Earlier today, Google announced it’s entry into the laptop market by launching Chromebook Pixel, it’s flagship Chrome OS-based laptop, which it says is for “power users who have embraced the cloud”.
It comes with a 12.85-inch touchscreen display with a 2560 x 1700 resolution that packs 239 ppi, which is the highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market. MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a 227 ppi screen.
The Chromebook Pixel is powered by a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and has 4G of RAM, two USB ports, mini display port, 2-in-1 card reader, and a 32GB SSD.
It weights 3.35lbs (1.52 kgs) and comes with a battery life of 5 hours according to Google.
Here’s what Google had to say about their new laptop:
Today we’re excited to announce our newest laptop—the Chromebook Pixel—which brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks. With the Pixel, we set out to rethink all elements of a computer in order to design the best laptop possible, especially for power users who have fully embraced the cloud. The philosophy of Chrome has always been to minimize the “chrome” of the browser. In much the same way, the goal of the Pixel is to make the pixels disappear, giving people the best web experience.
Google is also giving away one terabyte of cloud storage for 3 years.
It is available in two flavors: the Chromebook Pixel with 32GB of SSD storage and Wi-Fi connectivity is available for $1299 and the with built-in LTE and a 64GB SSD is available for $1449.
The Wi-Fi version will start shipping next week and the LTE version will ship in the U.S. in April. You will be able to check them out at select Best Buy (U.S.) and Currys PC World (U.K.) store locations.
Will it give Apple’s MacBook and Windows based laptops a run for their money? Nathan Edwards of gadget recommendation site, The Wire Cutter, puts it aptly:
Maybe someday Chrome OS will really be enough of an operating system to replace Mac OS X or Windows on a productivity machine. But at $1,300, the Chromebook Pixel is just too much machine for the software. If you have the money to spend on the Pixel and you need the kind of hardware it’s packing, you have so many other better options.