Google Pixelbook 2: what we want to see

The Google Pixelbook has now been out for more than a year, but it is still easy it dear Chromebook currently on the market. It is the perfect example of what the Chromebook is capable of. For that reason alone, we gave it a raging five-star review. The Pixelbook can withstand the test of time, even the Google Pixel Slate, which replaces everything but. And the Google Pixelbook continues to blind into the distant future, especially now virtual desktops come to Chrome OS.

Yet the & # 39; perfect product & # 39; not in our mind – there is always room for improvement. The Google Pixelbook is no exception to that rule. So after we have tested the Pixelbook daily for a while, we have put together a wish list with things we want to see in the follow-up.

Because the original Pixelbook has been out for a while, we can probably come across the Pixelbook 2 in the very near future. So keep it locked for TechRadar and we will update this article with new information or rumors coming our way.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The second Pixelbook, a high-end Chromebook
  • When will it be out? Somewhere in 2019
  • What will it cost? Probably as much as – if not more than – the current model

Edition date Google Pixelbook 2

Google has held a special annual event in recent years and is pushing new Pixel phones. This event takes place every October, with the phones appearing on the shelves a few weeks later.

In 2017, next to the Pixel 2 and Pixel Buds, the company has announced the first generation Pixelbook. However, when Google organized this event in 2018, the Pixelbook 2 was not in their list. Instead, we received the Google Pixel Slate, a tablet powered by Chrome OS, which was billed by Google as the successor to the Pixelbook legacy.

Because Google is removing employees from computer hardware, we may not see the Pixelbook 2 in 2019. That would be a shame, considering that the Google Pixel Slate was not received too positively.

Google Pixelbook 2

Price of Google Pixelbook 2

When Google has released its own Chromebook, whether it is the original Chromebook Pixel or more recently Pixelbook, it has priced the laptops at the high end.

Google has always positioned its devices as inspiration for its partners to strive to develop its own Chromebooks.

It would be great to see Google losing its pricing structure by a few hundred dollars, but we don't see that happening.

Expect the Pixelbook 2 to start around the $ 999 / £ 999 brand and go up from there. That is, if it is in the making at all.

Google Pixelbook 2

What we want to see from Pixelbook 2

Design
The current combination of glass, metal and silicone from the Pixelbook is the same approach as the design used in the rest of the company's products. Turn the Pixel 2 XL for example, and you will find a similar glass top and brushed aluminum. Google will most likely continue to refine this industrial design and secure it throughout the line-up.

However, with Pixelbook 2 we would like to see more color options. Indeed, the silver and white color scheme of the first generation Pixelbook looks beautiful. However, if you add more color options – perhaps as funky as the Really Blue Pixel, complete with orange button highlights as we have seen on the Pixel 2 – this could improve sales performance.

Google is a company that is not afraid to be brave, so striving for boring laptop designs is something that Google should strive for.

Overall spec bump
Now Intel has to be Whiskey Lake mobile processors we expect to see the latest Core i7 and i5 CPU & # 39; s in the Google Pixelbook 2. Again, we could see Google waiting for Intel & # 39; s Ice lake will be available later this year.

Although a webcam may not be the most used part of a laptop, the Google Pixelbook 2 deserves more than a 720p shooter. We do not ask for a 4K webcam, but in 2018 it will need at least a Full HD camera.

It is unclear what influence Linux apps (more on those in a minute) will have on system performance, but it doesn't hurt to have more RAM. With the Pixelbook, users get the option of 8 GB and 16 GB, depending on the configuration. And unfortunately, the 16 GB installation is only available in the most expensive configuration: a Pixelbook with an Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage costs a whopping $ 1,649.

For the Google Pixelbook 2, we would like to see 16 GB of RAM in more configurations, and not just for everyone with deep pockets.

show
There is not much room for improvement when it comes to the Pixelbook display. The 12.3-inch screen, with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3: 2, is certainly easy on the eyes.

However, according to Evan Blass, the new Pixelbook has smaller edges around the screen. If that is indeed the case, then expanding the screen size while keeping the overall size of the Pixelbook the same is something we will welcome with open arms.

However, the 3: 2 aspect ratio must remain. It looks good in landscape and portrait, and is also suitable for displaying books, magazines and films in a layout with a natural feel. It also provides a more sensible experience when using the stylus on the Pixelbook display for notes or sketches.

Better battery life
Google advertises that the Pixelbook has a battery life that lasts all day, but that is a subjective measurement. Our tests have shown that the battery has not fully touched this mark, which is not unusual.

So we want to see both better energy efficiency and more battery juice from its successor. Perhaps software improvements can improve energy efficiency, as Microsoft has done with its Battery Saver function Windows 10.

Linux goes official
Project Crostini for Chrome OS brings official support for Linux apps. Currently, the project is only available to users who are brave enough to run Chrome OS in developer mode.

Google is constantly updating the project as it gets closer to the official public release. We can't think of a better time to officially launch an important feature like this than along with brand new hardware.

Google Pixelbook 2

Fingerprint sensor
Smart Lock is a handy feature, where the fingerprint sensor of a paired Android phone is used to unlock a Chrome OS device when the two devices are close together. But picking up the phone to unlock a computer is still a longer process than using a fingerprint reader on the computer itself.

If the current design remains relatively unchanged, Google can place the reader near the on / off button on the left. This gives access to the scanner, regardless of the direction, which has already been implemented in countless ways 2-in-1 laptops.

Smart display mode
The Pixelbook was the first Chrome OS device that came with a special Google Assistant key. In the end, the Pixelbook was updated with the option to respond to hands-free commands, but only if it is unlocked and the screen is on.

With the second Pixelbook, Google should take the assistant one step further by adding an always-listening feature, regardless of the unlock status, and replicating a similar experience to that on the Lenovo Smart Display.

Pen included
Although the Pixelbook works with a stylus, it still costs you an extra $ 99 / £ 99 to write or draw on your screen.

It is demonstrably useful to take notes on the lock screen, but with the Pixelbook already on top of the price list, a pen without extra costs is not too much to ask for … is it?

Grab the palm supports
Have you seen how the white palm rests just below the keyboard, looks like after a few months of use? It is disgusting. The amount of dirt you see is embarrassing even after you have cleaned it.

Hopefully, if Google insists on the use of a similar material, they use something that is not white or has a certain degree of dirt and dirt resistance.

Anyway, come back to this page now and then for the possible launch of the latest Pixelbook 2 rumors and leaks.