Google is allegedly yet again planning to show the world that it is a company that can build both hardware and software like Apple and Samsung, with the rumoured launch of a new Pixels laptop. What makes this laptop particularly interesting is that it will run Google’s combined Android and Chrome OS operating system, “Andromeda”.
The project runs under the internal codename Bison and is known as the “Pixel 3”, and will be the result of years of work by Google’s Pixel team along with the Android and Chrome OS teams. In case you’ve never heard of Andromeda, it’s an ambitious project to merge Chrome features into Android, but not vice versa, details Android Police.
The Google laptop will be “ultra-thin” with a 12.3-inch display and support tablet mode, although at this point the exact technical details are unknown. It will be powered either by an Intel m3 or i5 Core processor and have 32 GB or 128 GB of storage and up to 16 GB of RAM. It will also feature plenty of ports (hello 3.5 mm headphone jack).
t will also feature a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm jack (!), a host of sensors, stylus support (a Wacom pen will be sold separately), stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery that will last around 10 hours. The keyboard will be backlit, and the glass trackpad will use haptic and force detection similar to the MacBook. Google plans to fit all of this in a form factor under 10mm in thickness, notably thinner than the aforementioned Apple ultraportable.
Android Police’s sources say Google didn’t upgrade the Chromebook Pixel this year probably because of this ambitious plan for next year.
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