Chromebooks were supposed to be a low-cost alternative to notebooks with an emphasis on speed, a bootup experience that was fast and plugged directly into the Chrome browser, and an emphasis on cloud computing. Notebooks have since fallen out of the spotlight, and tablets and Ultrabooks ended up overshadowing them.
So, can the Chromebook be innovative again? There's a chance.
While all Chromebooks released thus far have been built by Google's PC partners — Samsung and Asus, to name two — the company's never built its own notebooks. That could change soon, if a new "leaked" video revealing a concept Chromebook called "Pixel" is to be believed.
The Pixel concept video was first discovered by developer François Beaufort, who claims hackers stole it from Slinky, an agency that's previously done work for Google. The video was posted online and pulled off, but not before it was uploaded to mirror sites.
Beaufort says the only info he knows about the Google-designed Chromebook is that it'll have a touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700. For comparison's sake, that's higher than the 2560 x 1600 resolution on Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, but lower than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display's 2880 x 1800 resolution.
As many publications are saying, the video could be real, or it could be a well-made concept and nothing more. But if there's one shred of hope that the Chromebook Pixel is a real product, it's that Slinky's CEO Victor Koch confirmed their website was hacked and apologizes "for the fact that many projects have been shown previously."
Meanwhile, The Verge suggests we may hear more about it (again, if it's real) at this year's Google I/O in May.