A new Google Pixelbook could be in the works, and it could be equipped with the new 11th generation Tiger Lake mobile Intel Core processors. In the past few hours some traces have emerged in the Chromium source code, then corroborated by some information shared by the internal sources of 9to5google. The juice, however, is rather narrow:
- The code name of the device is Halvor, and is made from a basic board called Volteer. Both names are quotes related to the Spyro video game.
- The device features a keyboard, trackpad and touch screen. So we're expecting a traditional laptop form factor, like the Pixelbook Go, or at most a convertible like the original Pixelbook.
- There should be at least two cuts of RAM: one is 16GB, the other is unknown.
- Present a 3.5 mm audio jack along with three USB Type-C ports, probably with support for the USB 4 protocol.
It is difficult to know when the device might be launched. The clues uncovered in the code by Chrome Unboxed suggest that the development work is still in the early stages – the keyboard layout is still being defined.
It therefore seems rather unlikely that he will arrive in time for the traditional hardware event in October (if there is: the pandemic is messing up everyone's plans this year). Also, unlike Pixel smartphones, the Chrome OS computer release schedule has been pretty patchy – the Chromebook Pixel in 2013, a sequel in 2015, the Pixelbook in 2017, and the Pixelbook Go in 2019. The Pixel Slate also came out in 2018. .