It looks like yet another big Google rumor has been confirmed.
Images of what is reportedly a brand new Pixel-branded Chromebook have just surfaced, thanks to a fresh crop of leaks from DroidLife. The Android blog is reporting that Google is gearing up to launch a new high-end Chromebook, called “Pixelbook,” that could rival Apple’s iPad Pro.
The so-called “Pixelbook” will essentially be a silver Chromebook that can also fold into a tablet and comes with an optional pressure-sensitive stylus. It’s not clear who the manufacturer of the device is, but the Pixelbook images look a lot like the previous Chromebook Pixel, though the hinge will now allow for it to be used as a tablet as well.
Google is apparently targeting the high-end consumer for this device. It’s the first Chromebook to carry the Pixel moniker since the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, and it will reportedly start at a price of $1,200.
That price is for the entry-level 128GB model. Google will also sell a 256GB version for $1,400, and 512Gb option for $1,750. The Pixelbook’s pressure-sensitive “Pixelbook Pen” stylus will reportedly cost $100.
Other news outlets had reported the existence of a Pixel-branded Chromebook last month, but details around the device remained murky. Now, between the stylus, tablet functionality, and price tag, it seems pretty clear Google will be positioning the Pixelbook as a high-end Chromebook more along the lines of what you’d expect from the iPad Pro than the typical low-cost Chromebook.
The Pixelbook is expected to launch alongside Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones at an October 4th press event in San Francisco. It’s not clear when it will go on sale.