Google announces Pixelbook, the first laptop with Google Assistant

Google just made the Pixelbook official at today’s Pixel event and it’s the first laptop to have Google Assistant baked in. The 10mm, 1kg convertible Chromebook has a 12.3-inch quad HD screen, up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Intel Core i5 and i7 models are available.

The design of the third generation of Google’s Chromebook line features a glass inlay on the lid to help with wireless signals and there’s a ten hour battery, which can provide two hours of power with just a 15 minute charge via USB-C.

The Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and has full Google Play Store support. In addition, Google is working with Snapchat and other developers to bring big screen versions of popular apps to the Pixelbook. And apps like Adobe Lightroom and AutoCAD are available for productivity and creativity.

An optional Pixelbook Pen will retail for $99 and work with Google Assistant. For example, circle a singer’s face on the screen and Assistant will provide more information. Social media accounts, albums and more. You can also circle a word and Assistant will provide contextual information.

The Pixelbook starts at $999 and will be available in the US, Canada and the UK on October 31st. Pre-orders start today at the Google Store and Best Buy and a host of other retailers will carry it as well.

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