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February 22, 2013

Google introduces Chromebook Pixel, 2560×1700 laptop

Remember the leaked video of the Chromebook Pixel that we reported? We didn’t expect it to arrive anytime soon. Rather, we didn’t even think of it to be real, but yet here it is for all to see.

This is Google’s own laptop, comparable to their Nexus, Apple’s Macbook and Microsoft’s Surface; this isn’t some third-party hardware running Google’s Chrome OS. The laptop boasts a 12.85-inch 2560 x 1700 touchscreen which will give out a pixel density of 239, easily edging out the Macbook’s Retina Display.

Being a Chromebook, it runs Chrome OS. That means you’ll be relying on the cloud. Upon purcahse, you’ll be given 1TB of space on Google Drive along with 32GB of internal memory. We’re not quite sure if this will be practical at present since at some places, internet is still scarce.

Running the show is a Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM and all the goodies you’ll need. The Google Chromebook Pixel is now available for order at the Play Store, which is sadly still unavailable for the Philippines, for $1,299 (WiFi) and $1,499 (4G, due April). That translates to more than Php57,000.

Google Chromebook Pixel specs:
12.85-inch 3:2 touchscreen (2560×1700, 239 ppi)
1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
Intel HD graphics 4000
4GB DDR3 RAM
32GB SSD (4G model is 64GB)
1TB Google Drive
720p HD camera
2 x USB 2.0
Mini display port
SD / MMC card reader
Backlit keyboard & glass touchpad
59 Wh battery
Chrome OS
297.7 x 224.6 x16.2 mm (dimensions)
1,520g (weight)

Quite expensive for a Chromebook, but it’s a great step for Google entering the laptop business. Maybe this is the push Chrome OS needs.

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13 Responses to “Google introduces Chromebook Pixel, 2560×1700 laptop”

  1. Charlie says:

    57k for a glorified Chrome browser. Who needs a specs and resolution like this kung flash games lang naman malalaro mo. Tapos hindi pa usb 3.0 Why google, why?

    • ikright says:

      looool, un din sinabi ko eh.. bibili ka ng 50k na laptop just for browsing.. lmao! eh di nga ako makalaro ng gw2 jan e, useless for gamers..

  2. berkanoshow says:

    This should be bought and then cleaned in order to be resurrected as a Linux or Windows 8 device (barring scaling issues).

  3. Archie says:

    for me, i think this is just a waste of money. even for some people, they’d pick a fake Chinese android tablet over this any time of day.

  4. don says:

    id rather buy the second hand macbook pro with i7 on it than this.

    the downside is just the hdd. chromebook would never “click” on the ph market kasi ambagal ng internet natin.

  5. Mitee de la Cruz says:

    suddenly the surface pro doesn’t feel overpriced :)

  6. anOnymous says:

    gOOGLe everything

  7. jacob says:

    More than anything, this is a developer device. I mean, who else will buy this thing except those who want to push the OS to its limits. You won;t be doing any pushing with those 10k php chromebooks. The hardware will give up first. But with this, you can actually try to push chrome OS beyond its limits.

    Beyond developers, I don’t expect anyone else to buy this. For that price you can get an MSI gaming laptop with superior specs in everything but the LCD screen (12.85″ 2560×1700 vs 15.6″ 1920×1080).

  8. garz says:

    First-world laptop. First-world price. They say the cloud will be the next thing; I say it’s too unreliable.

    • Iyan Sommerset
      Twitter: iyansommerset
      says:

      Amen to that. Aside from the aforementioned reliance on a 1st-world internet connection, I’d like to have most of my data physically with me and nowhere else, thank you very much.

  9. Techatbp says:

    I cant believe it. sobrang mahal. hehe

    anyway, get your nokia 206 free by clicking my name.

  10. jomps says:

    got this view from TWIT(twit.tv) discussion:
    After enduring +Leo Laporte’s 35 minutes of pessimism towards Google Glass on TWiG (not all undeserved, but more time than he needed to make the point), I’m not really looking forward to another doubt-fest against the Chromebook Pixel on The Tech Guy, TWiT, and TWiG. Yes, $1300 is too much for most people to pay for a laptop that does too little, but it does hint at Google’s strategy. +Tom Merritt, +Sarah Lane, and +iyaz akhtar did a nice job today of expressing most of what +Marques Brownlee explained in this video(http://youtu.be/xU2fB0pQJkA): For Chrome OS to be a success, it needs great web apps — and it’s not likely to get great web apps without inspiring hardware to run them on.

    I think there’s another strategy at play, a +Dan Ariely-inspired theory about the Chromebook that +Leo Laporte might like. I’m guessing that Google would like to make (either themselves or through partners) some nice mid-range Chromebooks in the $500-$800 range to compete squarely against the middle of the Windows market, which isn’t too bullish with Windows 8. Right now, it’s hard to promote those prices when Samsung and Acer have set the price floor for Chromebooks so low. But by putting a high-end $1300 Chromebook on the market, Google (a) gets a lot of media attention, (b) says, “hey Apple, we can do the retina high-end laptop, too,” and (c) blows wide open our psychological predispositions about what we think Chromebooks might be worth.
    - My thoughts exactly.. ;-)

  11. radioactive_balut says:

    Obvious naman that we are not its target market period. I’m not talking about the price but its usage irl.

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