Google’s Chromebook Pixel was largely considered an unusual, experimental machine when it launched two years ago. It has pretty amazing hardware, but it was too expensive for what Chrome OS could offer.
New Chromebook launched
Now Google has just launched a quicker, cheaper Chromebook for just $999. It has a similar all-metal design as the previous model, but now comes with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a tiny 32GB SSD.
It is of course much more expensive than just about every other Chromebook you can buy today, but there’s nothing else like this one.
There is also a more advanced LS version that comes with an Intel Core i7 chip, plus 16 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage – priced at $1,300.
The screen is unchanged from last year’s model – with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,700 and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and touch sensitive too.
The laptop is one of the few available today that has USB Type-C (just like the new MacBook) which handles charging, data and video. Google however includes two ports, rather than the one found in Apple’s machine.
Despite all the power and great display, Google claims that the new Chromebook achieves 12 hours of battery for average use at medium brightness levels. When you have to recharge it, because it uses USB C’s high power mode it can provide two hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.
Google is selling the Chromebook Pixel from its new online Google Store, where it’s also offering all sorts of other branded products. The online store arrives at the same time as the company’s first physical store, which was unveiled in London earlier today.
What do you think of the Chromebook Pixel? Does it have enough power (and storage space), and how does it compare to the new svelte MacBook? Let us know in the comments…