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Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel ... high end ultrabook

 Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel ... high end ultrabook
topic by fat_boyy21 - 02-21-2013, 08:39 PM - Boxden > BX Tech


Google Launches $1,299 Chromebook Pixel With 2560×1700 3:2 12.85″ Touchscreen, Core i5 CPU, 1TB Of Google Drive Storage & Optional LTE
























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After a few weeks of rumors, Google just announced the latest device in its Chromebook lineup: the Chromebook Pixel. Unlike previous Chromebook versions, the Pixel is aimed at power users who fully live in the cloud. The device features an impressive array of hardware specs. It has a 12.85 inch high-density 2560×1700 screen (that’s 4.3 million pixels) with a 3:2 aspect ratio, an Intel Core i5 processor and a whopping 1 terabyte of free storage on Google Drive for three years.

Google will also soon launch a version with a built-in LTE radio and has partnered with Verizon to offer 100 MB/month for two years of mobile broadband and with GoGo to offer 12 free in-flight Wi-Fi sessions.

The Pixel’s screen, which is obviously the highlight of the device, features a pixel density of 239 pixels per inch. That’s a bit higher than the 220 pixels/inch on the Macbook Pro with a Retina display, so Google proudly notes that its laptop “has the highest pixel density of any laptop display.”

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The basic Wi-Fi version of the Pixel will retail for $1,299 in the U.S. and £1,049 in the U.K. The Pixel is now available on Google Play and will also be available at select Best Buy locations in the U.S. and Currys PC World in the U.K. tomorrow. The LTE version ($1,449) will ship in the U.S. in April. The other difference between the LTE and Wi-Fi models is that the LTE version will ship with a 64GB solid-state drive and the Wi-Fi version will only have 32GB.

Google did not disclose who its hardware partners are, but the company did say that the device is being a$sembled in Taiwan.

“I think the hardware shines,” Google VP Sundar Pichai said at a press event in San Francisco today. Google, Pichai stressed, wanted to build a device for power users who live in the cloud. “There’s a set of users who are really committed to living completely in the cloud,” he said, and Google wanted to build the perfect laptop for them.

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The first thing users will definitely notice when they first open the Pixel is the screen. Not only does it have a very high resolution, but it also features a relatively unusual aspect ration of 3:2. According to Pichai, the reason for this was that Google looked at what people would do with this device, and given that the web still focuses on content that is meant to be displayed horizontally, the design team decided to discard the idea of a screen with the more typical 16:10 resolution and went with 3:2.

The screen, Google says, includes a 0.55mm layer of touch-enabled Gorilla Glass fused directly to the screen. Google says this screen “gives you smooth interactions while preserving picture clarity” and after some hands-on time with the device, Google definitely isn’t exaggerating the quality of the screen, which definitely measures up to Apple’s Retina displays.

Google also stressed that this is a very premium device (something that’s obviously reflected in the price). Pichai, for example, noted that the piano hinge has the feel of a “very premium car door” and the team added rounded corners to the aluminum body to make it feel better when you hold it. Google also stressed that it redesigned numerous components and often had to resort to designing its own parts to meet its specs. The team, for example, added a third microphone to the device so it not only cancels out background noise, but also the noise you make yourself when you type on the keyboard (the Pixel has a 720p webcam for Google Hangouts and other video chats, too).

chromebook_pixel

Despite the premium price and components, Pichai stressed that the overall philosophy behind the Chromebook project hasn’t changed. The Pixel, however, is meant for power users. “We also wanted to design something very premium for power users – people who spend money on their laptops,” he said at today’s presentation. 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.”

Chrome itself, of course, has also been optimized for touch, which Pichai believes will soon be on every laptop. The menus are now larger and easier to click on with your fingers.

Asked about how the Pixel compares to the Macbook Air, Pichai noted that the Pixel has a higher resolution and a touch screen, something Apple doesn’t currently offer – especially on a 12-inch device.

The price, of course, definitely puts the Pixel in a premium category and it remains to be seen how the market will react to it. It is, no doubt, the best Chromebook on the market today and the hardware, including the fit and finish of the device, is very impressive. At $1,299 for the basic version, though, some potential buyers may decide to opt for a premium Apple laptop or Ultrabook instead.

Here are the full hardware specs:

Pixel_back_angle_whiteINPUTS
Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
Backlit Chrome keyboard
Fully clickable, etched-glass touchpad
HD Webcam


SCREEN
12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
400 nit screen
178° extra-wide viewing angle


DIMENSIONS
297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm

3.35lb / 1.52kg



PORTS
2 x USB 2.0
mini-display port
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC


INNARDS
Intel® Core™ i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)


4 GB DDR3 RAM


32 GB solid state drive (64 GB for LTE model)


AUDIO

Headphone/microphone jack
Built-in microphone array
Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
Powerful speakers tuned for clarity


INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Active cooling with no visible vents
Machined from anodized aluminum



ENERGY STAR® certified



BATTERY
Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)


NETWORK
Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
Bluetooth® 3.0

GOODIES
One terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage, free for 3 years
12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet

100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless (LTE model). Carrier terms and conditions apply.

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19 comments for "Google Introduces the Chromebook Pixel ... high end Chromebook"


 02-21-2013, 09:06 PMaway - #2
fat_boyy21 249 heat pts249

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 02-21-2013, 09:12 PMaway - #3
purpleaxxe 111 heat pts111

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too much for that os.
 02-21-2013, 09:33 PMaway - #4
fat_boyy21 249 heat pts249

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Originally Posted by purpleaxxe
too much for that os.



I think you're right...maybe if they had ms office apps.
 02-21-2013, 09:51 PMaway - #5
HeyCobra 7 heat pts

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are they ever gonna make one bigger than 12 or 13 inch, ####s to small i need atleast 15 if im gonna buy one

edit that price is retarded

Last edited by HeyCobra; 02-21-2013 at 09:54 PM..
 02-21-2013, 09:53 PMaway - #6
Drone 40 heat pts40

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Macbook Pro is 13inch and I think it is just fine.
 02-21-2013, 10:28 PMaway - #7
Zaosyn 255 heat pts255

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I think Google needs to leave that alone and stick to making affordable ####.
 02-21-2013, 10:59 PMaway - #8
ThePainkiller 302 heat pts302

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 02-21-2013, 11:57 PMaway - #9
WalmartRollback 3 heat pts

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wtf @ the price though
 02-22-2013, 01:00 AMaway - #10
Tony Tracksuits 182 heat pts182

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1200 in canada .. bahahahahah no one wil buy a browser for 1200-1400 ... my tech buddy who is also a boxden member who knows his #### says this thing should be 400-600 max
 02-22-2013, 10:07 AMaway - #11
BBhiphop 247 heat pts247

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looks good, but too pricey + I dont like the aspect ratio at all
 02-22-2013, 11:14 AMaway - #12
nyc 1 heat pts

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looks like a brick
 02-22-2013, 11:24 AMaway - #13
fat_boyy21 249 heat pts249

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Originally Posted by Mma604
1200 in canada .. bahahahahah no one wil buy a browser for 1200-1400 ... my tech buddy who is also a boxden member who knows his #### says this thing should be 400-600 max
I doubt its that cheap.. Screens are expensive. Post the msrp prices of some of the components
 02-22-2013, 12:20 PMaway - #14
Patrick Galooly 7 heat pts

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 02-25-2013, 10:48 PMaway - #15
Patrick Galooly 7 heat pts

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 02-26-2013, 09:22 AMaway - #16
quintosis03 3 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Patrick Galooly
Originally Posted by Patrick Galooly
i was like wtf, this is stupid. but once dude broke it down i see what google is doing. the screen looks amazing. has anyone here used chrome os before?
 03-01-2013, 08:31 AMaway - #17
Tabasco 

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I use the Chrome OS daily its ok but I hate the fact that to fully use it you must have an internet connection...played with the Pixel a few days ago...its actually pretty nice. Its a good start and they can only go up from here
 03-01-2013, 01:05 PMaway - #18
Scoop 9 heat pts

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i think it looks ####ing sick but

 03-02-2013, 09:58 AMaway - #19
PhrozenMenace 

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decent specs but no thanks
 03-02-2013, 10:01 AMaway - #20
Y.G. 22 heat pts22

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Originally Posted by ThePainkiller


Who wants these when you can't do #### without being connected to the internet?
 
 


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