was on October 15, 2019. Though the Pixel 4 and the Pixelbook Go and many other goods were revealed, we did not observe the Pixelbook 2.
The Pixelbook Go ended up being a clamshell notebook, rather than a tablet or 2-in-1 such as the Pixelbook.
That said, we might wind up seeing the Pixelbook 2 published next year in October of 2020 instead.
In the end, Google has already billed the Pixelbook Proceed to function as reasonably priced flagship Chromebook option.
More importantly, however, based on Chromeunboxed, a new wave of Chromebooks will be arriving later in 2020. As we detail later, this cites stylus support, WiFi 6, and much more.
10th-gen Intel processors?
We still do not know what chip generation Google will use from the Pixelbook 2. Given the recent launch of Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake chips, and Comet Lake chips, that appears like the ideal option for your Pixelbook two come 2020, but it’s also possible that we will see a next-generation Intel chip that launches in 2020, rather.
When it started in late 2017, the first Pixelbook shared the identical 7th-generation Intel mobile chips as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, which makes it a capable machine for a Chromebook.
Google finally did make the change to Intel’s 8th-generation chips in October when it announced the Pixel Slate.
That device debuted with Intel’s Amber Lake Y-Series chip, coming in a dual-core, four-thread architecture that is designed for light and thin devices.
Sticking with Intel chips could help the Pixelbook 2 improve upon the performance of the first, but it might also help Google deliver dual-boot support to Chrome OS. Unfortunately, Google didn’t debut the dual-booting attribute when it unveiled the Pixel Slate, and it is unclear if dual-boot service is in the works .
Could Qualcomm also be an option?
Qualcomm has made its way into Always Connected Windows 10 PCs with thanks to the Snapdragon 8cx. However, it was rumored that Qualcomm could also bring its Snapdragon SoC over to Chromebooks too.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC was stated to be that choice for Chromebooks for overdue 2019.
At the time of writing, this hasn’t come to life in a genuine item, but Chromeunboxed reports that according to coding at the repositories in Chromium, work does continue to Qualcomm service code-named using a baseboard as”Cheza”.
It is a crazy bet, but this may mean that future Chromebooks, and the Pixelbook 2, might be powered by Qualcomm chips.
WiFi 6, Stylus Support, LTE, Thunderbolt 3, and more
We don’t know a lot about what the Pixelbook 2 will look like, or what specs it will have, but there is no reason to stop the speculation.
As we previously mentioned, coding in Chromium cites some attributes in future flagship Chromebooks, and what could be presumed to be the Pixelbook two as well. This signals that Google is actively working on tweaking the Chrome OS applications for these attributes.
According to Chromeunboxed, future Chromebooks falling under the”Hatch” code-name could feature NVMe storage, RGB IR detectors, stylus support, WiFi 6, in addition to Bluetooth 5 and Thunderbolt 3 support.
We know Google was planning support for Thunderbolt 3, so this would not be too surprising. In any event, these features will be appreciated, and sure do seem like something you need in a premium Chromebook such as Pixelbook 2.
A tale of two Pixelbooks
Early leaks in 2018 indicated that Google was developing two devices internally called Nocturne and Atlas. Both devices made appearances in the Chromium repository and look quite likely to be two unique renditions of a second-generation Pixelbook.
When Atlas first showed up in the repository, it had been stated to be”closely related to eve,” with Eve being the codename of the first Pixelbook. Atlas also has the identical number of ports as the first Pixelbook.
Nocturne, as we now know from Google’s event in late 2018, launched as the Pixel Slate. In the event, Google executives claimed that the Slate represents the provider’s new vision for Chrome OS to provide entertainment and productivity on the go. The Slate is Google’s first Chrome OS tablet, but also one which can convert into a notebook as a result of an optional $199 keyboard folio accessory.
Atlas was then thought to be the codename for the Pixelbook two, a Chrome OS convertible laptop which would share a similar form factor to the first Pixelbook. Since that time, the Pixel Slate and future Google Pixel pills are canned.