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.