Google Pixel Is a New Style of Chromebook for Cloud Computing

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-02-22 Print this article Print

Google says its new Chromebook Pixel was two years in the making. During that time, Google enlisted hardware partners Acer, Samsung, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard to acquaint the world to the Chromebook premise: inexpensive laptops running Google's Chrome OS, updating automatically and requiring near-zero maintenance, and spending most of their days in the cloud. So it came as a surprise, then, when Google's own Chromebook, the Pixel, debuted with a starting price heftier than the standard Apple MacBook Pro's. The message: Chromebooks are one thing, the Pixel is something else. Linus Upson, vice president of engineering at Google, explains in an introductory video that the Pixel is the result of a goal to "build the best possible computer." Upson continued, "If we could make a computer that was really fast, that was easy to use, that looked beautiful, we could make the computing experience better." The Pixel features a touch-screen with a resolution that Upson says is the best on any laptop available today. It's fast-loading and transitioning, comes with the option of built-in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on the Verizon Wireless network, offers users a terabyte of cloud storage and a dozen GoGo Inflight passes for connecting while flying. Upson said Google's goal is to "continue to push the experience [of personal computing] forward for everyone, working with the entire ecosystem to build the next generation of Chrome OS devices."


Chromebook Pixel Hits the Market

Google began accepting orders for the WiFi-only Chromebook Pixel Feb. 21, and said the laptop will begin shipping in three to five days. The WiFi version is priced at $1,299 in the United States. A version with LTE will ship in April and retail for $1,449. Users will have access to 100MB per month on Verizon's LTE network.

Chromebook Pixel Hits the Market

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