When Google first introduced the Chromebook, it was meant to be a cheap laptop primarily used for web content and the cloud running Chrome OS. A few weeks ago, rumors of a high-end model leaked out and piqued our interest. It seems the rumors are true and Google has unveiled its first foray into high-end computing with the Chromebook Pixel. Google boasts of the Pixel’s 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen panel that has a remarkable 4.3 million pixels crammed, giving it the highest pixel density at the moment. The Pixel seems to share some design elements with the MacBook Pro with Retina, a machined aluminum design, hidden speakers beneath the keyboard, custom backlit keyboard, a high resolution screen. True to its web roots, the screen sports a 3:2 screen ratio to better display web content.
Inside, the Pixel is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, with 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD (64GB on LTE model) and Intel HD Graphics 4000. With those specs, it easily stands up to other Ultrabooks in the market, weighing in at a light 1.52kg. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, headphone jack, and a SD/MMC card reader. That much power and high-resolution screen takes a toll in the Pixel’s batteries and will only last for around 5 hours. Google will be shipping two version of the Pixel, one with Wi-Fi only and one with an integrated LTE modem. The WiFi-only model is priced at $1,299 while the LTE model will be $1,449. Included in the price tag is 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for three years.
For a premium Chromebook, the price is quite steep considering its running on a relatively new OS for mostly web and web applications. Add a bit more and you could already get a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina.