Pixelbook 2 leaked ahead of Made by Google event

Doris Richards
Сентября 12, 2018

There's been some speculation that the search giant is preparing two new Google-made Chrome OS devices, but the rumors have been based exclusively on codenames and Chromium commits.

The device, that has said to be seen in a number of Google Ad placements and on Facebook Ads, looks very similar to the previous Pixelbook but with much slimmer bezels as a result of a sleeker design.

A side-by-side Pixelbook comparison, courtesy of Chrome Unboxed. The video also shows circular keys, whilst the Pixelbook has square keys. This may be the "Nocturne" device that is known to be the codename for the detachable 2-in-1 Chrome OS device that has been leaked previously. "As you can see in the video, the connection between the display and the keyboard looks similar to what you get on a Surface Pro/Go-style detachable, and 'Nocturne" has been rumored to be exactly this type of device.

There were earlier rumors of an upcoming Chrome OS tablet after Google code was spotted referencing Brydge keyboard support. It depends whether we believe two online advertisements showing what could be the other new Pixelbook device ('Atlas').

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The leak comes from Chrome Unboxed, a tiny Chrome OS-specific blog that has been slavishly documenting the unglamorous world of Chromebook leaks for years.

Google recently announced an October event, and everyone expects the Pixel 3 to debut at the show, but a new Pixelbook might also appear. As we can see in this image, with its extremely small bezels, the laptop fits that description very well. However, a lot of the questions we have will likely be answered at the Made by Google event next month. This falls in line with the original Pixelbook, but not the leaked device in the video above, which has round keys.

If the ads turn out to be real, they would confirm that Google is sticking with its 3:2 aspect ratio rather than switching to the more universal 16:9, but with that bezel reduction the Pixelbook 2 would feature a larger display than the 12.3-inch LCD touchscreen on the Pixelbook.

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