Google’s Chromebook Pixel 3 could be here sooner than you think

Google Chromebook Pixel 3 (2017): Everything we know so far

Reports of the demise of Google’s Chromebook Pixel laptop range may have been greatly exaggerated, with the latest rumours indicating the Chromebook Pixel 3 could launch as soon as late-2017. Here’s what we know so far including the device’s speculative release date, price and specs.

It’s a funny old world, isn’t it? Back in 2015, Google was busy discontinuing the Chromebook Pixel 2 and we assumed that was all she wrote for the Mountain View-based firm’s in-house laptop endeavours.

Fast forward to 2017, though, and the rumour mill is whizzing away again, with the latest reports hinting that Google is set to debut a new Chromebook Pixel later this year – and it could be its best yet.

That’s according to Android Police, who cite “a source familiar with the company’s plans” as revealing that the Chromebook Pixel 3 could materialise as soon as Q3 2017.

The shape it takes is less certain, apparently. The blog speculates that Google’s 2017 Chromebook Pixel could be anything from another own-brand budget laptop running the limited Chrome OS, to a serious new Surface Pro rival based on Google’s secretive ‘Project Bison’ Andromeda operating system.

The latter device is a more intriguing prospect, with rumours indicating that such a machine would be a 2-in-1 capable of being used as either a tablet or laptop. Purported specs include a fully-rotatable (360-degrees) 12.3-inch screen, up to 128GB of storage, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and Wacom stylus support.

A $799 price tag has been mooted in connection with the device, which would convert to around £625 – but more realistically, £699 once you’ve accounted for the taxman’s various bells and whistles.

It’s thought that the Chromebook Pixel 3 could launch alongside Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone at a special event this autumn, but that might not be all, as the same report suggests that a smaller version of the Google Home speaker could also be revealed.

Such a product would be positioned to better rival the petite Echo Dot, which is the smaller and cheaper version of Amazon’s full-fat Echo smart home speaker.

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That’s all we know so far, but stay tuned, as we’ll update this page as soon as any new information becomes available.