Google hasn’t released a tablet for a while now, and it looks like they may be giving up on Android in tablet form. Instead, they are focussing their efforts on the 2-in-1 market with the launch of the Pixelbook.
Priced at from £999 it runs Chrome OS which can now run all your Android apps too, so you still have all the functionality of a tablet. However, the pricing does make it just as expensive as many fully fledged 2-in-1s so it will be interesting to see if it can achieve decent sales.
It has the specification of a normal 2-in-1, the screen is a 12.3″ 2,400 x 1,600 LCD with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 seventh-generation processor, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of solid-state storage – the latter using Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) for improved performance.
The Pixelbook comes with a 10-hour battery, built-in voice-activated Google Assistant functionality, and support for the new Pixelbook Pen stylus for 60 degrees of angular sensitivity and 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity with a claimed 10-millisecond latency.
Google has put the Pixelbook up for pre-order on its official store at £999 for the Core i5, 8GB, 128GB entry-level model; £1,199 for the Core i5, 8GB, 256GB mid-range model; and £1,699 for the Core i7, 16GB, 512GB model; plus £99 for the optional Pixelbook Pen (all inc. VAT). The two lower-end models will ship at the end of the month