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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 semiconshawn on 2/21/2013 5:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
The cloud? Ever try and upload or retrieve 50Gb of data from the cloud. Hell just upload a 16gb flash drive from your camera and let me know how that goes for you.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By semiconshawn on 2/21/2013 6:06:51 PM , Rating: 5
No I am talking right now. Go upload 16gb to the cloud and tell me how that works. TODAY not 10 years ago. Streaming is not the same as working with files over the cloud on a typical async broadband connect. Streaming works for most people because they have a fat download pipe and a skinny upload pipe. Streaming is one way. File and data management/use requires bandwidth both ways. The vast majority of the country/world just doesn't have that yet. That is not 10 years ago that is today. By the time most people could use this as intended it will be beyond obsolete. The test network google is building in that lucky town would be great for this....5 years in the future maybe we all can have that. Maybe. Right now we stream heavily compressed video and audio and think its fast internet. Business's do cloud because they have just what Im talking about very fast and very expensive connects.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:19:52 PM , Rating: 3
You think 32/64GB is plenty of space?

My iPhone 4S has that much in 2011, 64GB total. And I'm running out of all that storage now.

Cloud storage sounds nice and all... just wait until you receive your next wireless/home broadband bill. And there is a reason to not use the cloud for mass storage - do you honestly think you'll get 5-9's reliability and uptime?

You are still an idiot.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By ritualm on 2/21/2013 6:48:47 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The Chromebook is obviously not built around storing terabytes of data on it locally. Duh! What mobile device is?

The Chromebook is not a tablet or smartphone. It's a laptop.

Game over, you lose.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 7:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Only few laptops have the capacity of 1TB. Most newer ones have a SSD in the size of 128GB, which gives you most often <80GB free space.
According to your logic this makes those laptops useless. But people still buy it.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
By rangerdavid on 2/21/2013 11:08:13 PM , Rating: 5

YOU TWO GET A ROOM ALREADY.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By GotThumbs on 2/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Alexvrb on 2/23/2013 9:37:43 PM , Rating: 1
And one major Google Worshipper. Google can do no wrong. Purge the unfaithful, brother. You're rapidly becoming as bad as an Apple diehard, although Googlebots in general are starting to sound like Tony Swash nowadays.

Maybe if you ripped out the storage and tossed in a 128GB SSD... and installed Ubuntu... You know come to think of it just buy an Ultrabook. You can still install an unshackled flavor of Linux if you want.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By GotThumbs on 2/22/2013 9:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, You come off at the idiot IMO.

Loading your phone with games, pointless "APPS", hundreds of photos and music is something only a disorganized fool would do IMO.

Simply off-load the photos to you homeserver or backup device. Don't have either? So if your phone gets destroyed/damaged, don't you then risk losing all that information?

I can't speak of Apples Phones, but Android phones can be set to use wireless over your cells data plan when available. Since my work has open and secured WiFi, I don't have any data usage issues. Just try and think 3 dimensional and not only 2 dimensional.

It's your choice and you should accept that not everyone is going to agree with your thoughts/opinions.

The Chrome Pixel does have merit and appears to be a quality product designed to offer a quality screen/components. Cloud computing is still a valid idea and I think many just need to think more about having a personal cloud, as opposed to only using Google's or Apples Cloud.

Apple's TOA specifies that Apple can cancel your account and delete all your content, without recourse. Read your TOA if you don't believe me.

Best wishes


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Alexvrb on 2/23/2013 9:50:42 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, some guy uses a device differently than prescribed in The Book of Google! That means he's wrong and a fool! Set him on fire!
quote:
It's your choice and you should accept that not everyone is going to agree with your thoughts/opinions.
Exactly. Take some of your own advice - this solution isn't for everyone, and loading their device with software and media is their choice. Maybe it works better for them?

The big boys and their lightning fast LTE networks aren't free. They also aren't unlimited. I happen to think Cloud storage and processing is great - when it is complimentary to offline usage. Large amounts of offline storage greatly reduce bandwidth needs. Also many non-media things can't be streamed well, and must be transferred locally first to perform as expected. But a Chromebook probably isn't going to handle that kind of workload anyway so I guess it doesn't matter.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By semiconshawn on 2/21/2013 6:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
Paragraphs on a tech comment. Blow me. You cannot store crap on a 32gb ssd. Doesnt matter who makes it. I couldnt even download my video camera to 32gb. Let alone upload it in a reasonable amount of time. Its crap. You should go buy it. It was made for you.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Arkive on 2/22/2013 11:37:10 AM , Rating: 2
I rarely agree with Reclaimer but amidst his name-calling he isn't making terrible points. If you think the cloud is designed to store enormous amounts of data, it isn't (yet). That's what personal NAS and storage at your home is for. Maybe one day the cloud and our local ISP's will be in alignment for that type of storage, but currently it's not and you need stop blaming this Chromebook for not magically enabling that ability. It does what it sets out to do - Provide a viable laptop experience with all the necessary connectivity, and with any luck provide competition that will effect pricing of more mainstream choices in the favor of the consumer.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
You can work offline with the Chromebook, no need to upload 16GB to the cloud!


By NellyFromMA on 2/22/2013 12:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
He's not entirely wrong. Take the following from soemone with plenty of enterprise cloud experience.

Streaming an HD movie clockign in at leats say 50GB and utilizing remote resources also totalling 50GB is NOT COMPARABLE.

Why? Because STREAMING time-based content vs needing to pull files down locally are night and day. Streaming and Syncing are not equal.

Also, the cloud is a NIGHTMARE. Just saying.

Maybe if we had South Korea's infrastructure but in America, you will see limited use for awhile. For streaming content, great.

Large file sync? No thanks.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By LelandHendrix on 2/23/2013 9:53:45 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but the other guy is right,

Yes, I do stream HD video constantly to my AppleTV, from Netflix and iTunes Store. I use iTunes Match and stream my music to iOS devices I'm the car...every time I drive.

So yes, in some ways The Cloud has materialized.

But the guy is talking about UPLOADING 16GB of data, today.

And today, most people's broadband accounts can only UPLOAD at about ONE FIFTH to even ONE TENTH of their download speeds. We are talking about poking along at LESS THAN A MEGABIT to commit user data to the cloud.

It's a real PITA. We may have arrived at *the cloud* for consumption, but work and productivity ALL via the cloud is simply out of reach for a vast number of us. I'd even estimate half of all broadband users across the USA are in similar circumstances,


By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2013 10:02:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
But the guy is talking about UPLOADING 16GB of data, today.


Who does that? When is the last time any of us had to do that on a consistent basis? Why would you!?

The "other guy" is some little kid, who apparently doesn't know what NAS's or file servers is. And I guess he copies his entire media collection to each device he uses, going by his argument. So his phones, tablets, laptops etc etc ALL have untold gigs and gigs of his media collection on them apparently. Can we say retarded? There are far better and more efficient ways of doing things!

Again, nobody is saying move everything to "the cloud" so you can use a Chromebook. But that's the entire premise of his argument. Sure if you go by his premise, he's "right", but the premise is false so it invalidates his entire argument.


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By UpSpin on 2/21/2013 6:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Why should I upload 16GB of photos if I can store them on the Chromebook?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXPNeX5-by8

And btw: What file has 50GB and has a practical use?


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/21/2013 7:10:42 PM , Rating: 1
Hot damn!

Someone please remind me to never get into another pissing match with Reclaimer :)


RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/13, Rating: -1
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/21/2013 8:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
I found the whole thing rather humorous myself.


By semiconshawn on 2/21/2013 8:25:42 PM , Rating: 1
You are such a loser. Insults On the Internet. What a pussy.


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