Google pixelbook news: In 2017, when Google first released the Pixelbook, it was welcomed with both widespread acclaim and widespread disdain from consumers. A lot of people were hesitant to buy the new Google laptop because of its high price tag (a thousand dollars) and its reliance on the unproven Chrome OS.
But now it’s a different story. With the premium Chromebook market maturing, the timing of a Pixelbook 2 release could be better than in 2017.
Everything we know about the rumoured Pixelbook 2 is included below. The latest information about the Pixelbook will be found on this page, so be sure to bookmark it.
Is a Pixelbook 2 in the works?
Perhaps the most fundamental inquiry is whether or not a Pixelbook 2 will be released. We anticipated that Google will release a new Pixelbook in 2019, and the company has partially delivered with the Pixelbook Go. In all honesty, this wasn’t a proper follow-up to the Pixelbook from 2017.
In addition, Google had previously introduced the Google Pixel Slate, a Chrome OS tablet/hybrid comparable to the Microsoft Surface. That was obviously not a legitimate sequel to the Pixelbook. Since the Pixel Slate was not well received by consumers, Google has stopped developing tablets altogether.
With the Pixel Slate line being discontinued and the Pixelbook moniker being carried on by the Pixelbook Go in 2019, a successor to the Pixelbook appears likely. As to whether this will occur in 2021 or not, that was the major question. That doesn’t look likely right now, though. The year 2023 is seeming more likely now. Not least since Google didn’t unveil the Pixelbook 2 at the October 2021 Pixel Fall Launch event and a Google executive has already stated that the company has no plans to release a new Pixelbook in 2022.
Whatever the case may be, Google pulled the plug on the first-generation Pixelbook in September of 2020. While it may be some time before we see a sequel, the time has come for one.
When will Google officially unveil the Pixelbook 2?
The Google Pixelbook 2 was expected to debut during Google’s September 30, 2020, hardware presentation. There was no Pixelbook release alongside the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Nest Audio smart speaker, and new Chromecast with Google TV. Following the October 2021 Pixel Fall Debut event, where the Pixel 6 family of devices was introduced, expectations were high for the launch of the PixelBook 2.
For reference, Google unveiled the original Pixelbook at this event in October 2017. Later, during the 2019 gathering, the Pixelbook Go was introduced after its predecessor, the Pixel Slate, had been introduced at the 2018 gathering. Consequently, it was reasonable to anticipate that the forthcoming Pixelbook will be unveiled at the same event in 2020 or 2021.
There is a good chance that the COVID-19 epidemic will disrupt such plans in 2020 along with everything else. But now that Google has delayed the sequel’s debut from 2021 as well, we have no idea what’s behind these delays. A Google representative recently stated that the company has no plans to release a new Google Pixelbook in 2021 or 2022. A launch in 2023 was not explicitly confirmed by the manager.
What was actually said was, “There won’t be anything coming next year. In the long run, I can’t say. While it may appear that nothing can save the Pixelbook, Google is highly unlikely to completely forsake the line.
The original Pixelbook was distinguished by its 3:2 aspect ratio touchscreen display. The Pixelbook stands out from the crowd because of its unusual display ratio of 18.4:9.
Is this an aspect ratio we may expect to see in the Pixelbook 2?
We can’t say for sure yet, but we don’t think so. The most recent Pixel laptop, the Pixelbook Go, features a 16:9 display, which is why we make this statement. Furthermore, the lukewarm reception of the Pixel Slate among consumers may indicate that 3:2 isn’t what they desire. Since no other major laptop line has followed suit, Google may decide to drop the 3:2 innovation in favour of a more conventional aspect ratio.
However, you can rest assured that the new Pixelbook will be a powerful machine with high-quality components. You can count on the Pixelbook 2 to support styluses, and it wouldn’t shock us if certain cutting-edge features like Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 were built in by default.
The processor is another area of concern. The Pixel 6 smartphones include a whole new CPU designed by Google and dubbed Tensor. Like Apple, may Google incorporate this chipset in a future iteration of the Pixelbook? It makes a lot of sense, and there’s even some proof to back up our suspicions.
Leaks of what appear to be official Pixelbook 2 renders came from @AppleLe257 in November 2021. The leaked images depict the Pixelbook 2 in a rainbow of colours. According to the source, the Pixelbook 2 will have a 13.3-inch screen and will be powered by Google Tensor. We can’t be sure if this leak is correct, but if it is, we may expect the Pixelbook 2 in 2023 at the earliest.
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be shocking if the next Pixelbook was optimised for Google Stadia, which might affect the design and specifications in a number of ways. Furthermore, this would lend credence to our speculation that the Pixelbook 2 could sport a 16:9 (or possibly 16:10) display, which is crucial for gaming.
Cost of the Google Pixelbook 2
We mentioned at the outset of this piece that the first Pixelbook was heavily criticised for its $1,000 price tag (as did the high pricing of the Pixel Slate). Given this, you may expect Google to attempt to reduce the Pixelbook 2’s starting price.
Unfortunately, Google isn’t typically like that. It’s likely that Google will keep the price of the Pixelbook 2 in the four-digit range if it wants the Pixelbook series to be seen as the premium flagship for Chrome OS. The fact that there is a Pixelbook Go lends credence to this notion. Now that the Go exists, we can advertise it as the “budget” alternative to the Pixelbook.
However, it seems Google has had a change of heart about the steep prices it charges for its Pixel smartphones. The Google Pixel 5’s base pricing was significantly less than those of its predecessors, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 3. When compared to its features, the Pixel 6’s price is also very reasonable. In light of this, it is feasible, albeit improbable, that Google will reduce the cost of a future Pixelbook 2. But we won’t put money on it happening.