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Google Introduces Pixelbook

The Pixelbook comes with a battery that should last 10 years, and two USB-C ports that let you recharge up to two hours of use in 15 minutes. That's pretty great, but Chromebooks have never wanted for longevity.

On that keyboard you'll find a dedicated Google Assistant button, one that can be used to bring up Google's take on the omnipresent contextual helper at any screen.

As on its phones and tablets, Assistant on the Pixelbook works both as a search tool and a screen reader, providing additional details on what you're reading, watching, and listening to.

Assistant can also be called using the "OK Google" command at any time — just be prepared for all your other devices to light up at the same time — or with the Pixelbook Pen, which lets you circle anything on the screen to ask Assistant for a bit more information.

The cheapest $999 model ships with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage — more than enough for the average Chromebook user, who has been trained to rely on cloud services to mitigate traditionally low storage counts.

An extra $200 brings the storage up to 256GB of RAM, for a $1199 price, while the most expensive model, a $1649 version with 512GB of NVMe SSD and 16GB of RAM, will be available later in the year.

Dual speakers, four microphones, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports (both of which accept charging) and a 720p camera round out the specs, which should bode well for those who want to make the most out of the Pixelbook as an entertainment device.

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