Google has proven that it can move beyond smartphones and tablets by making Chromebooks. Chromebooks were designed to make computing simple, faster and secure. Back in 2012, the company came up with two offerings one made by Samsung and the other by Acer.
Now, after months of speculation and one very strange leaked video, Google's first touchscreen laptop has been outed. The Chromebook Pixel runs Google's Chrome operating system and has been built by the web giant. The laptop has Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, fast 4G LTE connectivity and a high-resolution screen aimed at challenging Apple's Retina Display.
Google did not disclose who its hardware partners are but the company did say that the device is being assembled in Taiwan.
At the launch event, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps at Google was quoted stating, "I think the hardware shines. There's a set of users who are really committed to living completely in the cloud."
Talking about specifications, measuring 1.52 kg, Chromebook Pixel features a 12.85 inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels, 239 ppi pixel density and Gorilla Glass protection, 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 dual core processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, 720p front camera and a 59 Wh battery offering up to 5 hours of backup.
Further, the notebook comes with dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE (in certain regions), 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini-display port and a 2-in-1 card reader supporting SD, MMC cards.
Price & Availability
According to Google, Chromebook Pixel will be available for purchase from Google Play in U.S. and U.K. starting today and will soon come to BestBuy.com. The Wi-Fi version priced at $1,299 (approx. Rs 70,500) will start shipping next week and the Wi-Fi + LTE version priced at $1,449 (approx. Rs 78,700) will start shipping in April.
Below are the features of the new Chromebook Pixel launched with amazing display.
2560 x 1700 pixel touchscreen display
Chromebook Pixel boasts a 12.85 inch touchscreen display with 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution and 239 pixels per inch pixel density. With these numbers Google proudly proclaims that Chromebook Pixel is the only laptop with the highest pixel density available in the market.
Chromebook Pixel's killer spec is definitely its high-resolution display, which is significantly higher than the one in Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display with has a pixel density of 128 ppi only.
Pixels aside, the distinguishing feature of the Chromebook Pixel's display is its touch-ready surface. Users can use fingers to tap buttons and links, pinch-to-zoom into pages and swipe around photos and Web content. Following the lead of many tablets and smartphones, the Pixel's screen is protected by Gorilla Glass.
Free Google Drive storage
On purchasing an Chromebook Pixel, users will get a whopping 1 terabyte free Google Drive storage for three years to store their files, photos, videos and other content on the could.
GoGo Wi-Fi service
With the Chromebook Pixel users can get online even at 30,000 feet with Gogo in-flight Internet service and comes with 12 free in-air Internet passes.
Likewise all the other Chromebooks, the latest addition also comes with popular Google products including Search, Gmail, Talk, YouTube, Google+ Hangouts and more.
Zero Setup Maintenance
Unlike other computers, Chromebooks usually boot in seconds and resume instantly. Further, these devices never slow down as they avoid software bloat.
Chrombook comes with built-in virus protection that lets the users free from anti-virus updations and cautious software installations.