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Is This The Google Chromebook Pixel 2?

A photo uploaded to the Chromium Issue Tracker could offer our first glimpse at the long rumoured Chromebook Pixel 2.

The first generation Chromebook Pixel released in 2013 had everything one could want in a Chrome device: sleek, industrial design, high-resolution touch display and hardware more than able to keep pace with premium notebooks from other vendors.

Chromebook Pixel 2

Is This The Chromebook Pixel 2?

The starting price of $1299 meant it wasn’t cheap, but Google didn’t pitch it as anything other than a developer luxury.

Despite the high price tag the device seems to have sold well enough to warrant a successor. Google appear to be working on a Chromebook Pixel 2.

Spotted In The Wild?

A bug report recently filed by a Google employee working on the Chromium project (which includes Chrome OS  devices) contained a photo of what is clearly the first generation Chromebook Pixel (the hinge alone is a giveaway).

The bug report the image appears with is related solely to the new, as-yet unreleased Samus development board and is attached to illustrate an issue affecting Samus, thereby ruling out the original Pixel, codenamed ‘Link’.

Does that mean that the Chromebook Pixel 2 will look a lot like the existing model? Will it reuse the same chassis and have the same screen size? Entirely possible based on this one photo. After all, the Pixel has a stunning design, so why fix what isn’t broken?

SAMUS

The ‘Samus’ board (named, like all Chrome devices, from a character in a computer game) the device in the photo runs on has been in testing for a long time at Google HQ. It’s rumoured to use one of Intel’s 5th generation Core M Y-series chips, and continue pushing a super high-density touch display, feature an interactive lightbar, backlit keyboard and other premium niceties.

Current board details available to view also suggest that, despite the fanless Intel chip inside, the model features two separate fans.

The first-generation Pixel packed a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a 12.85-inch touch display at a pixel-popping 2560 x 1700 resolution. Any successor would need to match, or at least maintain, those premium standards.

USB Type C

As unearthed back in July of last year, “Samus” uses USB 3.1 ‘Type C’ ports. This reversible new standard will make attaching peripherals easier, feature better charging capabilities and offer data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. USB Type-C ports are due to start shipping on more consumers devices over the coming year.

The image is attached to a bug report that references issues with a DisplayPort USB Type-C adapter, but success with a HDMI to USB Type-C adapter.

Other than these latest tidbits, the rest of what a potential Chromebook Pixel 2 might or might not be remains unknown. RAM, release dates and retail availability are a little way off yet.

Would you buy a second-gen Pixel? What features would you like to see it have? 

  • spacefly

    Probably another I/O giveaway.

  • Wifi AC is missing from the previous; so I’m hoping it has that. Otherwise, better battery life is always a given.

  • Fresmantris

    price should be around $900-$1000

    I wont complain if its less than that

  • Fernando Fernandez
  • Raphael Platte

    I want thunderbolt.

    • Trent

      I hope you’re kidding. USB Type-

      • Trent

        …C is incredible.

        • Raphael Platte

          I’d still like both.

      • Raphael Platte

        c is cool, but thunderbolt has a wider support base already.

  • Mehmed

    İt was an i5 and now it will be a core m y? Why not a skylake u? M Y is more like a Atom

  • moe

    I’m excited to see what google has planned for its next generation chromebooks, since the pixel always set the standard for chromebooks.

    • James Bell

      Always meaning once?

      • moe

        lol well as a reference device for chromebooks that most manufacturers look to for future specs and design in terms of chromebooks. Yes its the device thats always referred to by most, to what a chromebook can be.

  • FILA

    I hope they go to widescreen this time instead of 4:3. However the price would keep me away anyways. Whatever they do, it will be a killer machine. Maybe they will update there lower end models like they had with HP back in 13. That was hot also, but the specs on it now are way outdated

    • KenY

      The original Pixel had a 3:2 aspect ratio, and it was absolutely perfect for web development use, where more vertical size is much more important. Google most certainly will not go widescreen like just about every other laptop out there.

      • FILA

        sorry, you guys corrected me. It just makes it more awkward to carry in my opinion.

    • cheeto0

      3:2 Aspect ratio is one of the great things about the first pixel. For web and work use it feels like a much larger display .

  • James Bell

    Another interesting and overpriced device that nobody will buy. Yay!

    • I will buy it, and a lot more people will.

    • I’d buy one in a heartbeat, provided I have the money. Given that I can’t even afford a Moto X any time soon, a Chromebook Pixel is out of the question. Still, the market is there, or a second Pixel would not be being released.

      • James Bell

        Why? It started at $1299. I’m not sure if the price dropped since then, but that was the price at launch.

        Do you realize how powerful of a PC you could get for that price? Chrome OS is stripped down to run smoothly on super cheap hardware. It’s not meant to be a super-productive OS. So why would you spend so much money to use such a crippled OS? It’s a total waste.

        If I came running Ubuntu or Windows, I might consider it. The original Pixel has good specs and amazing build quality. But the price to run such a pathetic OS is a deal-breaker for me.

        • markt9002

          You can install Ubuntu on the Pixel, and will easily be able to on the second iteration. Chrome OS is far from pathetic. It does what it’s supposed to do very well. IMO, the best combination is a high end desktop running, linux/windows/hackintosh, a chromebook, and Nexus 5/OPO. I’m still impressed with my Acer C720. If I had an option for a better display, and trackpad, I’d shell out a few more dollars for one.

          • James Bell

            I would prefer more than a 32 GB SSD to install Ubuntu on. ESPECIALLY with such a ridiculous price tag.

            You’re right, Chrome OS is exceptionally well at what it set out to do. But it begs the question, do you really need a core i5 to browse the web? Do you really need to spend $1299 for a machine that can’t even run more than a handful of native applications? No, you don’t. If I’m spending that much money, I’m buying a PC, a Mac, or anything else running a full-fledged operating system. NOT Chrome OS. Only people with flawed fanboy logic buy Pixels.

          • markt9002

            I would never purchase one at the current price, and agree.

          • Who ever said I’m going to be using solely Chrome OS?

          • James Bell

            The 32 GB SSD said so.

          • I already use Chrome OS, so I’m used to the cloud. All things considered, using the cloud on Ubuntu isn’t hard either, so I don’t have that many storage requirements anyways.

  • I still would buy the first gen Pixel if anyone had a mint one. So, to answer your question, yes I would buy it. Hopefully a second gen Pixel would have 3G/LTE for more than Verizon, though.

  • Badouken

    Hmm Samus is from my favorite video game… and is my favorite fictional character… I might have to buy this computer! lol

    • WORPspeed

      Metroid is my favorite gaming franchise…and I wanted a chromebook….barring an absurd price, this thing might make it into my collection

      • Badouken

        High five! Metroid is amazing! 100% them all! I need this in my collection now! :P

        • WORPspeed

          Meanwhile I am just crossing my fingers and hoping Nintendo will announce a Metroid game for the Wii U this E3. HD metroid *drool*

          • Badouken

            Tell me about it… I thought the xenoblade chroniceles X announcement last E3 was a Metroid game at first… They better have one this year!!!

          • WORPspeed

            They’d better! Though I am really digging that Xenoblade Chronicles X, the last Xenoblade on the wii was AWESOME!

          • Badouken

            Ya easily a day one buy for me, I loved XenoBlade Chronicles and X looks amazing!

  • pixelstuff

    If they could make this with a 256 GB SSD and provide Windows drivers for a dual boot option I would definitely buy it at a $1,500 price tag. I suggested this to a Google employee right after the original came out. Here’s hoping they passed the suggestion on to the design team who also liked the idea.

    • Dude

      As if…

    • cheeto0

      Windows drivers? what would the purpose of that be? They 100% compatible with linux. So you can dual boot that if you need to run more intense native programs.

      • pixelstuff

        Almost all applications that I have a need to use, which aren’t web based, are Windows based without a Linux alternative. Such as Quickbooks, Photoshop, IP camera finders, alarm panel programmers, etc.

        Windows is still the best multipurpose OS.

    • Joe Montfort

      Huh?

      The whole point of the Chromebook product model is that it is not Windows and that it’s cloud-centric, and therefore doesn’t need big-ass local storage… Why turn Pixel 2 into just another Windows laptop?

      • pixelstuff

        The point would be so that if you spend $1,500 for a “developer” machine, you could use it for multiple things. I don’t know about you, but I still run across tasks the require Windows. So I can buy a nice Windows and a cheap Chromebook, or an all-in-one device if they ever make one.

        My suggestion to Google was also to force it to boot to Chrome by default and then have an option to boot Windows from there. Chrome boots so fast it wouldn’t be much different that a standard BIOS check.

        • sammy8989

          you sound like exactly the kind of person that should get a Surface Pro. They are awesome.

          • liamdools

            What I think Microsoft should understand is that creative professionals don’t want a tablet. They want a nice, portable, thin and light productivity machine with a keyboard and touchpad and a good responsive stylus for art and animation. I would go for the Surface if it ran Windows 7 and didn’t force anything Metro on you. I don’t even like Windows 10; there’s still Metro, no alternative Start menus, and no Aero Glass. If you’re going to pay $1,000+ for a PC, it might as well look nice and use the power you’re paying for.

          • markt9002

            Just install classic shell.

          • liamdools

            I always thought Classic Shell was kind of meh, plus it doesn’t fix the compatibility issues Windows 8/10 has with older software. A few professional artists I know of still use graphics products from 2001.

          • markt9002

            I had a client ask me to “fix the start menu” and at the time classic shell was the only free option out there. I thought it sucked compared to Windows 7 at the time. However, it’s gotten a lot better. I’m quite happy with 8.1 on my work machine. I’ve suppressed almost all of the crap that annoys me, and it runs really fast. Windows 10 is pretty good as well, but I went back to 8.1 for stability.

            I haven’t had any problems like that, so I can’t comment. The oldest program I use is Photoshop CS2.

            I agree with you on the tablet bit. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get into tablets. I use my Chromebook for consumption/browsing.

        • I am a developer and use my Chromebook for developing all the time, as it is today, with no problems. I don’t want to dual-boot my operating system. I do use crouton so I can play in Linux and throw up a quick MEAN server when I need one on the go but I am using it side by side with Chrome OS so it’s not as cumbersome as rebooting into Windows would be if I needed something.

          Honestly what I would like to see in the Pixel 2 would be better battery life (which we would get with Core M chips), and nodejs integration into the Chrome OS shell. It just seems silly that we still do not have nodejs or scripting support in Chrome OS itself. Sure we can easily write an app and side it load it in, but sometimes I want to write a quick script to automate things that I am working on and making a Chrome app for it is overkill.

    • rage- rebels

      How about a Chrome os laptop with a detachable screen which turns into a tablet running android lollipop. now that would be awesome.
      This must be the best site for chromebook users. thanks to the hard work by Joey,

    • Doug

      I’m surprised that Google isn’t taking advantage of the fact that they own the webdev community.

      If they were smart they would be positioning the next Chromebook Pixel to target their dev community. Good hardware (high-res matte IPS screen, great battery, great keyboard/touchpad, 8GB Ram minimum, 128-256GB SSD) inside of their already sexiest laptop casing ever created, with most importantly the ability to easily dual boot Windows/Linux without everything breaking like the touchpad, screen brightness, etc and at a competitive price (to gain marketshare)…something like this would easily be worth that $1,500 price tag.

      Google could absolutely crush the laptop market if they wanted to.

  • moe

    the last chromebook by google had a code name that was the pixel which had a really good screen, i wonder what samus means for this chromebook?

    • cheeto0

      The pixel’s codename was Link

  • Felipe Ricardo

    Holping for the price drop (800-900 is OK), touchscreen drop, and better battery life.

  • Guest
  • João Victor Schiavo

    Oh my god! USB TYPE C!!

    YAY!! IT’S HAPPENING!!! :DD

  • komrath

    I would spend the extra buck and import one from UK to Germany :-)

    • peter.maffay342tnfui43bgui4e

      I already though about importing a pixel 1 from the US to Germany, but the 4G model was/is only compatible with Verizon. Hopefully the pixel 2 will have a international 4G modul.

      • Rick

        I have one and it is working with 4G GSM

        • Adrian Esdaile

          I would love to know how you got the 4G GSM working. Mine is resolutely locked to Verizon, despite Australia using the same 700 bands that Verizon does.

          • Rick

            I can’t post it here. Hit me up on Twitter and I’ll follow you and DM it. @Fly4PJ

      • sauerbraten

        no it isnt’t. I use the cb pixel lte with my german mobil-carrier blau.de ;)

      • komrath

        I don’t really care about the 4G in tablets and laptops, only the keyboard is my concern :-) But having LTE would be of course a nice touch :-)

  • Good info, but I mean this as (hopefully) constructive criticism: this article is nearly unreadable. Gotta work on your syntax.

  • FelschR

    Yes!

    I’ve been waiting for this since the first Chromebook Pixel was released.

    Mainly because I’d like to have much better battery life than the 4 hours of the first Pixel.

    Also after 2 years I think they could likely scale up the resolution a bit to get more than 239 ppi (the Dell XPS 13 e.g. has 276 ppi).

    USB Type C also sounds interesting.

  • nvflnvrealtor

    Larger screen, at least 17″, more ssd drive >500gb, 5th gen intel I7, 8gb ram.2560 x 1700 resolution+ PERFECT

    • Tomfoolery

      The current pixel has 32GB SSD. You want 500GB? You’re dreamin’ son. Sorry…

    • CAC1031

      Plug in a separate drive. Too few people need/want that much native storage.

  • Sean Patterson

    What does Google have against widescreen format?

    • liamdools

      Personally, I’m glad they’re making some nice square laptops. While my C720 is great, the 16:9 aspect ratio isn’t the most compact, and I think 4:3 and 3:2 has more appeal to developers, people who write things often, or people who just like to read articles. I am all of these people, so I have no use for the extra screen space besides space for useless advertisements.

      • Curtis Mitchell

        ^^

        Like the Pixel, the Pixel 2 will likely not be intended for Joe Consumer but will be a test machine for developers. Not to say that Joe Consumer won’t be able to buy and enjoy it if he is so inclined. The screen format Google chooses makes sense for the consumer base they are targeting. They were probably all greedily clutching on to their old ThinkPads before they decided to just build their own laptop.

        • xdigi

          Hopefully developers are smart enough to not spend $1500 on a web browser and, instead, get a real computer….

          • liamdools

            Using Edubuntu on my C720 right now, working fast and smooth. It would probably be even better with a Core i5.

    • The screens Google are using basically give the display enough room so that the app bar on the bottom of the screen doesn’t take up valuable screen real estate. On a normal Chromebook with a resolution of 1366×768 – you lose 48px of that 768px height to the app bar.

    • Mark Permann

      Dunno, but know what I do: I use my computer to do web research & create documents, not watch movies. Square ratios are much better for reading & productivity. Glad to see them leading in this usability dimension as they do in others (for example, function keys such as volume, brightness not requiring you to use a combo-key press).

  • Jeff South Florida

    The power adapter is already big, so why not add additional battery capacity to it? Or make a second battery module with the same footprint as the laptop. Sleek and light is useless without enough power.

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Honestly, it sounds like they are trying to make a more consumer friendly device with some of these specs getting tossed around. Core M? Now that’s a chip I’d expect in a chromebook. Depending on how it is specced though, the Pixel 1 might outperform it in raw computing power.

    That’d be kind of sad.

  • xdigi

    It’s a Chromebook.. nobody cares.

    • Peddler

      And yet you read the story and bothered to comment.

      Go figure.

    • Thomas Raven

      So why are you even here? Troll much?

      • xdigi

        Because this isn’t just a “Chromebook” blog? Derp.

    • BKarno

      Your opinion; Nobody Cares.

      • xdigi

        Nah, with a .01% marketshare… it’s the Chromebook that nobody cares about (except for Googlebots).

        • BKarno
          • xdigi

            Nah, bet they don’t if Google is so desperate they have to pay schools to use them while most of the students continue to happily use Macbooks.

          • BKarno

            Article mentioned iPads, not Macbooks. And schools actually tend to pay MORE for hardware in these technology programs than a consumer would pay for the same device (generally because maintenance and education software is included in the pricing and/or the machines are special versions for educations). Can you give me a specific example of Google paying a specific district to adopt Chromebooks (i.e. the machines were given for free or Google actually gave them the machines and a sum of money). Not talking a couple dozen samples, but the typical thousand or more that a larger district may purchase. I’d imagine apple has given a lot of tech away for free (or very cheap) as well. It’s called doing business. How do you think Glock got so many LE contracts back in the 80’s and 90’s. The basically gave the guns away for free. This strategy has made them Billions in the consumer market. Sounds like a pretty good business strategy to me. Additionally, Google isn’t making the devices that the schools are buying, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, Asus make the machines, and I doubt they are just giving them away so Google can profit from selling adds and statistics. Any person who likes computers and technology should always welcome any new device that comes to market. You may not like the new tech, but if a Chromebook forces Apple or MS to bring better products to market to compete then those users benefit. Do you believe that the HP Streams would exist if Chromebooks were never brought to market? Just another reason you should hope Chromebooks keep getting better.

    • systemBuilder

      Microsoft seems to care. A LOT. They are giving away Windows for Free, and Office for Free, in the HP Stream. But the joke is on the customer because the minimum machine of that type requires 22 GB of Flash!

  • Thomas Raven

    I’m all for a new Pixel, but could easily live without touch.

    • systemBuilder

      My sons got c720ps. They never scroll ANYTHING any more, touch is really useful on a machine with a small screen, where your hands are close to the screen.

  • Drakx

    I’d love a new pixel with more than 5 hours battery life! That alone was the only reason I didn’t get the original Pixel.

  • Lee

    I’d happily pass up on the ridiculously premium build to bring the price somewhere closer to what a Chromebook should be.

    A high resolution, IPS, 3:2 display – without touch. A great track-pad. Backlit keyboard. A modern, mid-range Intel processor. ~10 hour battery life. Fanless. 4 GB RAM.

    Something like that at around 0.4-0.6 of the price of the original Pixel will have me there on day 1.

    • BKarno

      I agree with you 100% Lee. Google needs to design and build that ideal mid-level machine that we have all been clamoring for.

    • ReyMaxwin

      Specs are short lived. Beauty is for ever.

  • BKarno

    Read an article yesterday which referenced rumors that the “Pixel 2” may be a 2-in-1 that runs as a Chromebook with the keyboard and an Android tablet when separated.

    From the article on Ubergizmo “The rumored 2-in-1 device is said to run on Chrome OS, which is to be expected, but here’s the interesting thing – the display can be detached from its keyboard which would then turn it into a tablet, but it will not be a tablet running on Chrome OS, but it will automatically switch to the Android operating system!”

    • JLIT99

      Wow. If that’s true, they can take my money now.

    • A Random

      I’ll believe it when I see it but it sounds awesome!

  • blazewon22

    I’d buy a second Gen Pixel in a heartbeat! I can’t stand the 3.5-4 hour battery life on my Pixel. Everything else rocks. Seriously will be moving to a Surface Pro 3 or new XPS if there isn’t an update this year.

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