Google today announced the Chromebook Pixel, the first laptop produced by the Internet Giant. Running Chrome OS, the laptop is powered by an Intel i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. All of that silicon is used to power the 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI display, which Google claims is the highest to ship on any laptop ever.
According to early reports, the display is fantastic, and matches that on Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro models. The display has the advantage of including a touch-sensitive digitizer, though scrolling performance was lacking slightly.
The design of the laptop is very modern: clean edges, machined aluminum, and a very thin design. The trackpad is reportedly excellent, as is the keyboard, though this may not be the perfect road warrior laptop with only five hours of battery life. Overall, the Chromebook Pixel seems to be more of a competitor with the MacBook Air and other Windows-based Ultrabooks, given the form factor. However, Chrome OS still heavily relies on a connection to the cloud. Google will be shipping a model with built-in LTE in the US to help alleviate this point.
The Chromebook Pixel is available for order on Google Play for $1,299. Are you interested in Google’s latest hardware?