The Chromebook Pixel is real, here’s the proof

February 9, 2013
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Many around the blogosphere said that the Chromebook Pixel is nothing but a hoax. Well, they were wrong, and today we can show you the proof, courtesy of Francois Beaufort.

In case you don’t know, Francois Beaufort is a Chrome OS developer who revealed many interesting tidbits about the project in the past, including the upcoming notification center, and the existence of the Chromebook Pixel, known internally at Google as the Link.

Today, Beaufort produced a fragment of Chrome OS documentation that seemingly confirms the Chromebook Pixel. The document discusses the behavior of the “lightbar”, which is a four-color indicator that will inform the user about the remaining battery life.

Quoting from the documentation:

At Startup or wake from sleep, Google colors cycle in.

While running, > 25% power level in the battery:

All blue, in a breathing effect (cycle up and down 30%).

While running, <= 25% power level in battery:

Same as above, but with red

Shutting down, or going into sleep:

Cycle out the Google colors (Note: the effect is only visible for S0->S3,

because shutting down kills power to the lightbar before we can react).

While sleeping:

Similar to now, but only using Blue and red for battery indication as above.

Now, if you’ve watched the alleged leaked video, you can see that the lightbar is featured at around the 1:15 mark. So the video ties in with the code present on Google’s own website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=d2dhMKSKGBg

Moreover, the documentation that Francois Beaufort provided also confirms the existence of the backlit keyboard, which is also shown in the video.

There’s a slight chance someone went through Chromium source code and picked up information which they used to create the video. We can’t say that the Chromebook Pixel will look exactly like the render in the video, but it’s becoming clear that the “concept” was, at a minimum, inspired from reality.

Regardless of what you think about the crazy backstory of the video, which involves hackers and a mystery Russian company, the evidence (including the domain name registered in October by Google’s domain firm) keeps piling up in favor of the Chromebook Pixel.

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