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Chromebook Pixel: Full Spec Sheet

With the Chromebook Pixel's official launch yesterday, we finally have the completed specs of Google's halo device.


With the Chromebook Pixel’s official launch yesterday, we finally have the completed specs of Google’s halo device.


  • 12.85″ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI
  • 400 nit screen brightness
  • 178° extra-wide viewing angle


  • Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
  • Backlit Chrome keyboard
  • Clickable, etched-glass touchpad
  • Integrated 720p HD camera

Size / weight

  • 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm
  • 3.35 lbs / 1.52 kg

Industrial design

  • Machined from anodized aluminum
  • Active cooling with no visible vents
  • ENERGY STAR certified


  • Intel Core i5-3427U processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)


  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • mini display port
  • SD / MMC card reader


  • 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM


  • 32GB solid state drive (64GB on LTE model)


  • Combo headphone/mic jack
  • Built-in microphone array
  • Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
  • Powerful stereo speakers tuned for clarity


  • Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)


  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Built-in LTE modem (LTE model)
  • Someone

    This is certainly an overpowered laptop for a chromebook.

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      But so pretty.. *wants*

    • tobiasmann

      I agree! Why make a chromebook out of everyone’s price range?

      • sinekonata

        It’s not the price range that matters, when I upgrade my laptop whether it’s a Laptop or an Ultrabook it’s going to cost at least that much but it’s going to have some sick specs to offer in return.
        Whereas this one’s only “not crappy” feature is a 230ppi screen. And arguably, if you NEED a “retina” display (which is only 30% better ppi than a good display), just get a Mac, yes, even a Mac… THAT is how overpriced this shit is…

        • tobiasmann

          As a media creator and photojournalist I need hardware like a ms book pro retina but I would love to have something like the chrome book running a operating system that allows me to work. If I can’t use Photoshop of light room I can’t work. That being said obviously this product fills a niche market of content consumers and light media creators and bloggers capable of working in a browser. Still at the price it is set it is still to expensive to justify spending that much money on a device that only has a web browser.

          For the record know that I has e used Chrome OS in its latest iteration and I am definitely not saying that this won’t work for most people, I just think that it is too expensive to justify the capabilities. Now if ChromeOs becomes s web oriented operating system that can run client end software or merges with Android at some level it might become a operating system that makes sense for anyone.

          Please understand that this are all opinions and expressed in an intellectual debate.

          • sinekonata

            If the OS is the problem for you, change it. The pixel chromebook has an unlocked bootloader and (very rich) some people choose to get it because it works better with Linux than the very restrictive Mac. So clearly I’m not nearly talking about software. The hardware is way overpriced by itself is what I meant.

            Anyone can get a laptop with better specs except for the 30% higher ppi screen for 800$ with an i7 vs the pixel’s i3.
            500$ in your pocket and better hardware vs an awesome screen is not a very difficult choice for me to make. This device is only for people with too much money that already have the full-blown Laptop and still want an interesting toy to play with.

            About you needing a Mac, that’s not true, no one needs Macs. You chose it cause you like it better I suppose but keep in mind that that choice you made cost you much more than an alternative PC with Windows and/or Linux and/or MacOSX with the same specs and features exactly. The only thing is you don’t get the glowing apple on the lid for everyone to see at your local coffee house is all…

      • S_Deemer

        In a society where people routinely drop $2000-$3000 for a smartphone over 2-3 years, the Pixel is hardly out of everyone’s price range. I spend $100 a year for service on my $20 Tracfone, which leaves me with plenty leftover for a Pixel.

    • S_Deemer

      One person’s “overpowered” may be just right for another. I ride a 1999 motorcycle with an 1100cc engine, which can exceed the speed limit in any state in a matter of seconds. In comparison with most cars, it’s overpowered, but compared with some motorcycles in 2013 (150+ horsepower), it’s grossly underpowered. Everything is relative.

      My gripe with the Pixel is not the price, but the battery life, which is compromised by driving the HD touch display. Other than that, the Pixel has just about everything that I want in a Chromebook, and I hope to have one soon.

  • Greg D. Lind

    I would purchase, but the “rent is too damn high”! Chromebooks started with the original Samsung series 5 at $549….then the current CBs were reduced to $199 and $249. So a $1300 model went in wrong price direction. If this model was at the $599-$699 point, I would purchase one. I have the $249 Samsung CB.

    • Some users were asking Google for a higher end Chromebook. With the Pixel they (Google) obliged.

  • Javier Bastardo

    I love the idea and what’s coming out of Chrome OS, but as it was already pointed our, for the current state of the OS, this laptop is both, overpowered and overpriced. Is confusing to think what is exactly Google preparing Chrome OS for taking advantage of this laptop, I thought Chromebooks where supposed to be on the cheaper side.

    Still, the laptop looks amazing and I can only imagine how it feels and flows while running. Yet again, for what I can do with the OS right, I can’t see expending this amount of cash for it right now.

    • Leon L Justice

      There has got to be some amazing upgrade coming to the UI for them to release such a powerful machine with touch. The current state of the OS makes this laptop hardware seem wasted. I wanted a more powerful Chromebook, but I cannot afford this.

    • Erik Gonzalez

      This laptop isn’t made because Chrome is going to see big improvements, it was made so Chrome CAN see big improvements in both the Chrome Web Store and in the actual Chromebooks themselves.

  • $1300 and we don’t even get a powerful CPU or CPU? That is pathetic. I still with my powernotebooks custom build which is better in every way than this costly piece of junk.

    • jsebean

      CPU or CPU, which would I rather have hmmmm….

  • I love my Chromebook and I love Chrome. What makes Google unique is they just really ideas regardless of whether they “stick” or not. Apple waits a long time for the “perfect” release. MS will only allow Windows and Office ideas. If they fail at something (see Zune, Danger) its killed. The price is steep. However I doubt they are releasing this for the masses. They are setting the “high” standard right now. I expect it will drop to the 999 range at some point as the components cheapen. Remember everyone its just a start. Apple started real fast with their retina macbooks and they “cooled” off pretty quick once the enthusiasts were done buying. You can get retina macbooks online now 300 less then they started. Expect that with Pixel.

  • sinekonata

    OMG Chrome? What kind of a joke blog is that? Being a fanboy of a huge corporation is just so sad man…

  • Why would you spend THAT MUCH money on… a web browser? Google, you are out of your minds! Put a real OS on it, then we’ll talk

  • Jhonny

    Google great job! I will definitely want one, finally I can buy decent HW without OS tax (I’m not necessary aiming at Apple, they’ve done a great job). If I ever come to realize I miss traditional OS features (I don’t mean vulnerabilities for a price) I can always install a real OS, Ubuntu!!! :-)

  • John O’Connor

    tell me more of the LTE band specs. It is currently only certified for VZ LTE but what bands does the modem support? (Potential use elsewhere or on upcoming/emerging networks on other us carriers)