Google announces the £1,049 Chromebook Pixel
The rumours were true after all. :eek:
Source: Google (via Pocket Lint)
Google has revealed its anticipated high-end next-generation Chromebook, known as the Chromebook Pixel.
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps at Google, introduced the new premium Google notebook, which is pitched at the premium Chrome user, with a premium price to match.
"For a user who lives in the cloud, what is the best computer we can design?" was the challenge that Pichai had set to the design team at Google. The result, 2-years in the making, was the Chromebook Pixel.
When asked who'd actually manufactured the Pixel, Pichai was reluctant to disclose who'd physically been involved in the process.
The display is the star of the show, with a high-resolution 2560 x 1700 pixel, 12.85-inch display with a 239ppi pixel resolution. Like Apple's Retina display, the Pixel's display has been designed, in the words of Pichai so that "you never see another pixel in your life."
Sitting at the heart of the Pixel is a dual-core Intel Core i5 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. In terms of graphics, the new Chromebook doesn't have a discrete solution, instead using the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.
There will be two versions of the Chromebook Pixel available, a Wi-Fi version and a 4G LTE version.
The Wi-Fi version of the Chromebook Pixel will have 32GB of SSD storage, the LTE version will have 64GB. Initially the LTE version, in collaboration with Verizon, will only be available in the US. Currently there are no details for bringing the LTE version to the UK.
However, as the Chromebook is designed for those living in the cloud, you'll get 1TB of Google Drive storage for 3-years, which Pichai said was the expected lifetime of the Pixel. Once that 3-years is up, however, you'll then have to pay for that storage or, we guess, buy another Chromebook. In the US Google offers 1TB of cloud storage for $50 per month if you buy it separately. Over three years, you'd spend $1800, giving you an actual saving comparatively.
The battery life is documented as 5+ hours, according to Google's testing.
The Chromebook Pixel will cost you $1449 (from April) for the LTE version. The Wi-Fi only Pixel will set you back $1299 in the US, or £1,049 in the UK.
The Chromebook Pixel will be available to buy from Google Play today, or in Best Buy and PC World stores.