Google's laptop-tablet hybrid Pixelbook has been given high praise by critics and users for its functionality and design, but the device suffers from one critical flaw: It runs Chrome OS, Google's own, underpowered operating system. New reports suggest that may change soon, as Google is supposedly exploring the possibility of getting the Pixelbook certified to work with Windows 10.
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Looking at the new Pixelbook from afar, it's really hard to understand why anyone, let alone Google, could demand a retail price of $US1,000 (about $1300) for this thing. It's got Chrome OS inside -- the operating system you stick in cheap laptops with cheap guts because it needs practically no processor power to run. And Google made no attempt to explain why a Chromebook should go for $US1,000 during its presentation. After playing with it, I've got a better idea of why Google would ask that kind of price.
Google announced some new hardware at a characteristically low key event in San Francisco on today. Nearly everything had been leaked ahead of the event, but there were a few surprises -- some more exciting than others. Inevitably, one thing seemed clear: Google wants to be a gadget company, too.
At today's big event in San Francisco, Google confirmed what we've all known for the last two weeks: It has a slick looking new Chromebook, and it costs $US1000 ($1276). However Google crucially expanded on those early details and has revealed a Chromebook that might actually be worth its sky high price tag, unlike the last $1000-plus Chromebook.