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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 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
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.

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