Pixelbook Go Leak Reveals Google's Back To Basics Approach

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Google is following up the original Google Pixelbook with the "Pixelbook Go," says the latest information. For clarity, this Pixelbook Go leak is referring to the long-expected Pixelbook replacement, codenamed "Atlas," that Google is set to announce later this year.

This should mean the device will be a heavy-hitter in the specs and design departments. But Pixelbook Go also doesn't seem to be much of a follow-up to that high-end device. Not only is Google abandoning the tablet form factor, as it announced earlier this year. The company also doesn't seem to necessarily be pursuing the same audience that lauded the Pixelbook, if the new information is accurate.

The information hasn't been verified by Google but is said to come from sources "familiar" with the device.

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Pixelbook Go leaves behind design and gimmicks

The biggest changes for Pixelbook Go are external and immediately apparent. It won't be a 2-in-1 convertible, for starters. Because it can't be used in tablet mode, the company is abandoning Pixelbook Pen compatibility too. Summarily, the new Pixelbook is going to be a clamshell device. That means it will almost certainly adopt a lay-flat hinge and design since it will purportedly still utilize a touchscreen.

Beyond that, the 13.3-inch Full HD or 4K device will have much larger bezels than its predecessor, as seen in various leaked media. The same "Molecular Display" technology used for the Pixel Slate's screen is going to be present in the higher-resolution models. But the display ratio is going to be different here too. Instead of sticking with the web-browsing-friendly 3:2 screen ratio, Google is going back to a more media-friendly 16:9 ratio.

The design will be lighter thanks to the use of magnesium alloy, the sources say. But it will feature a tactile texture to make it less slippery and it won't come in silver. Instead, color schemes will follow the Pixel-branded handsets most recently released by the company. Namely, it will ship in a color similar to "Just Black" and another dubbed "Not Pink."

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For sound, Google has amped things up with speakers that are "much more powerful" than those previously seen with Pixel-branded Chrome OS devices. The front-firing speakers round out the big changes offset by a dual-mic array and a 2-megapixel 1080p, 60fps webcam.

Google is reportedly making the changes to swap out the style-first design of the original in favor of a more durable, portable workstation.

Under the hood, the power remains

Despite outward appearances, the Google Pixelbook Go will still be a powerhouse of a device. A Titan chip, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi equipment, are carried over from the Pixel Slate. The same ports found on the original Pixelbook are present for its follow-up. That means two USB Type-C plugs and a 3.5mm combination audio jack.

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Justifying price expectations, currently set at around $799 or higher, the Pixelbook Go will start out with an Intel Core m3 processor backed by 8GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other configurations include one with an Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB RAM coupled with 128GB storage. Finally, the most powerful variant will reportedly ship with an Intel Core i7 processor backed by 16GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Those apparently now-confirmed details match up well with prior leaks and benchmarking, in terms of internal hardware. Google will only be including the 4K display variant on the pricier versions that ship with more storage and RAM.

Pixelbook Go coming in just a few short weeks

The sources don't confirm whether or not the 60-watt PD charging will be present on all versions of the Pixelbook Go, or if it will be included at all. This was previously expected after being spotted in earlier leaks from the Chromium Gerrit.

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There's also no firm date in terms on when this newly-leaked Pixelbook Go will hit shelves or become available online. Google's track record for releasing hardware has varied quite a bit too. That's ranged from a few weeks to months following a device's announcement. So that's going to remain a mystery for the time being.

Irrespective, and whether or not the leaks are accurate, more will be known soon enough. Google's hardware gathering is scheduled for October 15 and the sources indicate the Pixelbook Go will make an appearance at the event.