Pixelbook with Pen?

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  1. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I'm surprised nobody is yet discussing the leak of the upcoming Google Pixelbook, which will have:

    http://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/19/google-pixelbook-chromebook-price-release-date/

    Not technically Android, but this seems like the best area to post about it... especially since Chromebooks can run Android apps.
     
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    Newly announced. 2 USB-C ports. Runs Android apps of course. A pen built with Wacom:

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    $999 for an i5. Pen is $99 separate purchase.
     
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    It looks to be Wacom AES. If this really is AES, there is a good chance that other, more affordable(read $25-50) pens will work on this. Unless, this turns out to be proprietary AES panel, like some of those Lenovo devices.
     
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    Currently AES doesn’t have tilt sensitivity in other laptops (Lenovo ones), so either this is a new AES development/ iteration or a different technology.
     
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    A little bit more from Ars Technica (who also claims it's AES): https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...k-brings-back-the-1000-chrome-os-halo-device/

     
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    It uses quad a batteries so it's probably AES, unless they came up with something different that also uses AAAA batteries.
     
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    Awfully expensive device on which to run Android apps.
     
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    What kind of batteries does N-trig use? I mostly thought that the pen reminded me very much of the surface pen. But I honestly haven’t looked up the tech info on it yet. I also was wondering if it’s just runs android apps? I sort of assumed, for the price, that it somehow was a dual boot machine or something of that sort…
     
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    The pen reminds me a lot of the Huawei Matepen.
     
  10. jhoff80

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    It's Chrome OS. So the main functionality of it is running Chrome and Chrome apps (and a couple system things like a file explorer, media player, etc.). However, recently Google added support for Android apps to Chrome OS. And Android N or O, I forget which, allows for freely resizable windows on Chrome OS. (Previous to that, it's a few designated phone-sized layouts).

    Personally, I don't think Chrome OS makes too much sense for high-end devices like this.... but I feel like a lot of people would be covered by a desktop class web browser alongside Android apps (such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Lightroom, etc.) where it makes a lot of sense on the low-end (and to me, that's what Microsoft desperately needs 10S to succeed against otherwise they lose their foothold).
     
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