Google confirms high-end Chromebook Pixel, surprising some
- 22 February, 2013 17:02
Google's Chromebook Pixel went up for sale on the Play store on Thursday, to the surprise of some industry observers who had expressed doubts over earlier rumors that the device was on the way.
In sharp contrast to previous Chromebook models, which have placed the emphasis on keeping costs low, the Pixel is aimed directly at the higher end of the market, featuring premium components -- and a correspondingly elevated price.
The centerpiece of the Chromebook Pixel, which was designed in-house by Google, is the screen. At 12.85 inches, the 2560x1700 resolution gives it a pixel density of 239 ppi, and it boasts touch-sensitivity as well.
Internally, the Pixel features a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, running at 1.8GHz, which implies either an i5-3427U or i5-3337U, according to Intel's product pages. It also uses Intel's HD 4000 integrated graphics functionality, and packs 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage, depending on the model.
Google says the Pixel comes with a free terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage for three years, as well as 12 free GoGo Inflight Internet sessions for the traveling user.
The initially available model -- priced at $1,300 -- is the 32GB with Wi-Fi connectivity only, but the company says a $1,450, 64GB, LTE-enabled option will ship within six to seven weeks. (Verizon will provide the latter device with 100MB/month of LTE service for two years.)
Initial reaction to the Pixel has been mixed. ZDNet blogger Howard Lo says it's unlikely to be anything more than a driver of sales for the comparable Microsoft Surface Pro, but Computerworld's JR Raphael says that the inclusion of a generous amount of cloud storage could prove to be an important selling point for the device.
Email Jon Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.
Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.
Join the Computerworld Australia group on Linkedin. The group is open to IT Directors, IT Managers, Infrastructure Managers, Network Managers, Security Managers, Communications Managers.
- Solving the Virtualized Infrastructure and Private Cloud Monitoring Challenge
- Best Practices in Data Protection Monitoring
- How to Successfully Select an ERP System
- Forrester Report: Close The Gaps Left by Traditional Vulnerability Management Through Continuous Monitoring
- Cloud-Based Mobile Device Security Streamlines Data Protection
Vodafone launches smartphone app for encrypted calls
Thanks a million, Drupal
Optus goes over the top with VoIP service
Turnbull asks how the NBN got that way
U.S. retailers insist on PIN requirement in smartcard rules