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It’s Official! Chromebook Pixel, Google’s first Chromebook.

It has been rumoured for many weeks. Leaked advert, touch-screen features added to Chrome OS and code directly referencing the "Link" device. Today, Google has finally released the Chromebook Pixel, Google's first Chromebook.

chromebook-pixel1It has been rumoured for many weeks. Leaked advert, touchscreen features added to Chrome OS and code directly referencing the “Link” device. Today, Google has finally released the Chromebook Pixel, Google’s first Chromebook. 

Chromebooks have been around since 2011, but this is the first time Google is releasing their own Chrome device. The Chromebook Pixel is a premium laptop, which they claim is designed to support power users who are fully in the cloud.

The Pixel’s standout feature is its Gorilla Glass-covered touchscreen display. While it’s the first Chrome device with a touchscreen, its main highlight is the display. It is the highest screen density display ever used on a laptop.

With a screen size of 12.85 inches and a resolution of 2560×1700, it’s aiming directly at the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.


It is a very sleek design, using Apple’s unibody-like construction. It’s a very premium product. The design is finished off with backlit chiclet keyboard, glass touchpad, impressive speakers, noise cancelling microphone and an HD camera.

Under the hood, you’ll find the speediest Chromebook ever, featuring a 1.8Ghz Dual Core Intel i5 CPU, Intel HD 4000 graphics chip, 4GB RAM and 32 or 64GB SSD. Connectivity options include dual-band 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. The usually array of ports include two USB 2.0 jacks, Mini DisplayPort, headphone jack and an SD card slot.

With such a high-spec premium Chrome device, comes a high price. The WiFi-only 32GB Pixel costs $1,299/£1,049 and is available today. A WiFi/LTE model with 64GB is set to arrive in April priced at $1,449. Google has also thrown in 1TB of Google Drive storage for 3 years – something that would usually cost $1799.64.

While Chrome devices have usually been low-cost secondary computers, Google has certainly aimed this device at the high-end of the market to combat Apple’s Macbook Air and Microsoft’s Surface RT devices. It will be very interesting to see if this device will pay off or if the price is too high for consumers.


  • Shaffaf

    i say this be epic fail .. bur if i can load ubuntu on it no probs

  • $1299, are you kidding me? I would gladly buy a surface instead of this.

  • Rick

    I love it, but the price is a major barrier to entry. This should be $699 at the very most, and even then it’s only going to attract the Chrome/Google faithful. $1299 is completely contradictory to what the Chromebook is intended for.

  • shadowguy14

    Oh Fedora would look very nice on this

  • Javier Bastardo

    I know it was only a prototype and nor commercially sold, but isn’t the CR-48 Google’s actual first Chromebook?

    As for the device in question, that thing is beautiful, classy and looks awesome. Specs-wise, I would have liked a little more room regarding the SSD, but since the idea of the CBs is going the Cloud path, I think is nice enough. 3.0 USBs would have been nice, a little more forward-thinking.

    The price… well, the price is horrible. Chrome OS and Chromebooks were supposed to aim at the lower-spectrum of prices weren’t they? All the critics, the mayor critics at least, against Chrome OS is that their devices are way too expensive for what you can with the OS right now. And, even if I support what Google is doing with it, I must agree. $1300 for Chrome OS is way too much. At least at it current state, and that left me wondering, what is Google planing for Chrome OS in the future?

    Also, I just saw a rumor/news that said Google is planing a release of a series of patches to Chrome OS that would other Linus distros to be installed in the Pixel, if their developers ported their OSes to it. A dual-boot Pixel with Chrome OS and the latest Ubuntu Touch? that would be something.

    • jsebean

      The Pixel is google’s first branded chromebook to be released commercially.

      And I agree the price is terrible. If it were more like $800 i’d buy one and load ubuntu on it.