The new Google Pixelbook Go wasn't as much leaked as the Pixel 4, but we still had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the next Chromebook of the business. Today, Google has formally announced what we saw last week— the Pixelbook Go is a pretty standard-looking laptop, at least compared to the previous Pixelbook and Pixel Slate launched by Google over the past two autumns.
The Pixelbook Go seems much less unique from a design perspective than the first Pixelbook. It looks like a MacBook Pro in many ways, with a rather similar language of design. On the other hand, the original Pixelbook had soft-touch palm rests and a glass-and-metal lid calling to mind Pixel phones from Google.
The Pixelbook Go gets rid of those and feels much more like a different product, but we love the Pixelbook's dual-tone feel. The underside, though, is a different story: a bright ridged back, which doesn't feel like anything we saw before. Of course, when a computer is on your lap or on a desk, you're not going to see it, but we look forward to looking and feeling in person.
For the display, there is a 13.3-inch touchscreen board, which can both be 1080p and 4K. It is smaller than in the original Pixelbook, but It is not so bigger than in the new, 3:2 aspect ratio display used by Google on the Pixelbook, with a 16:9 widescreen.
We always liked the larger view the pixelbook used, but most computers are using widescreen looks at this time, so probably most people won't mind. And at least those on the first pixelbook are considerably smaller than the bezels.
You can not flip it around and use it in tablet mode. It is worth mentioning that Pixelbook Go is not a converted laptop, like the original pixelbook. Most of the times we have only used the Device Pixelbook so I don't mind the upgrade, but it's another example of Google converting Go into a much more "normal" device than its previous user.
Certain features include either an 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM m3, Core i5 or Core i7 cpu and the 64, 128 or 256 GB. Google claims 12 hours with the 1080p model as far as battery life is concerned.
The good news is that while Google may have streamlined the layout and some features of the Pixelbook Go, it is also much cheaper. The Pixelbook Go entry starts at $649 with a m3 cpu, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of memory and 1080p.
If you are cute, a fully charged Go will give you an extra $1,399 with an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and a 4 K monitor. That's plenty of money, but Google first offered one of its premium Chromebooks for far fewer than it had previously demanded $1,000 or more— it isn't exactly as premium as it had previously.