Google’s Chromebook Pixel that was announced recently has proved that Google’s plans were very much real. Its was reported by The Wall Street Journal that the Chromebook Pixel will be using a touchscreen interface. Yesterday, Google’s Pixel was up for sale via Google Play and being sold in certain countries.
The unit’s price starts with a whopping $1,300 starting with a Wi-Fi only model with plans for having a LTE enabled Chromebook Pixel coming shortly, with rumours stating that it should be released in April with the price tag of $1,450.
Although the price of the Chromebook Pixel is something that many will not be able to afford, considering the older Chromebooks were lot cheaper, the system configuration of the unit is pretty impressive:
- 12.85-inch, 400 nit display at 2560 x 1700 resolution (239 PPI)
- Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen
- 32 GB storage
- Backlit Chrome keyboard
- HD Webcam
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- Mini display port
- 2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
- Intel Core i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 59 Wh battery
It should also be noted: Even though some may still consider the price to be higher for a notebook powered with Chrome OS, irrespective of the hardware configuration and also its appearance, Bill Richardson, Chrome OS’ software engineer posted a picture on his Google+ page clearly showing the Google Pixel running the Linux Mint OS in the background.
This points out that there is a very good chance that Chromebook can be used to easily install operating system such as Linux Mint and if an end-user wants to jump to another os, this gives a choice to them and provides freedom based on the their preferences and/or requirements.
This should be very tempting for many users as it enables people to have a high-end notebook with a full blown version/compatibility with Linux OS.
As of now, the Chromebooks are being shipped out from today onwards.
Source: Android Central