The Chromebook Pixel is live!

February 21, 2013

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Uh oh! The Chromebook Pixel is real, and ready for purchase! Am I using too many exclaimation points?! No, I’m not! This is the moment many of us have been waiting for. Earlier today, Martin van der Mueler posted on Google+ from a Chromebook Pixel. In doing a little digging, Android Authority found the link to order the device from the Play Store (although Google is not taking orders just yet)! So, you’re probably wondering just what the device has in store for us, right?!

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The highlights:

  • 12.85-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 2560 x 1700 resolution, 239 PPI, 4.3 million(!) pixels
  • 400 nit screen
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen
  • Backlit Chrome Keyboard
  • Fully clickable, etched glass trackpad
  • HD Webcam
  • 2 USB ports
  • Mini Display Port
  • 2-in-1 card reader, supporting SD and MMc
  • Anodized aluminium body
  • 3.35 lbs, 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm
  • Intel i5 Processor (Dual Core, 1.8GHz)
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 59Wh batery (Up to 5 hours of active use)
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32/64 GB Solid State Drive
  • Dual band WiFi 802.11
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1TB Google Drive Cloud Storage for 3 years

The lowlights? A $1,299 price tag for the Wi-Fi version, and $1,449 for an LTE model (64GB of storage available only for this version). Ouch. No matter, though… I’m sure it will be popular!

Stop reading, start buying. The playground is open!

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1149474187 Ryan Morgan

    Strange aspect ratio, but other than that the Pixel is awesome!

    • kascollet

      I say : very clever aspect ratio.
      This may be the killer feature as everyone else sticks with 16/9 or 16/10.
      Imagine the gorgeous web pages this thing will display !
      It’s a shame the Chromebook will not allow for a full OS experience, and price is too high, but still, interesting one of a kind little thing.

  • Joe Avery

    Avaiable now…. I was just on the playstore and under devices it is there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1149474187 Ryan Morgan

    Penultimate paragraph: “Ouch. No mater, though”. The Pixel sounds great, minus the price tag, the lack of USB 3.0 and the odd aspect ratio.

  • Filip Justin

    I am going to be brief.. Overpriced.. You can either get the Surface Pro (even with it’s mediocre battery) if you really want a tech giant’s take on portables or you can buy a Series 9 ultrabook PC with a Full HD display for the same price..

    • gokusimpson

      The Pixel has a much higher resolution than a full hd display.

      • Filip Justin

        Unfortunately it’s just marketing.. Full HD is more than enough..

        • Fievel

          They said the same about SD at one time, too.

  • cycad007

    I’ll wait until at least version 3 or 4. Early adaptors always get hosed….see Logitech Revue. I’m not wasting any money until Chromebook becomes “mainstream”.

  • TheMacSter

    it is ready to purchase for us brits!?!? heck yeah… unfortunately, i cannot join those who do.

  • Josh York

    I would love to get my hands on one, but WAY too expensive. :-(

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      But what for , with 1/3 price you can buy nexus 10 which has retina display and touch screen and real android OS

  • Juseph

    13″ with Retina display
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)
    $1,499.00

    I can’t believe I am saying that but apple got better specs at not much higher price ?

    • Joshhud

      What the hell is Google thinking… im so confused right now. Its the specs of a tablet with the not as portable build of a laptop and the price of a Macbook Pro?!?!?!!?

      • http://www.facebook.com/octubre1987 Alejandro L. Zuvic

        Weeell, it’s not a tablet, so it doesn’t go that way. But yes, too expensive for a ChromeOS-based laptop.

      • Guest

        It’s a touch screen, but I agree with you, the price is too damn high.

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      And plus chrome OS is not real OS but a browser which requires 24hrs internet to work where as surface pro and macbook air have real os which is great for lot of things. Hell even nexus 10 and ipad 4 is better than this.

  • Joshhud

    Super expensive, whats going on here. I wish i could use android tablets and laptops for work. Too bad they dont work with remote software… at least that i know of.

  • http://www.ContractorRegistry.com/ Steve- Construction Contractor

    Sure the display is great, but if I am in the market for a Chromebook, I’m going to get something like the Samsung version. Not this…

  • Bone

    Sweet Mother of God!

    So it’s usable stand alone, without the keyboard?

  • Dan

    I hate to say this, but… the Retina MacBook Pro is far better value for money. $200 more gets you a better processor, double the RAM, quadruple (!) the SSD capacity, similar PPI, USB 3.0 ports, better battery life, and a fully functional operating system. Sorry Google, but that might just be an Apple Tax worth paying.

  • Ivan Myring

    Honestly a great device with two limitations:
    1. The absurd price. If this had an ARM chip (s4 pro, sanpdragon 600) it would be much cheaper (ÂŁ300-500/$400-500) but at this price for chrome is it is absurd.
    2. Lack of function for money. If this ran android apps on an arm processor with the same screen as the nexus 10 but a keyboard and better processor as well then it would be better, but just chrome is is too limited for the money.

    • JGaLaXY

      Exactly, if it ran the Google Play store, it would be a killer, but I still would not pay 1300 for it…

  • JGaLaXY

    lmao I just had a flashback ps3 moment, i read all those specs and thought to myself “wow, all of this sounds really good, wonder how much it’s going to cost maybe $350 to 700$” The screen specs look really good…then you said $1299, WTF IS WRONG WITH THEM, they’ve lost their minds…why the hell wouldn’t i just buy an ultrabook running windows 8 for that…that is worse than an apple price for something like this

  • http://twitter.com/GcmPego Giacomo Pegorer

    IMHO Google has not understand what people want from Chromebook. People want a second laptop, a laptop for student, cheaper than a windows and useful, like Samsung Chromebook Series 3 or Acer Chromebook.

  • dogulas

    How soon do you think it will be before Google (or devs) will dual boot Android on this. It’s screaming for Android to be on it.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Or how soon will they be pulling the plug from it just like they did with the Q?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AndersRenkse Tony Stark Tran

    Nate, you need to calm your boner and face reality. I love Google, but this is obviously an extremely overpriced item. If you wanna throw $1,300 away, then be my guest. But claiming that you’re sure it will be popular and telling everyone to buy it is just blind adherence to a brand–much like how people criticize Apple fans. No one is going to buy a laptop with Chrome OS for that price. I’m sorry, but people don’t want to live in the cloud right now. Broadband isn’t ubiquitous enough yet, and the OS has its limitations. Google should stay the route of the cheap Samsung models. That I could see people buying for casual use. The PIxel is just a mockery.

  • Tets

    I have a 3 lb windows 8 ultrabook with i7, 256gb ssd, 8gb ddr3 with a 13″ screen for $1,199 with a touchscreen, no thanks google. Oh and I can emulate android on it too!

  • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

    Nate i dont know if you are fanboy of google or too stupid to see how can you recommend to buy this overpriced chromebook. Whats its utility . Whats totaly useful for consumer, what feature it has than other competition, why should we buy this , i hate to say this is failed google product.

  • Tony Willis

    wtf is Google doing?Some of these tech guy’s who make the choice’s on specs and stuff really make retarded decisions.Like seriously…who is making these products..and at that price range???…fire them!!!!!!