While there are plenty of great Chromebooks out there already, we especially like the Pixelbooks that Google publishes itself, and a tweak in the Chromium code that Chrome OS is based on suggests that a new model is on the way.
The Chrome Unboxed team has spotted references in the code to a Chromebook called Havlor and, in particular, a new mention of support for a Google Assistant key on the keyboard. That strongly hints at a new Pixelbook straight from Google.
Only three Chrome OS devices – the original Pixelbook, Pixel Slate, and Pixelbook Go – have ever had a dedicated Google Assistant key, so it’s thought Havlor could be the next in the series.
However, it is not a definitive test – third-party manufacturers may now be able or willing to add this feature for whatever reason. But the key only seems to be present on a Chromebook from the next batch of devices.
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Like many other upcoming Chromebooks, Havlor is based on a motherboard design codenamed Volteer. It adds new integrated graphics from Intel, improved speeds and battery life, support for 4K and USB4 displays, and more.
If Havlor is really going to be a new Google Pixelbook, it’s likely a powerful, high-spec one – Google has consistently used the Pixelbook line to try and set new standards for Chromebook devices.
According to Chrome Unboxed, the time coincides with. Previous Pixelbooks have gone through the same kind of development arc as Havlor, and there are signs that the new laptop could be available before the end of the year.
However, until it is announced, we won’t know for sure. We haven’t heard any other rumors about a Pixelbook coming soon, but considering the Pixelbook Go got a five-star rating from us, we’re hoping Google has something on the way.