Google says its Chromebooks were designed to make computing speedy, simple and secure, and up to now have been very affordable an ideal device for catching up on emails, sharing documents and chatting via Hangouts, and that they’re tremendously grateful to Chromebook partners Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, and HP for their commitment.
They note that momentum has been remarkable: the Samsung Chromebook having been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops every day since it launched 125 days ago in the U.S., and Chromebooks now represent more than 10 percent of notebook sales at Curry’s PC World, the largest electronics retailer in the U.K.
So whats next? Google have announce their newest laptop – the Chromebook Pixel – which they say brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks, explaining that with the Pixel, they’ve set out to rethink all elements of a computer in order to design the best laptop possible, especially for power users who have fully embraced the Cloud, noting that the philosophy of Chrome has always been to minimize the chrome of the browser. In much the same way, the goal of the Pixel is to make the pixels disappear, giving people the best web experience.
This Chromebook 12.85-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1700 display has the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today (Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display have pixel densities of 227 ppi and 220 ppi respectively). Packed with 4.3 million pixels, the Chromebook Pixel’s display is touted an offering sharp text, vivid colors and extra-wide viewing angles, and also trumps the Apple rMBPs with support for touch.
Just 16mm thick, the body of the Pixel is made from an anodized aluminum alloy to create a smooth and durable surface; vents are hidden, screws are invisible and the full-range stereo speakers seamlessly tucked away beneath the backlit keyboard. The touchpad is made from etched glass, analyzed and honed using a laser microscope to ensure precise navigation, and there’s a 720p webcam and a total of three microphones designed to cancel out surrounding noise.
The Chromebook Pixel isowered by a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Processor with 4GB of RAM and a solid state Flash memory architecture, and is claimed to have an industry-leading WiFi range thanks to carefully positioned antennas and dual-band support. Optional long-term evolution (LTE) 4G wireless connectivity is engineered directly into the machine, and the Pixel also comes with 12 free GoGo Inflight Internet passes for those times you need to connect while in the air. It is available with either 32 or 64GB of solid state storage, along with one terabyte of Google Drive Cloud storage included with the Pixel.
The Chromebook Pixel Wi-Fi only version starts at $1,299, with the Verizon-only LTE/Wi-Fi version selling for $1,449 – available for preorder now in the US and UK, with delivery in April.
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