Google’s Pixelbook 2 is expected to launch on 9 October – here’s everything we know so far
The launch of Google’s next-generation Chromebook is imminent. Last year’s Pixelbook may have been the torchbearer for Chrome OS-powered laptops, but its successor, the Pixelbook 2, is expected to seriously up the ante.
Google is due to pull back the curtains on its latest Chromebook device at the same time as the Pixel 3 unveiling this week, where all the important details will finally be out in the open.
Ahead of time, however, I’ve gathered all the leaks, rumours and internet rumblings about the Pixelbook 2 in one handy place. Read on, and you’ll be able to show off to your fellow tech-loving friends your vast well-researched Pixelbook 2 knowledge before the laptop shows up in shops. It’s always good to be ahead of the curve, isn’t it?
Google Pixelbook 2: Everything you need to know
Google Pixelbook 2 UK release date: When will it launch?
The Google Pixelbook 2 is slated to launch in an official capacity during the Silicon Valley-based firm’s “Made by Google” event on 9 October. Starting at 4PM BST, Google will finally release all the juicy details about its upcoming products, including the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate tablet, Home Hub smart speaker and a new Chromecast media streamer.
Google Pixelbook 2 UK price: How much will it cost?
Last year, the Pixelbook launched for £999, with the priciest configuration ripping £1,700 from your wallet. There’s no indication as to what we can expect the Pixelbook 2 to launch for this year, although given the updated internals we might be forced to fork out a slightly higher premium for one.
Google Pixelbook 2 specs and design: What’s inside and what will it look like?
The updated Pixelbook is expected to look very similar to its predecessor. That’s by no means a bad thing: one of the best things about last year’s device was its premium design, and Google looks to be slightly tweaking its award-winning formula.
Designed as a 2-in-1 device, the Pixelbook 2 can be used as either a tablet or laptop, simply by spinning the screen around 360-degrees. Its screen-bordering bezels have supposedly been shaved down quite a bit this time around, and a touch-sensitive display is also returning with support for Google’s bundled stylus.
As for the insides, we don’t know too much about what’s running the show, either. Updated processors are a given, but would they be coming from Intel’s camp or, a tad more leftfield, might we see new mobile CPUs from Qualcomm powering the laptop instead?
Regardless, it’s clear that the Pixelbook 2, like its predecessor, will offer a serious performance improvement over other Chromebooks on the market. That’s what you get for paying such a high price.
Elsewhere, I think fingerprint unlocking is a high possibility, given the heavy-reliance on last year’s Pixelbook when it came to security. We might also see facial recognition unlocking for the first time, with the addition of IR cameras above the screen. A 4G LTE-equipped model would also be most welcome.