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Google's new Chromebook Pixel features excellent battery life, USB Type-C ports

Mark Hachman | March 12, 2015
Google's original Chromebook Pixel strode boldly toward a brighter, more Web-centric world--and left most of us behind, unfortunately. Google's new Pixel still tries to lead the way, but with apps and services to help justify its updated, premium hardware.

There's a surprising number of apps inside the Chrome store — something that wasn't available when the first Pixel debuted, two years ago. With a richer app ecosystem, there are more reasons to buy a Pixel.

What the future may hold

The new Pixel obviously means that rumors of a Google two-in-one Pixel aren't true — at least for now. Bowers declined to comment when asked whether Google was planning a future two-in-one. He was more forthcoming, however, when asked about a Yoga-like Chromebook "easel" that could fold backwards into presentation mode.

"It's definitely a form factor we're seeing more interest in," Bowers said. He said he was aware of a "number of Chromebooks either with that or coming out" with that capability.

But Bowers declined to say whether one report of a Chrome OS tablet that could run Android when undocked was true. "There are lots of crazy rumors out there," he said.

The question that dogged the original Pixel, however, remains: What is it good for? Google executives have a better answer for that with its new Chromebook. There's still no way you'll mistake the Pixel for a Windows PC, but there's at least there's lots more to do with the Pixel this time around.

 

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