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Possible Pixelbook 2 could be Google’s true answer to the Surface Pro

Google’s autumn hardware line-up will include a new Pixelbook laptop running on the Chrome OS, according to a noted tipster.

Evan ‘@evleaks‘ Blass believes the second-generation Pixelbook will be unveiled alongside new Pixel phones, a smartwatch and Pixel Buds earphones. Blass, whose tips are as on-the-money as any leaker out there, says the Pixelbook 2 will have much thinner bezels than its predecessor. The new Pixelbook 2 is scheduled to ship before the end of the year, the report says.

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Should the next-gen device arrive with thinner bezels, it’d bring the device closer to the Microsoft Surface Pro devices in terms of design.

The original Pixelbook already rocked a thin and light design, offered great performance, excellent battery life and the ability to download apps from the Google Play Store.

The highest end Chromebook out there offers a 12.3-inch QHD display, up to 7th-gen Core i7 processors with 16GB of RAM. There’s no news on specs for this next-gen model, but it’s likely to arrive in October of this year.

We scored the Pixelbook 8/10 when it arrived, only marking it down for the so-so speakers and the stylus only working with a small selection of apps. At £999 it’s on the more expensive end of the Chromebook scale and a recent price reduction suggests that a newcomer might be on the way.

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“The PixelBook is the first premium Chromebook I’d truly recommend,” our reviewer wrote. “It isn’t perfect on the software side of things, but it’s more than usable for almost any task you’d throw its way. Of course, the usual uncertainties about whether the software you like to use will actually be available remain, but that’s a consideration you’ll have to make yourself.”

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