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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: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Flunk on 2/21/2013 4:46:58 PM , Rating: 5
The problem is not the competition, it's that ChromeOS really is a bad idea. An OS that is only a web browser is very limiting.

RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/2013 5:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
An OS that is only a web browser is very limiting.

For right now today? Yes.

However it's barely 4 years old. Google constantly impresses me with their foresight. They saw back then that things were moving to the cloud, that entrenched beliefs on how things "had to be done" were changing.

When you really sit down and examine all the things you do online today, that were once things you absolutely had to do with installed software in the past, it's simple to see where Google is going with this.

So I say hey, let's see how far Google can push it. Let's see how far a platform can go based entirely around cloud computing. What's so wrong with that?

RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
Because, Reclaimer77, buying one of these Chromebook Pixel's is like buying a Tesla Model S with every upgrade option imaginable... only to have it sit inside your house 24/7 doing absolutely nothing.

RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: 0
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
Your arguments make no sense.

Overpriced, underspec'ed, underpowered, paired with what is essentially a web browser at its core? If you think this is a good thing then I have a bridge in Alaska I'd loooooooooooooove to sell to you.

By blue_urban_sky on 2/22/2013 3:24:24 AM , Rating: 2
His argument did make sense, you may not agree but those two things are different.

As for overpriced and under powered, The first is subjective unless you mean based on component costs. Like saying Apple products are overpriced.

The second, and you really only had the two points there, is muted by the fact that apparently it only has to run "what is essentially a web browser at its core".

I lived in Japan almost 10 years ago and I had in my rubbish apartment 100/100Mbs fibre. So a cloud based OS may be a viable product for some people and I think it is an interesting direction to take.

By fteoath64 on 2/28/2013 4:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
Put Ubuntu 12.10 on this laptop and be done with it!. I am very surprised that Google people have not made this an alternative boot. But alas, with only 32GB or 64GB of SSD, there is not much room for dual OS. Ubuntu does cloud services as good if not better than other OSes.
For the price of this thing, I am shocked it did NOT have 256GB of SSD!. Arrrh!.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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