Google’s Chromebook Pixel is official and expensive at $1,299
| by Nikhil Subramaniam |
Google today announced the much-talked-about Chromebook Pixel, the first Chrome OS notebook to be designed by Google from the ground up. We had reported a few days ago that a Google touchscreen Chromebook was on the way, but we didn’t expect it to arrive so quickly.
The Pixel goes on sale from today for a stratospheric price of $1,299 (Approx Rs 65,000) for the Wi-Fi-only variant and $1,449 ((Approx Rs 75,000)) for the LTE-ready model. That puts it directly in competition with some of the most premium Ultrabooks as well as Apple’s Macbook offerings.
The Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch display with a 2560 x 1700 resolution
The biggest feature of the Chromebook pixel is the display. Like Apple's Retina-class notebooks, this one is protected by Gorilla Glass, but Google has managed to one-up the Retina Macbook Pro with a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio. This, Google claims, is the highest resolution display that's ever shipped on a laptop. “You'll never ever see another pixel in your life,” The Verge cited Chrome VP Sundar Pichai as saying.
Google is obviously trying to attract developers to port Android and iOS apps to its web-based OS. The company showed off some new apps for the Chrome OS and gave a preview of some of the upcoming features. It also demoed a new Google+ app that allows users to upload photos straight from the SD card to Google Drive.
The Chromebook Pixel has a hefty price tag
However, the high-res screen and the CPU power do have an adverse effect on the battery life. Google is quoting a five-hour battery life, which is possibly how long it runs under very ideal circumstances.
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