Google unveiled a groundbreaking new Chromebook laptop Thursday — one with touchscreen capability, powerful chipset and an extremely high-resolution display.
The Chromebook Pixel, available for order on the Google Play store and shipping in April, features a 12.85-inch touch-sensitive Gorilla Glass screen. The resolution is 4.3 million pixels, which works out to 239 pixels per inch. (The average Windows laptop has about half that; technically, it also beats the Macbook Retina.)
The Pixel will come in two versions, both boasting an Intel Core i5 processor. The basic model is Wi-Fi only; a more expensive model has the ability to connect to Verizon’s superfast LTE network. Google claims a battery life of five hours on the device, which has QuickOffice built into the browser and an SD card slot for automatic photo uploads to Google+. Those features can also be used offline (uploads queued for later, of course).
The price, however, is relatively steep: $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only version, $1,449 for the LTE model.
Google was careful to emphasize that the Pixel isn’t for everyone. “This is for power users who live in the cloud,” Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai repeatedly told a select group of journalists at a low-key launch event in San Francisco.”
This development in mobile technology is something that really appeals to me. Though I am mostly a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids I appreciate the portability of computing devices which allow me to take my show on the road. I’m interested to see how this touch screen laptop will compete with the convertible laptop/tablets that have been coming out in recent years. Surely, it will be lighter, but will it be as user friendly (excluding bugs and other problems) as the Windows Surface product which is less than half the price. I’d have to do an in depth comparison of hardware, software and capabilities to see if it is really worth the steep price. Right now it is a far cry from the Chromebook’s current wallet friendly price of $249 (approx. retail value).
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