Google has added a new device in its fleet of Chromebook lineup – this one called the Chromebook Pixel. The launch was done on Thursday at San Francisco. It measures 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm and weighs 3.35 pounds. The device is priced at $1,299 which is surprisingly higher than the existing Chromebooks in the market, probably more than the combined cost of them all 🙂
Chrombook pixel is aimed for the power users who totally rely on the cloud and webapps and is an attempt by Google to enter the mainstream laptop market currently dominated by rivals Apple and Microsoft.
- CPU – Intel® Core™ i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz), Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
- RAM: 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- Display: Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen, 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI, 400 nit screen, 178° extra-wide viewing angle
- Storage: 32 GB solid state drive (64 GB for LTE model)
- Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2, Bluetooth® 3.0
- Data: 4G LTE
- OS: Chrome OS
- Weight: 3.35lb / 1.52kg
- Dimensions: measuring 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm
- Battery: Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)
- Expansion slot: 2 x USB 2.0, mini-display port, 2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
- Audio: Built-in microphone array, Integrated DSP for noise cancellation, Powerful speakers.
- Webcam: 720p Powerful HD Webcam
- Freebies: 1 Terabyte of Google drive Cloud storage, free for 3 years | 100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless (LTE model) | 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet
The main highlight of the device is its screen sized 12.85″ which offers a pixel density of 239 pixels-per-inch compared to 220 pixels-per-inch on the latest Macbook Pro with Retina display. This is by far the highest pixel density of any existing laptops in the market. It has a tough Gorilla® Glass 2 for protecting the device even under extreme conditions. The device has an aspect ratio of 3:2. According to Sundar Pichai, VP, Google, the reason for choosing this unusual aspect ratio is because Google feels that the web still focuses on horizontally displayed content which is viewed better on a 3:2 screen than a typical 16:10 screen.
When compared to Apple devices in the same category, Apple has its MacBook Air available at $1,199 which provides a 13″ display and storage capacity of 128 GB but does not offer High resolution screen and touch features.
The basic 32 GB WiFi only version of the device is now available on Google play at $1299 in US. The 64 GB version which will work on both WiFi and 4G LTE cellular will ship in April at $1,499. Thats the price of the cheapest MacBook Pro available in the market. Google says it only earns a very small profit from every Chromebook. But, the company aims to earn more money from the online traffic delivered from these machines. Like every Chromebook, Pixel also comes ready to use all Google services like Search, Mail, Youtube and others.