The First Chromebook with a 4K Display
Google might launch its first 4K Chromebook at Google I/O

Chromebooks range in specifications wildly, but there haven’t been many high-end options. The Chromebook Pixel and Pixelbook you’ll find, but there’s still a lot in the Windows ecosystem we’ve never seen arrive in a Chromebook. Now, it seems a Chromebook with a 4K display is incoming.

How many pixels does a Chromebook need? Google’s Pixelbook seems to have plenty, with a 2400 x 1600 resolution stretched across a mere 12.3 inches of LCD.

Chromebooks generally offer longer battery life than Windows or Mac laptops because Chrome OS isn’t running as many background processes. It’d be a shame if Chromebook battery life takes a serious hit for the sake of pixels most people won’t need.

Although it’s not usual for Google I/O to be a forum for hardware launches, that doesn’t rule it out at all, especially as the Chrome/Android hybrid range is the company’s main challenge against Microsoft’s Windows. There have been launches before – including the Google Home and some early Chromebooks.

OK, so there’s a certain amount of speculation based on a shred of data, albeit a pretty reliable one, but nevertheless there’s no reason to question this – we’ve no evidence that Fuchsia is going to be formally announced anytime soon, and for the moment at least, Pixelbooks running Android apps seems to be the way to go.

We know for near-certain that Android P (whatever it be called) will get its formal announcement at I/O. Chrome OS, on the other hand, has worked off silent incremental updates all along so it would probably take hardware to cement any big announcement.