Chromebook Pixel (2015) arrives, USB-C ports in tow — starting at $999

by: Andrew GrushMarch 11, 2015

Last month Google unofficially revealed a new Chromebook Pixel was on its way sometime soon, though at the time no specific details were given. As it turns out, today is the day, as the Chromebook Pixel (2015) has landed.

For those that were intrigued by the idea of a high-end Chrome OS experience but not so keen on Google’s $1300 asking price for the Pixel, you’ll be happy to know that the latest model is a fair amount cheaper at $999 for the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage. Although this is still much more expensive than typical Chromebooks, a $300 price reduction is a welcome change. If you want even more power under the hood, a $1300 variant dubbed the “LS” model comes with an Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and a 64GB SSD.

That’s about the only difference between the two variants, with both models packing the same 3:2, 2560 x 1700 pixel touchscreen display, a battery that lasts about 12 hours between charges, and fast-charging that lets you get two hours of use in 15 minutes. The new Chromebook Pixel line also has two USB-C ports, in addition to two USB 3.0 ports. There’s also a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.

Aesthetically both the standard and LS Chromebook Pixel (2015) have a very similar design to their predecessor, though they have been polished up a bit, removing visible traces of speaker grilles, screws and fan vents. You’ll also find the same Chrome OS core here, with no major software changes being made for Google’s latest super-powered Chromebook.

Interested in picking up a new Chromebook Pixel? Both models are available right now on the rebranded Google Store.

  • Anonymousfella

    At least this one has an adequate number of ports…

    • MasterMuffin

      Apple couldn’t figure the magical receipt: one port on both sides

      • Marty

        Minimalism, that’s what Apple is about it seems. And does the new MacBook have a touchscreen yet? Probably not.

        • MasterMuffin

          It doesn’t need one

          • Marty

            Hah! So true. That’s what a person said to me in a Apple forum when I asked about a mouse for the iPad. But they said that with insult…lol

          • MasterMuffin

            You fandroid!!1

          • MattEgansHairLine

            He is a SEF, Search Engine Fanboy.

            Good to see a SEF trying to justify using Apples creation.

            How long is software support for Andi ( for some reason my spell checker keeps trying to insert lag where I’ve written ‘long’).

  • Tjaldid

    Could have reduced the price with core M and 4GB ram, but my main beef with this device is the ridiculous storage options I mean a core i7 and 16GB ram and only 64GB!!!

    • JSo

      I heard it’s because you get a crap load of cloud storage when you buy one.

      • greeninja

        That you then have to pay for after 3 years.

        • Sqube

          Yeah, but… you get a terabyte of free storage for three years.

    • Anonymousfella

      This is not for consumers to buy. This is a development device. You have valid points but in the end, they’re meaningless because this isn’t made for people to buy.

      “”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. And candidly, I think our developers and our Googlers consume 85 percent of what we produce.”- Renee Niemi, Director of Android & Chrome, Google for Work

      • crutchcorn

        This really does need Linux on this puppy though. I’d buy it right away

    • ed

      That would severely limit the processing and development abilities of this laptop. The core M chip is basically the same as a Core 2 Duo from ages ago. That chip is not capable of doing any development nowadays. It is basically a netbook chip.

    • MasterMuffin

      That RAM is definitely needed for Chrome!

  • Dee Norbert

    Waiting for a Store in Romania!!!!

  • TheRPN

    A part of Google’s press release says, “The Pixel is one of the first products to launch with this new standard, with more Chromebooks and Android devices following suit soon.”

    I’ll bet the next Nexus ships with USB-C.

  • Mohamed Elkastawy

    Like the previous one was worth it

  • Frosti

    Still don’t get it.. Why would somebody by a Chromebook? Whats the point in it?

    • Yan Qin

      To get native support of Chrome for best performance.

      • Annonymous

        Except you are getting sub-par performance in everything else because you cannot use any programs.

  • SugarFreeTargets

    Awesome laptop, not so awesome OS. (Thank goodness for other Linux distros)

  • mishek

    OK, but what with android apps? Can I install any android app, or there are just some apps ported in Chrome Web Store?

  • Otto Andersson

    I’d buy this to install some Windows 10 or Linux. The hardware is beautiful.

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Just buy a MacBook rather than a knock off

  • crutchcorn

    Yo Google, imma let you finish, but at lease the new MacBook is running something besides a browser.

    Seriously though, add native linux support or SOMETHING and I might consider it!

    And that’s coming from an Apple hater… I mean, their design is amazing and I love it but… What browser (alone) needs an i7 and 16GB RAM??? Ohhhhh…. Waiiitt…. This is Chrome huh… Checks out now. 

  • diper07

    New Apple macbook any day than this crap.