Google Is Releasing an Android Laptop to Compete With the Macbook
Google is well known for having a stake in many areas, and their October 4 event will likely bring the announcement of another: laptops. Google has already brought us Chromebooks, but the new device, known internally as “Bison” and informally as the “Pixel 3,” according to Android Police, is so much more. Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android, Chrome OS & Play, hinted at something huge.
Bison will reportedly be super thin with a 12.3″ screen, and Google intends for it to support tablet mode as well, potentially like the Lenovo Yoga. It will likely boast either an Intel M3 or i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM.
Other features include a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, stylus support (stylus not included), a battery that will last about 10 hours and — wait for it — a 3.5mm HEADPHONE JACK! Looks like Google isn’t ready to go the way of Apple yet. The trackpad will have features similar to Force Touch on the MacBook, so expect lots of haptic feedback. Bison will likely run Andromeda, a combination of Chrome OS that we’ve seen in Chromebooks, and Android.
Even though Bison is not going to be cheap, the planned price point is nonetheless competitive: The device should start at $799 (still cheaper than a MacBook). We should be seeing Bison launch around September 2017.
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(h/t Android Police; photos via Justin Sullivan/Getty)