The Barbarians are at the gate… With its market capitalization, brand recognition, and cult-like following, there are plenty of competitors who want to take a bite out of Apple‘s success. Already, we’ve seen how Samsung‘s deft move have eaten away parts of the lucrative iPhone market. Now, Google is taking its turn on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptop with the Chromebook Pixel notebook computer. An about-face turn from the first Chrome OS devices, which was originally meant to be cheap portable alternatives to your desktop. Instead, the Chromebook Pixel is a fully fledged replacement for your desktop.
As a first step to ditch its “netbook persona,” the Chromebook Pixel features a dual-core 1.8GHz Core i5 processor by Intel. However, most will likely to notice the Chromebook Pixel’s 12.85″ display at first glance. With around 4.3 million pixels or 239 pixels per inch (PPI), Google’s new creation edges out the 227 PPI Retina Display found on the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro. And it’s a touchscreen panel as well. Machined out of anodized aluminum alloy and Corning‘s resilient Gorilla Glass, the Chromebook Pixel also includes many features first pioneered by the MacBook, including an etched glass touchpad, hidden stereo speakers, and a “ventless” design. Comes with either a 32GB or 64GB solid state drive, Google also quipped the Chromebook Pixel with a HD camera, dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and 1TB of Google Drive Cloud Storage, even a LED lightbar with Google’s branded colors.
Prices start at $1,299 USD for the 32 GB model with Wi-Fi only, to $1,449 USD for the 64 GB model with both Wi-Fi and LTE cellular connectivity. Both are available now through Google Play online store and select Best Buy locations.
- 12.85-inch Touchscreen LCD Display with a 3:2 Aspect Ratio
- 2560 x 1700 Resolution at 239 PPI
- Dual-Core 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 32GB or 64GB Solid State Drive
- 1 TB of Google Drive Cloud Storage for 3 Years
- Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2, Bluetooth 3.0, and LTE Cellular Connectivity