Last week, there seemed to be a product leak from Google. This was about the so called Chromebook Pixel which was pegged as Google’s flagship computing device, something that could give some very good competition to Apple’s laptop products in terms of hardware. Google remained tight-lipped about it and the leak seemed to be unsubstantiated. Now, Google has officially removed the wraps from their Chromebook Pixel. Yes folks, the Chromebook Pixel is for real and it has some really sweet specs.
Google has announced the product on the Google Chrome blog. The Chromebook Pixel seems to be a refresh on the concept of a Chromebook, a delightful concept in itself because of the focus on letting the browser take care of all your computational needs and thus remove all the unnecessary software dependencies. Google has been taking incremental steps all along towards this bigger picture by introducing extensions and browser apps via the Chrome Store. The Pixel takes a big step ahead from the hardware perspective. It features a touchscreen which has the highest pixel density (239 pixels/inch) compared to other production laptops in the market today. The screen thus has 4.3 million pixels and thus deliver a stellar viewing experience in most use cases.
The Pixel’s body is crafted using anodized aluminium alloy thus making it lightweight and tough at the same time. The device with comes a 720p webcam and has support for 3 microphones thus delivering sound input with a minimum surrounding/ambient noise interference. The Pixel screen is also a touchscreen, which is possibly, the best thing that the device brings to the table. Pixel is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and has solid state flash memory to boot. These specs coupled with the lightness of the Chrome browser on top of the Linux kernel will definitely give you a zippy user experience. Google is also giving away 1 TB (yes, 1 terabyte) of Google Drive storage with each Pixel.
The device comes in two main versions: WiFi and LTE. The WiFi model costs around Rs. 70,735 ($1,299 U.S. and £1,049 U.K.) while the LTE version is priced around Rs. 78,903 ($1,449). Definitely not cheap but that screen is really worth it. The device is definitely not for everybody and geared towards all those who have embraced the cloud in their computational processes. The WiFi version is available both in the US and UK while the LTE version will start shipping in the US in April. Besides being available on Google Play in these countries. No plans have been given for an India launch and if Google India’s product release history is any indicator than this one will probably take more than a year to come these shores.
It seems like a solid product based on the hardware specs and the features which come with it. We wish it could come to India sooner!