Samsung Chromebook [1] - aa

Back in February of 2013 Google took the wraps off the Chromebook Pixel, a high-end Chromebook that was more of a proof of concept than something truly aimed at everyday consumers. While most Chromebooks were (and still are) budget-friendly products meant to act as a portal to the web for everyday users, the Pixel was jam-packed full of advanced features, a touchscreen and bore a much more premium design.

Are you among those that had Pixel envy? Hoping to see the series catapult its way into 2015? You may just get your chance! It is worth noting that rumors of a Chromebook Pixel 2 have been whispered for a while now, but now we have at least a semi-official confirmation that it really is happening. Google’s Renee Nieme let the cat of the bag early this week at an event in San Diego. Here is the gist of what she said, as reported originally by OMG Chrome:

We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t.

So what can we expect from the Pixel 2? Honestly we know very little at this point, other than it is coming “soon”. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if the device continues pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a Chrome OS device, while also coming in at pricing that is way beyond a typical Chromebook. For those that need a reminder, the original was a whopping $1,300.

While the Pixel is obviously aimed at developers and hardcore Google enthusiasts, I’d personally rather see a device that meets the current budget-friendly Chromebooks and the original Pixel somewhere in the middle, say a $500 to $650 laptop with high-end specs that is better than your average Chromebook, but doesn’t completely break the bank. How about you? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Android123

    they could still make it high end and reduce the cost simply by making more of them. The demand is obviously there for a high end $500 screamin’ Chromebook.

  • I get the point of cheap ChromeBooks, they are a nice alternative to low-end Windows, but beyond $600, I don’t see any selling point against Windows laptops…..

  • Sqube

    I’d rather see them one make one at $500 than $1,500.

    • Anonymousfella

      Other OEMs like Asus, Dell, HP are not going to like that.

      • Sqube

        I genuinely don’t care if they don’t like it. They’ve all decided to fight in that $200-$300 range and aren’t even considering the $500 range. So if Google does it and it’s successful, they can try to move in and take a piece of that pie (assuming there’s actually a substantial market for it).

        I mean, it’s not like Google is going to make some kind of One True Chromebook that will have all the things that everyone wants and immediately win the game forever. They’re all about proving concepts and hoping that other people move in.

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      I agree. One solid machine, without sacrificing screen/rom/ram/processor at the same time. At least make the components user upgradable.

  • Brian Dong Min Kim

    For what a Chromebook does, it’s not worth the price.

  • Edward

    Really? You can’t put a picture of a Pixel in the article? Imposing pictures taken by you is ‘that’ important.

    • The_Firm

      Yeah, instead we get a Samsung MacBook Pro shown.

  • DDT

    What they want to make from this overpriced piece of ad serving MacBook copycat ?

    They didn’t sold any, they had given away most of them at google I/O (over 5000).

    So why they even try to make a second one ?

    • Oliver Bastholm

      Because making big profits off of it isn’t the goal og the Pixel.

      “[…]this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t.”

  • SugarFreeTargets

    And we thought Apple sold overpriced computers… You only need a decent CPU and 32GB of RAM to run Chrome.

    • MasterMuffin

      And many of those who love the pixel hate Macs and Apple because “they’re overpriced”. Double standards…

      • Anonymousfella

        Offtopic: Is there a way to access the AA beta site(shown in the picture)? This beta design reminds me of the verge.

        • MasterMuffin

          I don’t possess the information you have requested :)

          • Anonymousfella

            What are your thoughts about the new design shown in the thumbnail?

          • MasterMuffin

            No particularly interesting thoughts, I hardly ever visit AA on desktop. Reminds me of The Verge too I guess

          • Anonymousfella

            If they move forward with this design, it’ll affect mobile too! The current one though, just works well enough for me. What about you?

          • MasterMuffin

            Same for me, but there’s room for improvements! My biggest complaint is that sometimes the pages just load as a white page even though I have a fully working internet connection :/

          • Anonymousfella

            That thing used to happen a lot with me! Now I’m using Opera with VPN(earlier Chrome) and this doesn’t happen that much. Could it be a chrome related issue?

          • MasterMuffin

            Now that you mention it, it happens more rarely now that I’m using Firefox… It’s probably a little bit of both

    • Terry

      It’s just like Glass. The world is not used to a company NOT trying to sell as many of something as all of China can pump out. The easiest way to limit the installed base is to have infinitely long lines for the “lucky few”. But if you don’t want to piss off the whole world you can just price it out of the market. You get a little bit of class warfare hate – that was Glass’ only problem. But you end up with a net better image than infinite lines of disgruntled people. Why would you want this in the first place?

      1. To reduce support costs of selling to the general public
      2. So you can provide excellent support to your target audience – who btw will be skilled developers that will have no patience for the Very Valid normal call center question: Have you plugged it in.
      3. So you don’t compete with your vendor partners. ASUS et al will be none too happy if you can get a comparable or better Google branded chromebook in the same price range. Remember the OUTRAGE from vendors when microsoft said they were building and selling their tablet solo? Even with Nexus Google walks a fine line. I think they use it as a bludgeon to keep the thrice damned “skins” at bay. I also think it is working.
      4. So you can try out hardware and associated software that may, or may not, be the next big thing. Once again, just like Google Glass.

      The author’s wish for a mid tiered, mid priced, Chomebook won’t satisfactorily accomplish any of these goals. I really don’t know what they could be thinking will make up a Pixel 2, but I expect it to be a $1000+ beast of a machine.

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  • David Košič

    Oh look another overpriced and less functional computer to ignore.

  • joselie castañeda

    can I do Android programming on a Chromebook?

  • Freddy Born

    doesnt look like the macbook at all!