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Google Announces the Chromebook Pixel, No We Aren’t Trolling You

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Google just announced the Chromebook Pixel, a device that was originally thought to be an internet myth or joke. After reading through the press release, let’s just say that this is far from a joke or myth – it’s the real deal and looks amazing. It has a beautiful 12.85″ Gorilla Glass touch display with 239ppi (2560 x 1700), the highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market. The Pixel also sports an Intel i5 processor, 4G LTE (from Verizon), and as is the case with all Chromebooks, is built for the cloud. There is a backlit keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, mini-display port, 2-in1 card reader, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB solid state drive, headphone jack, microphone, and should last for 5 hours with active use.

The Pixel is already available on Google Play starting at $1299 for the WiFi-only version, with the LTE model dropping in at $1449.

The news just dropped, so we’ll flag this as “developing” until we can fully immerse ourselves in the announcement.

In the mean time, watch the video below. 

Google Play Links:  WiFi version ($1299) | 4G LTE version ($1449)


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Via:  Google Blog | Pixel

  • nightscout13

    Sorry Google, if I’m paying over $1,000 for a laptop, I expect it to have Windows. You’re asking people to pay $1,300 for a Retina. Come on…….

  • Sirx

    FINALLY! A device that will NEVER be in danger of running out of stock on the Google Play Store 😛

    • Jack Mao

      it just did …. at least the LTE version -____-

  • Buckoman

    The specs are alright for the price, but the touch screen is a great addition.

    But what are you going to do with it that justifies spending $1299 on a Chromebook?

    Someone, please, help me out here.

  • Mr. Regular

    Getting there Google but this seems more like a unfinished product, no one will buy this yet at the price too many things missing to get early adopters

  • I’d like to get it, but I can’t justify spending over a grand for any laptop right now. But if you are a HEAVY drive user, it pays for itself. I’m looking forward to playing with it at Best Buy, and I’m hoping to convince my boss to get one and make the switch to Drive for our shared storage.

  • Greg
  • krusty46

    For $1,300 it is a joke

    • Tim242

      You got that right! A glorified tablet, browser OS. Google is trolling.

  • Paul

    I would never consider this over the 17″ gaming laptops for that price. It’s not like a 17″ laptop is any harder to bring around anyways.

  • The price hike is that i5. Intel just has pretty expensive CPUs.

  • Holy crap, I’m not paying that much for a device that’s so limited as compared to laptops with other OSs. This is way too big of a price jump from the awesomely affordable regular Chromebooks. C’mon Google, don’t pull Apple crap like this.

  • JoshHenry

    What do you all mean whose going to pay 1300 for this? We are all supposed to be Google supporters. We should be just as willing to pay 1300 for this amazing product just as an Apple user would pay 1300 for a Macbook air. Lets stand together Google fans!

    • Paul

      Let’s not blindly buy something just because Google is making it, or we aren’t much better than Apple fanboys.

      • Daniel Clifford

        Could not agree more.

    • Tim242

      But we are cheap Android users : )

  • hey! It’s IN STOCK! In all seriousness though, it looks like a beautiful device, but wasn’t their goal to make these devices cheaper? I don’t know that there’s a $1,000 difference between this device and the $249 Samsung version

  • bakdroid

    This is the Q all over again….

  • Trey Mitchell

    So let me get this straight the nexus 4 has no lte and runs only on gsm. But the chromebook has verizon as a launch partner??

  • Google has to have something up there sleeve with this.. a $1300 chrome browsers? no there has to be more. I noticed the title of the video is called “Chrome Pixel: For What is next” i think it is literally for what google does next.

  • bucky500

    I’m so glad this is priced out of my range so I can go back to being happy with my ARM Chromebook and stop stressing about the impending announcement/rush to PlayStore to buy day!

  • Lucky me. I’m due for hardware refresh at work and we’re completely all-in on Google Apps for Education now, so this will do NICELY for me. 🙂 And a discount for work compared to the MBP I would have ordered if this hadn’t popped up.

  • This pricing is completely eliminates the idea of Chromebook as a cheap, light and disposable PC.
    Ballmer must be ROFLing now.

  • Patrick Cedrowski

    32 GB seems like a lot for a chromebook, does it not? Is Google planning something else for Chrome OS?? Perhaps installing and running Android apps??

  • Sounds like a proof of concept device, like the Nexus Q, to me. Google testing the waters by producing and selling an R&D device and figuring out from the public what they need to improve, then returning to the drawing board with the feedback.

  • Jimmy

    Macbook 13″ 2560 x 1600 227 ppi $1499
    Pixel ~13″ 2560 x 1700 239 ppi $1299

    is it hard to figure which to buy? Hmm. maybe don’t get it equation

  • Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but the wifi-only version has only 32gig SSD… not sure the article mentioned that.

  • I always laughed at Apple fanboys having to pay $1300 for macbooks. There’s no way anyone will justify this price point with 5 hours battery life.

    • At least Macbooks have some decent third-party software support from top-tier companies.

  • Would this be worth the price if it did Chrome OS and ran Android apps too??

  • WTF are they thinking? You could get an Asus Zenbook for at least $500 less than that that would trounce those specs (except maybe that ridiculous screen resolution—how high rez a screen do you need to watch animated gifs on Reddit anyway?)

  • Guest

    $1,300? Have to admit I didn’t see that coming. I could see that price point as plausible if if had more than 64gig space and 5 hours battery life… but I’d never pay more than $400-500 for a laptop or tablet, no matter how premium it is.

  • awesome hardware… but a tad pricey for something that I can’t install any software on and requires an internet connection to actually use.

  • Huh. I mean, that’s a nice looking computer but unless ChromeOS does a lot of things I don’t know about, I can’t see buying this over a MacBook Pro at that price.

  • In for one! WOOP!

  • I keep looking at my calendar but it still doesn’t say April 1st.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    $1299 for the WiFi-only version, with the LTE model dropping in at $1449?


  • kane

    I wager after this we will hear about lot’s more about what you can do with this device at IO in May. They didn’t give you a highres touchscreen to browse the web

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Ding ding ding I think we have a winner. Props to you for usin’ yer thinker.

    • aBabyPenguin

      I agree, I am expecting a LOT from IO now.

    • aBabyPenguin

      Then again, if this $1300 device needs this price point for the “new features” we are expecting, wouldn’t that mean all the other chromebooks would be left in the dust??

    • Then why not unveil it at I/O alongside those big improvements to Chrome OS? Much bigger story then and you don’t have a bunch of news cycles with the industry scratching their heads at your perceived stupidity with this device release now.

  • aBabyPenguin

    The price is ridiculous, I love my Acer C7 Chromebook but that is mostly because the price was right for what I was getting. This thing is going to crash and burn unless Google really turns ChromeOS on its head at Google IO. Here’s hoping.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I would imagine Google has a few things to show off.

  • JMonkeYJ

    to me this is the Nexus Q all over again: a well-designed, premium device for a market that does not exist.

  • Jeff Badger

    The price is a little high, but they are throwing in one terabyte of Google Drive storage, free for 3 years. Normal cost of Google Drive at that limit is $50 a month or $1800 over 3 years. It’s basically a free laptop if you want that much cloud storage.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Good find!

    • Tony Byatt

      So maybe they’ll soon end the cloud storage promotion and the price will drop…One can only hope…

  • if it supported Skype, Netflix and Microsoft Office, I would be all in… had the latest Samsung Chromebook and had to return it because it just didn’t do enough of what we needed it to do.

    • hkklife

      Horribly, crushingly overpriced. it doesn’t matter how good the build quality is or how good the screen is. For those eye-watering prices, I expect a full Wintel behemoth that I can use ALL of my Windows apps/games on, along with such niceties as a backlit keyboard, wired Gb Ethernet, HDMI-out native etc.

      They should have built atop the existing Acer & Samsung Chromebooks and had a ~$500 MBA competitor. $600 would be the ABSOLUTE the market would bear for one of these, regardless of specs. A Core i5 processor is total overkill for running a cloud-centric browser machine.

      At the very least this should come with a special VZW unlimited LTE Chromebook package.
      This is destined to be the next Palm Foleo…or worse.

  • anezarati

    who is manufacturing this? it doesnt say. has google turned to making there own chromebooks?!?

    • NexusPhan69


  • NexusPhan69

    Am I the only one the seems to feel the biggest news here is this is the first Verizon LTE device being sold direct from the Play Store? Verizon no-contract nexus next?

    • NexusPhan69

      Thanks for responding to my email Kellex! I thought you were going to write me off as way off base.

    • r0lct

      Well considering the 3G Chromebooks were sold direct I’m not so sure how big this milestone is.

      • NexusPhan69

        All of those were GSM were they not? Never Verizon before.

        • r0lct

          The Samsung Chromebooks were Verizon 3G.

          • NexusPhan69

            Damn. I didn’t know that. I still see this as a very good sign tho.

  • possomcrast1

    It actually sounds pretty good to me but I don’t think the 1299 dollar price point is a good deal at all. You can get an equivalent laptop for a bit more than half that.

    • r0lct

      Can you link to one with those specs even under $1000?

  • Justin Winker

    Holy SH*T. Would have considered it at a price of maybe 800 with LTE, but that’s WAY to high.

  • I was thinking, damn, this sounds nice until I saw the pricetag…Ummm Yeah, no.

  • Roscoe White

    I may be reaching with this one…but Google might have something up their sleeves…. Maybe merging Android and Chrome OS for KLP…but like I said- reaching lol

  • whoa whoa whoa.. this is still a troll.. come on now.. will it run Adobe Creative Suite?

    • Geoff Johnson

      I wish, it’s one of the few apps that would actually make use of this display. Why do you need this crazy resolution for web apps?

      • Agreed.

      • JMonkeYJ

        it does not make any sense to me

    • Of course not 😛 I think it’s absurd to offer a notebook at this price if the only thing it comes with is Chrome OS. Why would I want to limit my computing to only a browser, when the hardware is capable of so much more?

  • droidify

    I’m sure it is nice but the price is recockulous

  • Tony Byatt

    Beautiful device…Way overpriced…

    • JBartcaps

      Device is actually ugly as hell, Pretty thick and it looks too squareish. The screen on the other hand looks amazing

      • 0.64 inches thick

        • That’s what she said…

        • JBartcaps

          Look at the gallery in the Verge article…It’s thick

          • If you’re comparing it to the leading edge of the wedge-shaped Air, then yes it is thick. But, it’s actually thinner than the thickest point on an Air(0.68in). For a better comparison, the Macbook Pro Retina is 0.75in thick.

  • Eric Soriano

    I see a $600 laptop in that article.

  • Ouch pricy much?

  • trwb

    Maybe Google got hacked, the same way BK, FB and Apple did last week?

  • flyinggerbil

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too expensive.

  • JBartcaps