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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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By tayb on 2/21/2013 11:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
We define reality based on reality. This is being compared to a rMBP because it is in the same price range as a rMBP and similar hardware. Anyone who considers this laptop would shop around for alternatives and without a doubt find the rMBP. No one considering a rMBP would consider the Pixel for the same reason no one else is considering the Pixel so I actually agree with you on that front. There is a reason this is being widely mocked all across the tech sphere.

rMbP = Pixel + Superior Hardware + Superior OS. I find it beyond silly that this is even an argument especially on a site that just absolutely blasted Apple for such a ridiculously overpriced laptop. Every computer has Chrome OS, it's called the Chrome browser. Hell even the Nexus 10 with a keyboard is an improvement due to the app selection. Hey, it has Chrome, Drive, Gmail, and a high res screen too...

If I had more time or even a slight hint of giving a damn I would go through your comments and find the ones where you blast Apple about the rMBP and post them here just for the fun of it.


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