Is Google’s next Chrome OS detachable the Google Pixel Slate?
Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s new Pixelbooks.
The Google Pixelbook is one helluva device. Its bezels might be big and the lack of a fingerprint sensor is a shame, but if you want a Chrome OS machine, it’s one of the very best you can get.
It’s no surprise that we’ll be getting a successor this year to accompany the Pixel 3, but according to everything we know, Google could be prepping to launch two Pixelbook 2 devices this year. What can we expect from this new hardware and when will we learn more?
Here’s everything we know about the Pixelbook 2 series!
The latest Pixelbook 2 News
October 6, 2018 — Detachable Chrome OS 2-in-1 leaks again as “Google Pixel Slate”
The October 9 Made by Google event is just days away, and while there’s little left to spoil about the new Google Pixel 3, there are other Google devices predicted for the event that still have some mystery to them. Rumors have swirled over a new Pixelbook or Pixel tablet, and with the latest leaks of the detachable Chrome OS tablet comes a new name: the Google Pixel Slate.
The images from MySmartPrice show the previously-seen detachable, well, detached from its keyboard base, as well as showing off an handsome blue Pixelbook Pen to match it. Whether this Nocturne-codenamed device is really the Pixelbook 2, Google Pixel Slate, or something else entirely, we won’t have to wait long to find out
September 19, 2018 – Detachable Pixelbook 2 shown off
Keyboard maker Brydge was rumored to be working with Google on a Chrome OS keyboard, and now that’s all but confirmed. About Chromebooks shared an image from the keyboard maker, showing off a keyboard that mostly resembles the standard Chrome OS layout. The leak also showed the tablet the keyboard was attached to, giving us a look at the fingerprint sensor and what looks like a far-field microphone setup.
While there’s nothing about this image that specifically has Google’s logo on the device, it’s worth noting there isn’t any logo on the front of the device. Companies like Asus, HP, Acer and other have a tendency to put their logo just below the display, which makes it more credible that this is a Google detachable.
September 12, 2018 — Pixelbook 2 appears in YouTube TV ad
One leaked ad showing the Pixelbook 2 not enough? Lucky for you, because a second one’s already popped up.
According to one Redditor, the above image appeared during a commercial for YouTube TV. Just like the device that we saw in the Chromebook ad a couple days ago, this shows a device that looks very similar to the current Pixelbook with much smaller bezels.
Adding more weight to the legitimacy of this leak, the same Redditor also shared a Motion Photo from his Pixel 2 that shows a couple seconds of the ad in action.
September 10, 2018 — Leaked ad shows 2nd-gen Pixelbook with much slimmer bezels
Atlas has been rumored for some time as a marginal upgrade over the 1st-gen Pixelbook, and thanks to an online ad that was recently discovered, we now have our first look at the machine.
The ad is pretty similar to other Chromebook advertisements Google’s been running, but the product shown in it is a device we haven’t seen before. The underside has a two-tone design that looks identical to the original Pixelbook, but as you can see for yourself, the bezels surrounding the screen are much smaller.
Lastly, the ad also reveals that the Pixelbook Pen will continue to work just fine with the new hardware.
September 8, 2018 — Video reportedly shows detachable Pixelbook 2
Like we previously talked about, this year should see Google releasing two Pixelbook 2 models — Atlas and Nocturne. Today, a short video clip apparently gives us our first look at the latter of those two devices.
The video’s pretty short and only shows a small portion of Nocturne, but it reveals some key details.
First of all, the buttons on the keyboard are circular instead of the traditional square design of last year’s Pixelbook. Few laptops have these circular buttons, so it’s interesting to see Google feature them on what’s likely its flagship Chrome OS device of 2018.
The bezels surrounding the display also appear to be much slimmer than the Pixelbook.
How do we know this is Nocturne and not Atlas? While we can’t confirm this with 100% certainty, the black pad that separates the keyboard from the screen sure does look like something you’d find on a Surface Pro — suggesting that the keyboard can detach from the main computer and reinforcing the belief that this is, in fact, Nocturne.
August 10, 2018 — Commit suggests two Pixelbook 2 models are coming this year
The Pixelbook is still one of the best Chromebooks you can buy, and later this year, Google may treat us to not just one, but two new machines to succeed it.
Thanks to some hard work from the folks at Chrome Unboxed, various commits hint at two new Chrome OS devices that Google is working on. Referred to as Atlas and Nocturne, these are believed to both be new entries in the Pixelbook 2 series.
What evidence backs this up? According to the commits that were found:
- Atlas and Nocturne share the same board.
- Features have been enabled for both Atlas and Nocturne in the same commit — something that doesn’t happen that often.
- “Krabbylake” is mentioned in the commit for Atlas and Nocturne (maybe a new version of Intel’s Kabylake processors?).
- Another codename “Whiskers” is referred to as a keyboard accessory for Nocturne, indicating it’ll be a detachable 2-in-1 device.
How many models are we expecting?
While one new Pixelbook would be a big enough treat from Google, a lot of signs are pointing towards us getting two Pixelbook 2 models — Atlas and Nocturne.
Atlas is expected to retain the same general design as the first Pixelbook with the exception of slimmer bezels around its display. On the other hand, Nocturne should feature a detachable design (a la Microsoft’s Surface Pro) that allows the main computer to detach from the keyboard so it’s easier to use as a tablet.
Various commits have provided ample evidence that Atlas and Nocturne are in fact two unique Chrome OS machines that Google is working on, giving customers more choice to find the Pixelbook that’s right for them.
How much will it cost?
Last year, pricing for the Pixelbook started at $999 and went up to $1649 depending on the configuration you chose.
It’s still unclear how much Google will charge for the Pixelbook 2 series, but we believe that the Nocturne detachable model will be the more expensive option while the Atlas machine that keeps the traditional laptop design will cost less.
In one leaked ad that shows a familiar Pixelbook body with slimmer bezels, the tagline under “You Chromebook” says “Convertible, flexible, affordable.”
“Affordable” could mean just about anything, but it suggests that the Atlas Pixelbook 2 could cost less than the original Pixelbook’s base $999 price tag.
When will the Pixelbook 2 be released?
Google’s confirmed that it’ll be holding an event in New York City on October 9, 2018.
While the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will likely be the main focus, this is also where we can expect to learn all about the company’s latest Chrome OS efforts with its new Pixelbook 2 hardware.
- The best Chromebooks
- Chromebooks in education: Everything you need to know
- Should you buy a Chromebook?
- Chromebook Buyers Guide
- Google Pixelbook review
- Join our Chromebook forums