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.