Google Announces Touch-Enabled Chromebook Pixel

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Just when you thought that Chromebooks will be synonymous to cheap, low cost and lower-spec’ed notebook, Google announces a high-end touch-enabled Chromebook Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel is not like any other Chromebook, the Chromebook Pixel is a Google branded notebook, designed and developed by Google, even though we know that this was manufacturered by one of their OEM partner, Google did not mention who they are and will most likely want to keep it that way.

Specs wise the Chromebook Pixel can go head-to-head with the base model of MacBook Air; powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz), a Intel® HD Graphics 4000, 32GB SSD and a 4GB DDR3 RAM. Unlike the MBA as well as other Chromebooks; Chromebook Pixel will sport a 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio @239 PPI, higher than Macbook Pro with Retina display; protected with a Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen; 720p HD camera; and that ever familiar backlit Chrome keyboard and a clickable, etched-glass touchpad. The Chromebook Pixel will also come with a 1 TB Google Drive cloud storage for 3 years and 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet.

Google Chromebook Pixel will be available in 2 models; WiFiOnly and 4G LTE (with 64 GB SSD) and retail price of $1,299 (USD) and $1,449 (USD) respectively, so that Wifi-Only model of the Chromebook Pixel will cost around SAR 4,900.00.

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Google Chromebook Pixel Full Specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
  • 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio with 2560 x 1700 screen resolution @239 PPI, 400 nit screen brightness, 178° extra-wide viewing angle
  • Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
  • 32GB SSD (64GB on LTE model)
  • 1 terabyte Google Drive cloud storage for 3 years
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Backlit Chrome keyboard
  • etched-glass touchpad
  • Integrated 720p HD camera
  • Dimension: 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm
  • Weight: 3.35 lbs / 1.52 kg
  • Anodized aluminum finish
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • mini display port
  • SD / MMC card reader
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2
  • Built-in LTE modem (LTE model)
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet
  • 100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless (LTE model).***
  • 59 Wh battery (Up to 5 hours of active use)

If Google was previously marketing the Chromebook as your secondary computer, with the Chromebook Pixel Google is definitely aiming to be your primary and only computer, specially for those who live and die in the cloud. Even if Google Chromebook Pixel will not be a success in terms of sales, the Chromebook Pixel will definitely now be the basis for future Chromebook design.

Last modified: October 4, 2017

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