Google Pixelbook 2018 Coming This Year, But Which Chromebook Is It?
Set to come this year is a new Google Pixelbook 2018. However, people are wondering which Chromebook.
The Release Date
Before we go into details on which Chromebook, let us discuss first on when it will be released. Reports have suggested that Google will be launching a new Pixelbook before the end of 2018. In fact, even well-known leakster Evan Blass posted on his Twitter account last July 21 that a second-generation Pixelbook with smaller bezels is scheduled to ship before the end of the year.
The Three Possible Suspects
According to a report, they did a lot of digging on which device could be Google’s Pixelbook 2 and finally narrowed it down to three possible candidates with Nocturne as the most likely candidate followed by Atlas and then finally Cheza.
The reason why this device said to be the most likely the candidate as it is one of the most balanced yet high-end Chromebook currently being worked on. Aside from that, it is also packed with a number of high-end features.
Regarding its features, it uses NVMe storage which can reach speeds of 3GB/s at ease. Comparing it to the SSD, it is way faster by an order of magnitude.
For its processor, initially, it was believed to use one of Intel’s Skylake range of processor. Now, it is believed to be packed with a Kaby Lake processor instead.
Next is about its security features. Apparently, reports suggest that Pixelbook 2018 will come with a fingerprint sensor. There were also talks about Google working on bringing Smart Lock to Chrome OS so there’s a possibility that this device could come with midrange cameras which could also mean that it will have facial unlock as well.
Lastly is the screen resolution. It features the same 2400 x 1600 pixels with last year’s Pixelbook. In addition to that, this Chromebook’s display is detachable and features a backlit keyboard.
For this device, when compared to Nocturne, it seems a bit underpowered. First, it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Second, it doesn’t feature NVMe storage. And lastly, it features a less powerful camera.
However, when it comes to processors, it is also expected to be packed with a Kaby Lake processor. As for screen resolution, this device is said to feature 4K which is 3840 x 2160 pixels.
But what made this device one of the possible candidates? Well, according to the board information of Atlas, this device doesn’t have SD card support. And comparing it to last year’s Pixelbook, it also didn’t have SD card support and consumers were forced to pay more for higher storage options.
For this last candidate, it will be packed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip. It’s also worth mentioning that the 845 chip supports Energy-Aware Scheduling (EAS) which is something not usually done in Chromebooks since the Acer Chromebook R13.
It also comes with a built-in Wacom pressure sensitive stylus and is also detachable like the first candidate. Furthermore, this device is currently being prototyped.
What are your thoughts and opinions regarding the three possible candidates listed in this article? Do you agree with it? If yes, which device do you think is the Pixelbook 2018? Do tell us in the comment section below.