Google answer to Apple’s Mac Book : The Chromebook Pixel
After much speculation for weeks, Google finally launched it’s new addition to the Chromebook series with the Chromebook Pixel. Said to be specifically aimed at users who basically live on the cloud as Google offers an impressive 1TB of Google Drive space for the users for 3 years. For the first time, Google incorporates a touch-screen in the Chromebook, making the user experience even more brilliant with the 12.85 inch high-density 2560×1700 screen (that’s 4.3 million pixels) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Priced at $1,299 for the WiFi version and $1,499 for the LTE version, this device comes with an Intel Core i5 processor and 32GB & 64GB of flash storage respectively and 4GB of RAM.
Aimed at making it the best viewing experience, the Pixel’s screen, the highlight of the device, features a pixel density of 239 ppi. That’s a bit higher than the 220 ppi on the MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Hence Google flaunts this device by calling it the laptop with “the highest pixel density and the best screen yet”. Designed and built for what Google refers to as “power users” – a segment of users who are willing to pay a greater price and get the best there is in the market.
Apple does have a cheaper, lighter laptop, the MacBook Air. A 13-inch model with 128 GB of storage starting at $1,199.But, Google believes that Pixel has a better value than the Air, given its higher-resolution screen with touch controls. According to Sundar Pichai, Senior VP, Chrome OS, the Pixel will stand up very, very well to the MacBook Air and the goal here is to push the boundaries to deliver the best laptop at the best possible price. Calling it the future of laptops, Pichai stressed that despite the premium price and components, the overall philosophy behind the Chromebook project hasn’t changed. The idea behind Chrome, Google says, “has always been to minimize the ‘chrome’ of the browser. In much the same way, the goal of the Pixel is to make the pixels disappear, giving people the best web experience.
Google definitely has put in a lot into ‘ The Pixel’, but it expects to make a small profit on each Pixel sold, as the company figures to make more money from the online traffic delivered from the machines. Only time will tell whether the Pixel will live up to it’s name and make a strong stand against competitors like the Windows Surface and Apple’s MacBook and the iPad.
Google Chromebook Pixel technical specifications
- 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
- 2560×1700 at 239 PPI
- Intel Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
- Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- One terabyte Google Drive cloud storage for three years
- 32GB solid state drive (64GB on LTE model)
- Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen
- Backlit Chrome keyboard
- Clickable, etched-glass touchpad
- Integrated 720p HD camera
- Combo headphone/mic jack
- Built-in microphone array
- 2 x USB 2.0
- mini display port
- SD / MMC card reader
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Built-in LTE modem (LTE model)
- Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)