Google Chromebook Pixel with Retina-like touchscreen announced

Credit: Google

Well, that didn't take too long: earlier this month, a leaked video revealed Google's Chromebook Pixel prematurely, and today, the company made its supercharged notebook official.

Unlike the typical $300 Chromebooks currently available, the Pixel is a $1,299 notebook aimed at power users. It's got a 12.85-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen display (2560 x 1700 resolution) with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD storage, 1TB of complimentary Google Drive storage for three years, five hours worth of battery and Wi-Fi. As for inputs, the Chromebook Pixel has two USB 2.0 ports (no USB 3.0), a Mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, headphone jack, HD webcam and glass trackpad. A higher-specced 4G LTE model will cost $1,449 and come with 64GB of SSD storage and two years of LTE (100MB per month) on Verizon.

Everything from the aluminum body, the "piano hinge," and the hidden vent design were deliberately chosen to give the Pixel a "premium" feel. Of course, the centerpiece of the Pixel is its high resolution display, which Google says "has the highest pixel density of any laptop display." At 239 pixels per inch, the Pixel just barely edges out the MacBook Pro with Retina display's 220 pixels per inch.

But at those kinds of prices, who exactly would buy a Pixel over a MacBook Air or Ultrabook? According to Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Chrome, the Pixel is built for "users who are committed to living completely in the cloud." If you ask us, that's an extremely niche market. While the cloud has grown increasingly important for many users, it's still a rarity to find anyone who trusts the cloud entirely for all their computing needs.

Google is already selling the 3.35 pound Pixel online in the Google Play Store with delivery in "3-5 business days" and at select Best Buy stores.

Chromebook Pixel, via TechCrunch

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