New Version of Google Chromebook Pixel May Be in the Works


Is Google working on a new version of their $1,300 Chromebook Pixel? According to 9to5Google and OMG! Chrome, they may just be. A bug report was spotted in the Chromium project issue tracker that hints the search engine giant may be working on a second generation of their Chromebook Pixel.

The bug report was reportedly submitted by a Google employee, and it references “Samus,” an unreleased development board. It’s been speculated that Samus is related to Google’s next generation of Pixel. The first generation Pixel also had a codename: “Link”.

The report was filed for DisplayPort USB Type C issue, and with the report was a photo attachment of the first generation Chromebook Pixel.

It’s believed that the Samus board will be running on an Intel 5th generation Core M Y-series, which means this speculated new Pixel version will have a touchscreen display. And according to rumors, this new Pixel will also have a backlit keyboard and interactive lightbar.

Judging by the bug report, it may also have a USB 3.1 Type C port, which can reportedly transfer data at up to 10 Gbps. Rumor has it that Apple may also be incorporating this technology into its new MacBook Air.

The first generation Chromebook Pixel features stunning 2560×1700 resolution on a 12.85” touchscreen display, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Intel Core i5, HD webcam and a dual-core 1.8GHz processor. Even though the Pixel is two years old, these specs are still pretty impressive. And for $1,300, it’s still an affordable option. At the moment, the Pixel is the only high-end laptop Google is offering. Other Chromebook options are designed to be cheaper alternatives to laptops.

Details about the second generation Pixel are scarce. If Google truly is working on Pixel 2, there’s a good chance they will unveil it at the I/O developer in conference this May.


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