Introducing the Pixelbook Go: Google’s Affordable Chromebook

After numerous leaks and a long wait, Google has finally announced its much-awaited Pixelbook Go. It was announced at the Pixel 4 event held on October 15, 2019.

The Pixelbook Go development was no secret. Leaks started appearing online as far back as September. It seems the rumors might have been right after all.

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Pixelbook Go Chromebook

The Pixelbook Go is a recent evolution of the Chromebook. It runs Google’s Chrome OS and designed for style and mobility. It’s also one of the more reasonably priced laptops in its category, with a 13.3-inch laptop going for $649 and a fully-configured going for upwards of $1,399.

Google has gone to basics with the Pixelbook Go. It sports a touchscreen, but the screen doesn’t rotate the full 360-degree. It comes in two colors: just black and not pink.

Surprisingly, the Pixelbook Go is a metal laptop, with a body made out of Magnesium instead of the regular aluminum. According to Google engineers, Magnesium has a better strength-to-weight-ratio, leading to low material usage, costs, and weight.

It has one of the most comfortable keyboards on the market, flanked by two long speaker grilles that give off a Macbook vibe.

The Pixelbook Go sports an impressive 13.3-inch 1080p display. With a thin, average bezel that makes a smaller footprint. Its touchscreen is touch-sensitive, so no pen necessary.

Specs at a Glance

The leaks were true, or pretty near correct. The Pixelbook Go comes with the following:

  • 13.3-inch touchscreen, 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD and 4K resolution options
  • 8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 configs; 8GB or 16GB RAM options
  • 64GB, 128GB, 256GB SSD storage options
  • Titan C chip – for security purposes
  • Battery: Claimed 12 hours, with fast charge
  • Camera: Front-facing 2MP, 60 fps, 1080p video
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • 2x USB-C ports
  • 1x 3.5mm jack
  • Colors: Just Black and Not Pink

Available Pixelbook Go Configurations

Google has four configurations available to customers. These are:

  • $649: 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core m3
  • $849: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
  • $999: 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
  • $1,399: 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, UHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7

Preorders for the black $649 and $849 is already open for the US and Canada with shipping expected within a few weeks.

Conclusion

The name says it all. Pixelbook Go is the apex of the portable, small-scale build laptop at an affordable price.

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