On this Oct 15, Google launched Pixelbook Go, and it is arguably the cheapest Chromebook by the company.
This 13.3-inch laptop comes in four configuration options and the cheapest of them costs just 649$. As we level up the specification—the processor, screen resolution, and RAM—the price steadily rises up. The finest of all the configurations costs $1,399.
The price and the respective configuration are listed below.
- $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
Other common specifications are as follow:
- Weight: 2.3 pounds (FHD)
- Thickness: 0.5 inches / 13.4 mm
- Battery: 12 hours, and fast charging
- Display: 13.3-inch, 16:9 touchscreen; HD (1920 x 1080) or 4K (3840 x 2160) (depends upon price)
- 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, 5.0 GHz)
- Bluetooth: 4.2
- USB Ports: 2 USB-C ports, one on each side. Supports fast charging
- Headphone Jack: Present
- MicroSD slot: Absent
- Fingerprint sensor: Absent
If you are a regular buyer of Google products, you will be surprised to find out that it has, for the first time, introduced a product in the market that resonates with wider audience. So far, the company has been focused more on high-end products with price-tags out of reach for many users.
The Pixelbook Go is not one of them. It is a cheap laptop with pretty decent features, and yet cannot be categorized as a product catering to high end.
This 2lb laptop is stupendously light-weight, has an appealing and grip-able design. The cheapest of four configurations has 8GB RAM, 64GB SSD, FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core m3. This hardware with Chrome OS works in full compatibility, and thus make a fast and secure machine. For a little higher price you can upgrade to 16 GB, 256 GB SSD and 8th Gen Intel Core i7.
Google is touting this Chromebook as the machine that could last 12 hours on a full charge. I suspect that it will live up to the expectation for long. However, another option is really great. Twenty minutes of charging can last 2 complete hours.
Pixelbook Go has a touchscreen display, but it doesn’t support fingerprint lock. To compensate for this drawback, Google has allowed sync unlock using your android device—you can unlock this Chromebook using the fingerprint or face-identity lock on your phone. The resolution is one of the determining factors of the different price ranges—from FHD to UHD.
The keyboard is ultra-quiet, backlit version. The previous version of Pixelbook has made a name for itself owing to its state-of-the-art keyboard, and so does this model is expected to be. The front-faced speakers have a decent sound quality, and the Duo CAM can take up to 1080p photos. This Chromebook will be available in only two colors: Just Black and not Pink. The Titan security Chip allows for a secure machine and adds to security.