Google Chromebook Pixel 2 hits the UK on April 21

Brings an all-aluminium body, high-res touchscreen and 12-hour battery; from £799

Google's Chromebook Pixel 2 will be released in the UK on April 21, available through the Google Play Store and Dixons retail stores.

The Google Chromebook Pixel 2 is nearly upon us; the successor to 2013's Google Chromebook Pixel which runs Chrome OS – the web-based operating system.

There will be two versions to choose from on release; the £799 base model or the higher-spec £999 model.

So what's in store? Well, a premium aluminium body, 12.85 touchscreen with 25660x1700 resolution, glass trackpad and a backlit keyboard.

The base model is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. If you want more bang for your buck, then opt for the high-end edition which includes an Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 64GB SSD.

There's also a wide-angle camera lens and an impressive 12-hour battery, which can get around 2 hours of life from just 15 minutes charge.

While the MacBook offers a single 29W USB-C, the Chromebook Pixel 2 includes dual 60W USB-C ports to allow users to connect two cables at once.

With a beautiful look, competitive specs and a lower price tag than its predecessor; the Chromebook Pixel 2 shapes up as a great alternative for anti-Apple folk seeking a lightweight laptop.

The Google Chromebook Pixel 2 will be available through the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) and Dixons retail stores from April 21 in the UK.

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Nathan George is a freelance journalist who has contributed to T3.com in the fields of gaming, social media, streaming services, autonomous vehicles, phones, virtual reality headsets, wireless speakers and future tech. He studied journalism at the University of the West of England and is a holder of the Bronze and Silver The Duke of Edinburgh Award.