What you need to know
- Google is working on a new Chromebook, codenamed Halvor.
- Little is known about it at this point, other than it will run on Intel's Tiger Lake platform, feature 3 USB-C ports, and support up to 16GB of RAM.
- It is expected to launch in 2021.
Google is reportedly working on a new Chromebook, code-named Halvor. If true, it'll be a successor to 2019's Pixelbook Go, and be a powerfully specced productivity machine running on Intel's Tiger Lake Platform. The first hints of the machine were first discovered by the folks over at Chrome Unboxed, who spotted references to the machine codenamed "Halvor" in the Chromium Repository.
Following up on the earlier report, 9to5Google shared their own discoveries about the device over the weekend. saying:
Those few details from the 9to5 report are all we know about Halvor at this stage. As for a release date, while the folks over at Chrome Unboxed believe it could be coming in 2020, this is unlikely for several reasons. First, as 9to5Google points out, Google starting on things like the keyboard layout at this late stage of the year doesn't provide hope of a launch in October. Second, Google doesn't launch its own branded Chromebooks on a yearly cycle like its phones. The Chromebook Pixel launched in 2013 to be followed up in 2015 by a sequel, which was then followed up by the 2017 Pixelbook, which was then followed up by the Pixelbook Go in 2019. The 2018 Pixel Slate, despite being a Chrome OS device, was a tablet, and so doesn't really count.
Luckily, for Chrome OS aficionados, there isn't a drought of capable and powerful Chromebooks if you're looking for something a little bit higher end. Both Samsung and Asus have produced some of the best Chromebooks in 2020, taking advantage of Intel's Project Athena to bring powerful hardware to an ecosystem that has needed it. A new Pixelbook would be amazing, but it's not necessary for a high-powered Chrome OS experience.
2019 wasn't so long ago that the Pixelbook Go has become obsolete. It's still a powerful, well-built machine that has won praise since its release. The higher-end models may be a bit expensive, but buying one at its starting price will give you a good Chrome OS experience in any case.
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