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Google shows off $1,299 Chromebook Pixel

Posted on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 16:15:51 CET by

Google revealed Pixel, the most advanced Chromebook to date. While previous Chromebooks focused on low pricing, this new model is a whole different beast. It has a 12.85" multi-touch screen with 400 nits of brightness and a 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution, which is an uncommon 3:2 aspect ratio.

Other than that, it has an unnamed Intel Core i5 dual-core processor with a clockspeed of 1.8GHz, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB DDR3 memory, a 32GB SSD, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam, a Mini-DisplayPort, and 3-years of 1TB Google Drive storage.

The laptop has a thickness of 16.2mm and weighs 1.52kg. Google gave the Chromebook Pixel an exterior made from anodized aluminium, as well as has a glass touchpad and a a backlit keyboard.

The base model starts at $1,299 and is immediately available but only in the US and the UK. A $1,499 model that offers a 64GB SSD and LTE will follow in April.

The Pixel is a pretty big surprise from Google, the device seems like a high quality product and it offers a stunning display, but other than that it's hard to see why anyone would want it. At such a high price point, a Chromebook doesn't really make sense given that it's much more limited than a regular laptop, it's primarily web-based and there's not a lot of software available for it. Other obvious disadvantages include the low storage capacity (partly due to the focus on the cloud), the lack of USB 3.0 and the low battery life of just five hours with the included 59Wh battery.



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