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New Google Pixelbook devices reportedly in the works

The hardware will supposedly meet needs not being addressed with the current Pixelbook and Slate.

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Looks like Google's Pixelbook and Pixel Slate might be getting a new coworker. 

At the company's Cloud Next 2019 conference on Tuesday, Pixelbook Group Lead Product Manager Steve Jacobs discussed a device coming "down the road" for users to be "be productive on-the-go," 9to5Google reports. The new hardware was mentioned as part of a session called "The Premium, Versatile, & Secure: Introducing Google Hardware for Business," following a recap of the workplaces being addressed by the company's current Chrome OS devices. 

"This was just a presentation on general capabilities for Google laptops and tablets ," a Google spokesman said in a statement. "We can't confirm or deny future products. We obviously still have a robust roadmap of laptops and tablets, but cannot share specifics." 

The Pixelbook and Pixel Slate are both premium, 12.3-inch, two-in-one devices running on Google's Chrome OS. Google does not make a small, simple, low-cost Chromebook laptop like those being gobbled up by school districts and office IT departments. 

Talk of new Pixelbook hardware comes as a bit of a surprise. In March, Google reportedly cut back its roadmap and staff for the internal hardware division responsible for the Pixelbook and Slate, according to Business Insider

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