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Google Announces $1300 Touchscreen Chrome Laptop

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The rumors were true!

Just today we heard rumors that Google was planning a touchscreen Chrome notebook to add to its Chrome OS line of computers. The rumors, stemming from a Wall Street Journal report, offered no indication beyond 'this year' as far as a release date was concerned. However, we now know exactly when this laptop is going to launch, because Google itself has let the cat out of the bag.

 

The company announced the Chromebook Pixel via the official Chrome blog this afternoon and the touchscreen functionality is not the only difference. While previous iterations of the Chromebook have been very competitively priced, this one costs quite a bit. Priced at just under $1,300, the Chromebook Pixel packs 4.3 million pixels into a 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 display for a PPI of 239. Google boasts that this is the highest pixel density of any laptop on the market today.

Display aside, the laptop runs on an Intel Core i5 processor (dual core, clocked to 1.8GHz) with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4 GB DDR3 RAM
32 GB Solid State Drive with 1TB of free cloud storage (though it's only good for three years), 2 x USB 2.0 ports, HD Webcam, a clickable glass trackpad, a backlit keyboard, dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, Bluetooth 3.0 and optional LTE.

Though it's nice to see the Chrome product line evolving, we're not sure the public opinion of the cloud has reached the point where people are willing to spend $1300-$1500 on a laptop that more or less requires a constant internet connection. That said, if you're all about the cloud, the Pixel is available to buy today on Google Play and will hit BestBuy.com in the near future. The WiFi version will cost $1,299 and will start shipping next week. The LTE version will ship in the U.S. in April and is priced at $1,449.

Check out the Pixel in action in the video below:

Chromebook Pixel

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    WhyFi , February 21, 2013 6:36 PM
    I'm gonna pass on that...
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    Au_equus , February 21, 2013 6:40 PM
    2560x1700~3:2 Even with the high res screen, there are no specs saying that this should cost in excess of $700-800. 32gb ssd, i5, 4gb ram, and no discrete gpu
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    hobbit25 , February 21, 2013 6:44 PM
    I don't really understand who this is being marketed for. Who would purchase a laptop this expensive only to be locked into one of the most restricted operating systems. While the hardware looks good, I don't see the purpose of a device like this.
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  • 20 Hide
    WhyFi , February 21, 2013 6:36 PM
    I'm gonna pass on that...
  • 20 Hide
    Au_equus , February 21, 2013 6:40 PM
    2560x1700~3:2 Even with the high res screen, there are no specs saying that this should cost in excess of $700-800. 32gb ssd, i5, 4gb ram, and no discrete gpu
  • 13 Hide
    xpeh , February 21, 2013 6:40 PM
    So I can only have my data for 3 years? No thanks. Maybe if you can swap the SSD and install Windows, it might be worthwhile.
  • 15 Hide
    hobbit25 , February 21, 2013 6:44 PM
    I don't really understand who this is being marketed for. Who would purchase a laptop this expensive only to be locked into one of the most restricted operating systems. While the hardware looks good, I don't see the purpose of a device like this.
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    jimmyjohnz , February 21, 2013 6:47 PM
    Holy shit, I said $600 would be a good price, not >double that, Google.
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 6:56 PM
    Insanely stupid.
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    COLGeek , February 21, 2013 7:03 PM
    Nice display. Terrible cost. I don't see too many of these getting purchased at these prices.
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    robochump , February 21, 2013 7:07 PM
    Google is pushing the design from Apple, its a shade greyer...lol. I am a little disappointed Google was not more original in design though I have no doubt it will be a solid product since Google is a quality company.
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    bllue , February 21, 2013 7:17 PM
    High price tag, weak specs for the price, limited storage (the 3 year cloud is a joke btw). Pass
  • 14 Hide
    Memnarchon , February 21, 2013 7:18 PM
    For $1200 you can get a laptop with i7 cpu, 8GB RAM, and a decent GPU (like 660M or 7870M) and 1080p Screen at newegg. Who will buy the Chromebook?
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    samwelaye , February 21, 2013 7:23 PM
    I'd totally buy this if you could install ubuntu or windows on it! Looks like a great little system and im loving the vertical resolution!
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 7:24 PM
    "2560x1700~3:2 Even with the high res screen, there are no specs saying that this should cost in excess of $700-800. 32gb ssd, i5, 4gb ram, and no discrete gpu"

    I agree that $1300 seems a bit much even with the nice display considering how small the ssd is and only having 4 GB of ram. I'm guessing it is an ultrabook and has mostly ultrabook parts though I didn't see any thunderbolt connector nor USB3. I'm not sure why you would want a discrete GPU for a chromebook. It would add little to the product except cutting your battery life by a 1/3.
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    samwelaye , February 21, 2013 7:26 PM
    MemnarchonFor $1200 you can get a laptop with i7 cpu, 8GB RAM, and a decent GPU (like 660M or 7870M) and 1080p Screen at newegg. Who will buy the Chromebook?


    Those are both 17" laptops, these are ~13... You cant compare them
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    dalethepcman , February 21, 2013 7:34 PM
    Does full motion video even play on this without stuttering? I don't think Intel's IGP was made for that resolution... On the plus side, its about time someone made a better display for pc's.

    To everyone complaining about the price, even at that cost its actually not too bad considering that you all seem to be missing the part of the article where they stated "Touch Screen." This is the highest resolution touchscreen in production.

    With two USB 3 ports and mini display port, as long as the XenApp receiver works properly, this would be an outstanding business machine. I would certainly need a large sd card for media storage though.
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    wemakeourfuture , February 21, 2013 7:57 PM
    LOL
    And you guys think Apple over charges? ROFL
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    IAmVortigaunt , February 21, 2013 8:02 PM
    Who would buy this thing? 32gb of storage, doesn't run local software? It's basically a web access device...that's costs $1300. Meanwhile, a Windows laptop can be gotten for much cheaper that does all this thing can do, in addition to running games, playing disc-based media, etc. 2560x1700 display? That's great but...where's the content that's designed for this? Not only that, but where is this content coming from? The web? There's no Bluray drive, basically no local storage. Can't imagine many people are ripping Blurays to the cloud, as that would take forever. Plus, the aspect ratio isn't even HD. Can't imagine many websites are optimized for 2560x1700 either. So exactly what's the point of this?
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    InvalidError , February 21, 2013 8:05 PM
    dalethepcmanDoes full motion video even play on this without stuttering? I don't think Intel's IGP was made for that resolution...

    Even the Core2Duo has enough processing power to decode 1080p h264 without hardware acceleration so this should be a breeze for i5 and QuickSync decode.

    But $1300 for an ultrabook-like device with cloud-based OS? No thanks.
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    dalethepcman , February 21, 2013 8:17 PM
    Invalid: You would have a point, but the core2duo's CPU performance has nothing to do with the VIDEO performance of the 4000 series IGP, additionally this is nearly three times the pixels of a 1080P screen.

    Vortigaunt: the point is to push the industry forward. I am sick of 1024x 768 resolution web pages.
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    back_by_demand , February 21, 2013 8:26 PM
    Good points:-
    - High screen resolution

    Bad points:-
    - Only 32Gb SSD
    - No USB 3.0

    The video says they started on the project 2 years ago and apart from the screen the technology predates the start of the project, even if it was competatively priced it would enter into the low-to-mid range at best and certainly not the "best product they could make"
    ...
    A computer is a means to an end and if Google think that offering something that runs Chrome that doesn't have the integrated products of Windows or Apple, but charging an obscene premium for yesterdays hardware, they must think we are as stupid as their hardware team
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    Memnarchon , February 21, 2013 8:28 PM
    samwelayeThose are both 17" laptops, these are ~13...

    So there is one more thing not to buy the chromebook. Thank you for spotting it.

    samwelayeYou cant compare them

    Both of them are in the mobile pc segment that can be used for fun or work. Both of them want your (same amount of) money. Yes we can compare them.
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