Google releases Chromebook Pixel with touch screen
Google has announced the release of the Chromebook Pixel, the priciest and most powerful Chromebook in the lineup yet.
With a starting price of $1,299, the Pixel comes with a 12.85-inch Gorilla Glass multi-touch display, 4GB of RAM, a 32GB of solid-state drive and 1TB of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Drive cloud storage (Free for three years). Perhaps most surprising is its stunning 2560 x 1700 screen resolution, which works out to be 239ppi, or pixels per inch.
The Pixel is powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor with integrated HD 4000 graphics, and offers two USB 2.0 ports, an SD Card slot, and a Mini DisplayPort for hooking up to an external display. The device weights 3.35 pounds and the battery will reportedly last five hours with typical usage.
Users who want on-board mobile data will be interested in the LTE version, which is priced at $1,499. It does come with a 64GB SSD however, though it will only ship in the first week of April. The Wi-Fi-only Pixel is available immediately on Google Play.
Google engineers apparently started working on the Pixel two years ago, which was envisioned as a premium Chromebook from the get-go. According to Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of engineering in charge of Chrome and the Google Apps online services, "These aren't economies-of-scale volume parts … in many cases they are custom one-off components, precision engineered."