At its Made by Google event in New York, Google announced the Pixelbook Go as its latest and greatest Chromebook laptop. It aims to offer users a premium but affordable experience with a range of upgrades.

The Pixelbook Go was launched alongside the Pixel 4 phones, Nest Mini smart speaker, Nest Wi-Fi. and Pixel Buds 2.

When is the Pixelbook Go release date?

Google said the Pixelbook Go will be available to pre-order now and some models start shipping on 28 October.

It will be available in the UK in January.

How much does the Pixelbook Go cost?

The Pixelbook Go will start from £629$649 in the US. That’s a lot cheaper than the original which started at $999.

Here are the four models on offer:

  • Core m3, 8GB, 64GB - $649
  • Core i5, 8GB, 128GB - $849
  • Core i5, 16GB, 128GB - $999
  • Core i7, 16GB, 256GB - $1,399

Pixelbook Go specs

Google was a little light on the details for the new laptop but here’s what we know so far.

The laptop comes in a new design with a matte finish. Colours are Just Black and Not Pink, with the latter introduced with the Pixel 3. The black model will be available first, though.

A smooth surface is made possible by using magnesium, which also helps the Pixelbook Go remain light. It’s 2lbs, or just 907g making it one of the lightest laptops around.

Pixelbook Go Hush Keys

Google has made it 13mm thin and an unusual wavy shape on the underside makes it grippy to carry and while in use. Another design change are Hush Keys to ensure the keyboard is extremely comfortable and quiet.

Battery life is quoted at 12 hours thanks to a battery that’s 15% larger and you’ll get two hours of battery from a 20 minute charge. Chrome OS means the laptop is always available in seconds, with built-in anti-virus and automatic updates.

The Pixelbook Go will come with a range of spes to choose from including an Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor (8th-gen). Then 8- or 16GB of RAM alone with three sizes of SSD: 64-, 128- and 256GB. See above for the available skus.

Other specs include a 13.3in screen with a Full HD resolution or 4K “Molecular Display”, both of which use a 16:9 aspect ratio. There are two USB-C ports and a headphone jack, but more interesting are the two front-facing speakers and two built-in mics, along with a 2Mp Duo Cam and ambient light sensor.

Only the Core i7 model has the 4K screen.