Google Announces Chromebook Pixel, Takes Aim at Apple’s MacBook


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.

Via: Google

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  • Brandon Hash

    no one is gonna spend that kind of money for a computer with an OS as limited as ChromeOS

    you can get a laptop good enough to game on at that price

    and seriously, what’s with it looking basically like a more square macbook?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, they seem to have got it all wrong with pricing.

      I think the Chromebook sell currently because they are cheap. At this price, you want more that just the Chrome OS.

    • key

      never used ChromeOS – can i download it and have it run on my Mac like Parallels ? computer packs some serious hardware in there, but I’m so accustomed to MacOS i’d rather stick with it

      • Brandon Hash

        just install google chrome, there you go that’s basically what you get with the OS. it’s just chrome and everything from the chrome web store

      • Kraken

        Yep, I have a Chrome Virtual machine that runs through VMware player. The entire OS is basically just the web browser. The idea is that everything you need to do can be done through a browser nowadays (music via Pandora, movies via Netflix, office via google docs, games via newgrounds, etc.).

        For the entry level netbooks and non-saavy users who get daily virusus, Chrome makes sense, but why anyone needs a $1300 web browser is beyond me…

  • Doctor Paco

    Like Brandon said, I’d buy a gaming laptop instead.

  • Rounak Jain

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, seriously Google what were you thinking?

  • HP Touchpad

    They are smoking crack to think someone would go to a 3rd OS for that price… an OS which most likely doesn’t support most of the applications needed… if there is a pixel google play app market which becomes very robust, sure, maybe.. .but without the software infrastructure this thing will be a blip… hopefully we can get some clearance $300 hardware when its discontinued and we can install Windows or Linux on it!

    • Kevin Johansson

      Nonono i want osx!!! (hackintosh)

  • James

    I’m sure you can run windows 8 on it somehow but built in LTE & touch screen is pretty neat but $1,300 come on . I’m looking for a powerful laptop and my budget is around $1,800 max . I want a i7 , 8gb of ram , blu ray , 1tb of hdd space or 256 ssd , 2gb video card and touchscreen Dell and HP is the only one to offer what I want for my money if I spend in the thousands it better be releavent atleast two years or more

  • Sai Thant

    Chrome Book…… Design inspired by Mac-book Pro. Very funny :D