When Google announced Chromebook for the first time, the idea was to offer netbooks that everyone could afford, which were fast because they ran Chrome OS, and whose apps were launched from the cloud. Now, the first part of this statement isn’t so clear – Google just released the Chromebook Pixel in the U.S. and U.K., a high-end touch-screen laptop with amazing resolution.
Undoubtedly, the screen is the first thing on this new computer to grab people’s attention. It has an impressive amount of pixels (239 pixels per inch) on its 12.8-inch screen, reaching a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels. But, it is also a highly precise touch screen that you can use to control the computer as if it were a tablet.
Its 4 GB of RAM memory, combined with the Intel® Core™ i5 processor, makes Chrome OS work even faster, which is without a doubt one of the Chromebook Pixel’s strongest points. It will come with either 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, depending on the model you choose, but it also offers 1 TB of free cloud storage in Google Drive, which only lasts for 3 years.
Its dimensions are 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2mm and weighs 1.52kg (3.55 lbs), and apparently has 5 hours of battery life thanks to its 59Wh battery. It has two USB 2.0 ports, and an SD and MMC card reader.
As you can see in the official video, it has a very sleek finish, with an aluminum body that completely hides the screws and ventilation, resulting in a tremendously elegant design, very much in line with Apple. The touchpad is made from etched glass, just as the screen protector, and the speakers are hidden under the keyboard.
Currently there are only two available versions – one with WiFi connectivity with 32 GB internal storage for $1,299, and another compatible with LTE networks for $1449. It’s definitely not a computer for every public.
As of right now there aren’t any official dates as to when it will go on sale outside of the U.S. and U.K., but its only a matter of time before it expands its frontiers. What do you think of this laptop? Is it time to make the jump to Chrome OS?
Chromebook Pixel on Google Play