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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Umm....the hardware's decent, but...
2/22/2013 10:36:46 AM
Chromebooks have never made sense. Why would you buy something that runs one program-Chrome (not even my web browser of choice) when for the same price you can get an actual PC that runs whatever you want (including Chrome, if that's your thing)?
At least it made some sort of vague sense at $200, but over $1000?!? For a device that runs...a web browser?
I continue to not understand why these things aren't just running Android anyway. Since Android allows programs to be installed separately from Google Play, I'd consider it a real (if right now kind of dippy) PC OS. At least a device like this running Android would make some kind of sense to me...
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