Google Planning Superthin, 2-in-1 Laptop Running New OS (Report)

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Google is reportedly developing a 'superthin' 12.3-inch touch-screen laptop that will run its upcoming Android / Chrome OS hybrid OS, codenamed Andromeda. Android Police reports today (Sept. 26) that the notebook, known as both 'Bison' and 'Pixel 3' internally at Google, will be the first laptop powered by the new platform when it is released in mid-to-late 2017. 

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The report claims that 'Bison' will not be marketed as a Chromebook, but instead an Android laptop featuring aspects of Chrome OS. Android Police claims that this notebook would signal the end of the Chromebook Pixel line, and begin the Andromeda Pixel line.

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Some early, but not final, specs shared in the report point to the device being a 2-in-1, but it's not clear if the notebook will feature the rotating display form seen in the Chromebook Flip or the detachable design used by Microsoft's Surface Book. It's also supposed to be incredibly thin, at less than 10 millimeters (which would beat the 10.4-millimeter thick HP Spectre).

It appears there could be two models, with one sporting an Intel m3 CPU, 32GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The higher-end model will feature an i5 CPU, 128GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

Looking at its ports and features The notebooks should also sport a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm analogue audio jack, stylus support and stereo speakers. Supposedly this notebook will offer up to 10 hours of battery life, with a backlit keyboard and glass touchpad with haptic feedback and force detection, similar to what you find in the MacBook.

But don't expect to see any roaming 'Bison' at Google's October 4 event, as Android police speculates Google will only show off 'an Andromeda demo,' without revealing the hardware.

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  • Frank Rizzo Says:

    Ditch the 2 in 1 concept. In order for the detachable half to function it has to have all of the equipment plus the battery. Makes for an unbalanced combo when attached to the bottom half. Make the screen super thin, bezel-less. Then you could have a bigger battery and get better than the paltry 10 hours which in real life will be considerably less. Even then you have a handicapped device unless all you care about is internet access to do your work.

  • JuanSoto Says:

    Google didn't have a choice but to extend Android (their popular OS) instead of pushing Chromebooks (their niche effort).

    People are moving away from the MobileOS experience and back to 'real' (convergence) OSes to get some kind of work done. Windows (Spyware) 10 is reestablishing Microsoft. Ubuntu is pushing hard at convergence. Apple has done a good job of getting two vastly different OSes to function as one. MobileOSes on a larger screen are a fail.

    This is an opportunity for Google to create a real solution on the desktop instead of playing games with *forcing* people into cloud services that are riddled with theft of data. And yet... I still *only* see 32gbs of storage on one of their *laptop* devices. I have to wonder what other kinds of manipulative games Google has up their sleeve for Andromeda.

    I'm excited about the possibilities in Andromeda. I'm just cynical about monopolies. Every single big provider of services has failed their users in major ways that are no longer being addressed anywhere. People are simply distracted by the shiny new items as the doors to their cages shut close.

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