Google appears to be planning a manufacturing run for another new first-party Chromebook Pixel laptop.
The company published a job posting last month entitled “Quality Engineer, Chromebook Pixel.” The person selected for the job will be based in Shanghai and will be expected to “drive design of experiments and collect SPC [statistical process control] data to enable evaluation, qualification, and verification cost-effectively in manufacturing quality across functional teams,” among other things, according the job description. (Hat tip to OMG! Chrome! for reporting on its existence.)
More generally, the posting contains some classic Googley rhetoric — in other words, the company is optimistic about the potential for the new product.
“As a Quality Engineer, you will be part of shaping Google’s next game-changer,” it says.
This would be Google’s third version of the Chromebook Pixel. The original was unveiled in 2013 for $1,299, and it was updated last year with $999 and $1,299 versions. The lower-priced model has since been discontinued.
In September, Google unveiled a convertible tablet called the Pixel C from the same team that came up with the Chromebook Pixel, but not all reviews of the device have been positive. The Chromebook Pixel, by contrast, has gotten a better reception. Perhaps that’s because the Chromebook concept has already caught on, and the Pixel is simply a high-end version, with a touchscreen and other distinctive features.
A touchscreen Chromebook should be more appealing to consumers in 2016 than in previous years because Chromebooks can now run Android apps.
But then again, even if Google is in fact building a new Chromebook Pixel, it may never be released to the public.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.