These days, Chromebooks are more popular than ever. With Chrome OS’s increasing popularity, it appears that a Google Pixelbook 2 could be released in 2023.
When the first Google Pixelbook was out in 2017, it got mixed reviews from critics and consumers. The $1,000 price tag and reliance on the then-unproven Chrome OS turned off many shoppers.
But times change. The premium Chromebook market is solidifying, so a Pixelbook 2 might do better now than in 2017.
Here’s everything we know about the rumored Pixelbook 2. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on Pixelbook news!
Is There a Pixelbook 2 in the Works?
The most basic question is: Will there be a Pixelbook 2? We expected Google to release a Pixelbook Go in 2019, and it did. Of course, it wasn’t a true sequel.
Chrome OS tablet/hybrid Google Pixel Slate, similar to the Microsoft Surface. Obviously, that wasn’t a true Pixelbook successor. The Pixel Slate failed to impress audiences, and Google has since abandoned tablets.
With the Pixel Slate series ending in 2019 and the Pixelbook name continuing with the Pixelbook Go, a Pixelbook 2 seems imminent. In 2021, the main issue was: will it happen? That seems unlikely presently. Now, 2023 looks more likely. Notably absent from Google’s October 2021 Pixel Fall Launch event was the Pixelbook 2, and a Google manager stated that no Pixelbook 2 will be released in 2022.
Google stopped selling the original Pixelbook in September 2020. It’s time for a sequel, even if it’s a long way off.
Google Pixelbook 2 is Coming Out Soon:
We expected the Google Pixelbook 2 to debut on September 30, 2020. Google didn’t unveil a Pixelbook with the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Nest Audio smart speaker, or new Chromecast with Google TV. After that, we hoped for a PixelBook 2 debut in October 2021, along with the Pixel 6 lineup.
In October 2017, Google introduced the first Pixelbook during this event. It then announced the Pixel Slate in 2018 and the Pixelbook Go in 2019. So we expected to see the Pixelbook at the same event in 2020 or 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown a hitch in such preparations for 2020. We don’t know what caused the delays now that Google has canceled the sequel’s 2021 release. A Google representative has confirmed that no Pixelbook 2 is planned for 2021 or 2022. The manager didn’t explicitly confirm 2023.
“Nothing is coming next year,” he said. “I don’t know.” While it may appear hopeless, Google is unlikely to ditch the Pixelbook 2 series.
Specifications, Design, and Features
The first Pixelbook had a 3:2 touchscreen display. The Pixelbook’s 16:9 display sets it apart from the competition. Will the Pixelbook 2 have the same aspect?
The verdict is still out, but our guess is no. The Pixelbook Go, the latest Pixel-branded laptop, has a 16:9 display. Also, the Pixel Slate’s lackluster reception may indicate that 3:2 isn’t what customers desire. Aside from that, no other major laptop line has the 3:2 design, so Google may drop it to stay competitive.
In terms of specs, the next Pixelbook is almost probably going to be a high-end laptop. The Pixelbook 2 should also feature modern technologies including Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, and stylus capability.
Then there’s the processor. Tensor is a new Google-made CPU in the Pixel 6. Google could utilize the same processor in a future Pixelbook. It appears plausible, and there is evidence to support it.
@AppleLe257 just leaked supposed official renders of the Pixelbook 2. The Pixelbook 2 is shown in orange, green, yellow, blue, and pink. a 13.3-inch display, and Google Tensor for the Pixelbook 2. We don’t know how true this leak is, but if it is, the Pixelbook 2 could arrive in 2023.
Finally, Google is heavily promoting Stadia, their game-streaming service. The next Pixelbook may be built to operate well with Stadia, which may affect design and specs. For gaming, a 16:9 (or maybe 16:10) display would be ideal.
Price of Google Pixelbook 2
As stated before, the initial Pixelbook’s $1,000 price tag drew scathing criticism (as did the high pricing of the Pixel Slate). Then Google should try to make the Pixelbook 2 more affordable.
Sadly, Google doesn’t normally work like that. If Google wants the Pixelbook series to be recognized as Chrome OS’ premium flagship, the Pixelbook 2 will almost probably cost four figures. The existence of the Pixelbook Go supports this hypothesis. It is now the “cheap” way to purchase a Pixelbook.
However, it appears Google has finally realized the hefty cost of Pixel smartphones. The Google Pixel 5 is substantially cheaper than the Pixel 4 and Pixel 3. The Pixel 6 is also reasonably priced. That means Google could reduce the price of a future Pixelbook 2. But doubtful. But we won’t bet on it.
Until proven otherwise, we expect the Pixelbook 2 to retail for $1,000 or more.