As part of Google’s hardware press event today, the company has confirmed previous rumors that it will release a new Chromebook called the Google Pixelbook. Among other things, it will be able to fold its 12.3-inch display so it can work like a tablet in addition to a notebook. The device will also support the Play Store, allowing you to use your favorite Android apps.
The Pixelbook is the thinnest and lightest laptop Google has ever made at just 1.1kg (about 2.4 pounds) and 10.3mm. The battery of the device is supposed to last up to 10 hours on a single charge, and it can get 2 hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging. It will also feature instant hotspot tethering with Android phones.
It’s the first laptop with Assistant on board, which you can access by saying “Ok Google” or pressing the dedicated Assistant key. It allows you to set a reminder, look up a score of your favorite sports team, find an email, and so forth.
Google also announced the Pixelbook Pen accessory for $99, which can be used with the touchscreen of the Pixelbook. The company partnered with Wacom on the stylus, which has 10 ms of latency, 60 degrees of angular awareness and over 2,000 of pressure sensitivity. You can use it for various tasks including circling an image or text in order to look up a word or find out more about the picture.
The US, Canada and the UK will be the first markets for the Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, Prices start at $999 with an Intel Kaby Lake Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, You can also get the same Pixelbook with 256 GB of storage for $1,199, or you can get one with an Intel Core i7 chip, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for $1,699. Pre-orders start today, and shipments begin on October 31.