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Google eschews the wedge form factor for a more brick-like design

Most Chromebooks thus far have been rather underpowered hardware-wise, to say the least.  And sales have been modest at best.

But Google Inc. (GOOG) appears eager to push the boundaries of its PC operating system experiment, debuting its first in-house designed Chromebook.  Dubbed the "Pixel", the laptop/Chromebook/ultrathin packs an Intel Corp. (INTC) Core i5 processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics.  4GB of DDR3 memory is also onboard.

The star of the show is a gorgeous 2.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen display.  Similar to the smaller Retina MacBook Pro (13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600) from Apple, Inc. (AAPL), the laptop features a backlit keyboard and hidden speakers.

But Google's Pixel diverges with the Retina MacBook Pro in other ways.  There's a third microphone included, designed to cancel unwanted noise from the keyboard when making video calls.  And Google has gone to great lengths to optimized the touchpad's "feel" and the latching mechanism.
 Pixel Chromebook
While the laptops are similar in maximum thickness (the Google laptop is a hair thicker), they look dramatically different.

A Wi-Fi model of the Pixel ships next week.  It packs 32 GB of NAND flash, along with a 1 TB Google Drive subscription (3-year) and an SD slot for expansion.  The price is $1,299 USD.  In April Google will drop an LTE version, which packs 64 GB of NAND and the same SD/Google Drive perks.  That version will fetch $1,449 USD.

Google's app ecosystem is pretty week, but perhaps its shiny new hardware will attract new developer interest.  Google showed off a slick touch-friendly Google+ app with the launch materials.

Sources: Google [1], [2; via Engadget]

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RE: $$$
By Varun on 2/21/2013 4:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Except it comes with no storage. 32 GB for $1300?

I don't think they are throwing down the gauntlet as much as they are looking foolish. Yes it's a nice looking machine, with decent specs. Due to their own product it's competing against a $299 device.

I mean, other manufacturers also have nice notebooks - the Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch is a darn nice machine and it's got better specs than this with the exception of the resolution.

And the reason widescreen monitors are nice in Windows is that you can run two apps at the same time side by side. This 3:2 res is bizarre.

RE: $$$
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/2013 5:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
Except it comes with no storage. 32 GB for $1300?

You can't get anywhere near that resolution, not even CLOSE, for less than that though. Google didn't make the rules, it's the market that dictated extreme price premiums for high resolution.

I agree the storage sucks, but since ChromeOS is a Cloud Computing concept device, having large amounts of physical storage would be defeating the point. Plus there's USB slots for that anyway.

I mean, other manufacturers also have nice notebooks - the Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch is a darn nice machine and it's got better specs than this with the exception of the resolution.

I totally agree. But again, that's a big exception with that resolution apparently.

Again I'm not making an argument on the spec sheets. I just respect the concept.

RE: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
It comes with 1TB free cloud storage! That's not nothing!

However if you don't use the cloud, then you won't buy this Chromebook, got it?

But people who constantly use cloudstorage on Windows already (those who buy DropBox/Evernote/... subscriptions), might have a good use for a Chromebook.

screen size:
Screens were 4:3 in the past, then 16:10 came and people complained how idiotic it is and how much better 4:3 for word processing is. Then 16:9 came and people complained that it's idiotic and how much better 16:10 is because it gives you more vertical pixels. Now Google moves back and offers 3:2, now people complain and try to defend how much better 16:9 is.
Honestly: 16:10/16:10 is great on a 24" Display because there you can fit two pages side by side and still read the text on it. On a 12" display however, text gets too tiny if you do some text processing. 16:10 is great on a notebook because it makes it handy, but maybe 3:2 is not that much different. And you know what? You still can fit two apps side by side :-)

RE: $$$
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
1TB free cloud storage for 3 years, hah! Kindly tell me how secure it really is to store 1TB of personal data at a place where you have no direct access or control?

RE: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:34:42 PM , Rating: 1
Ask the people who use Evernote/DropBox/Google Drive/MS SkyDrive, and even buy monthly subscriptions.
People use it, people trust it.

Just because it's in the cloud doesn't mean you don't have a physical copy on your desktop computer.
If you have some additional sensitive personal data, you can store it on the Chromebook and don't have to upload it to the cloud.

If you don't use the cloud, or don't trust it, then just ignore it, but don't complain that others want to use it.

RE: $$$
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
People use it, people trust it.

Trust? All it takes is one B&E. Just ask the guy who once had the @mat Twitter handle.

RE: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
Just ask all the people running infected Windows computers who don't even know that they have a trojan on their computer.
The disadvantage of Windows, an advantage of Chrome OS and the cloud.

Your argument: 'all it takes is one B&E' is valid for every computer worldwide.

RE: $$$
By tayb on 2/21/2013 6:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
It comes with 1TB free cloud storage. Good deal! Then after 3 years you pay 8.5 cents a GB per month ($85/month if you're using it all).

I used Google Music when I had an Android phone. It was extremely enjoyable uploading my very meager 3GB collection of music. It only took a couple of days. Of course there is onboard storage but with pictures, music, and movies 32GB is not nearly enough.

This is a product at least a few years ahead.

RE: $$$
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
There are people out there who actively use cloud storage and who currently pay lots of money for such a huge amount of storage. Just compare prices on DropBox.
Here, you get 1TB for 'free'.
After three years, most people buy a new and much better laptop, and if it's only because the battery lost half of its capacity after three years.

I don't understand why people have the desire to suddenly upload their music and movie library to this device.
How about documents? To do some work?

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