Google Announces Chromebook Pixel

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 19.08.13The Chromebook pixel is the first Chromebook that has been designed by Google itself. It’s looks like a premium product, and is aimed directly at Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro.

Like the Retina MacBook Pro, the main focus of the notebook is the display. A 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen panel, Google says it’s the highest resolution display that’s ever shipped on a laptop. The screen strangely has a 3:2 aspect ratio, but Google says that this displays web content better.

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It shares many design elements that the MacBook Pro is famous for. Speakers that fire upwards, through the keyboard, vents hidden in the hinge, and a very thin yet responsive LED-backlit keyboard, custom-made for the laptop.

But Google is trying to improve on Apple’s design. Promoting rounded edges, and an etched glass trackpad that is far finer than the competition.

“We experimented with different surface textures under a microscope till we came up with these peaks and valleys that feel really nice under your fingers,”

Google focused in the hinge too, saying that you can open the laptop’s lid without lifting the front of the notebook off the ground.

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And then there is the touchscreen. Google repeatedly mentioned how smooth and fluid it is to swipe between webpages on the touchscreen on the Pixel, and how it would allow developers to target a broader ecosystem for their apps by allowing them to build the same experience for phones and tablets on the web. However, the touchscreen performance is far from fluid.

The specs of the Pixel are vastly improved over the older version of the Chromebook. Instead of packing an  ARM or Intel Atom chip, the laptop sports a Intel Core i5 processor. Google says that this should have the same performance as existing Windows Ultrabooks.

Google will sell two versions of the Pixel, one with Wi-Fi only and one with Verizon LTE: the Wi-Fi model will ship next week for $1,299 and come with 32GB of storage, and the LTE will have 64GB of storage for $1,449.

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(Source: The Verge)

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