Touch-Screen "Pixel" Chromebook Takes Aim at Retina MacBook Pros
February 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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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. (
) 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. (
) 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
. Similar to
the smaller Retina MacBook Pro
(13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600) from Apple, Inc. (
), 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.
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.
[2; via Engadget]
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RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
2/21/2013 6:14:58 PM
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.
RE: "The mob is fickle, brother..."
2/22/2013 3:24:24 AM
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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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