Microsoft isn’t the only tech giant designing its own laptops.

Google today debuted a premium Chrome OS-based laptop called the Chromebook Pixel that starts at $1,299. It’s a far cry from Google’s first Chromebook, a netbook-like device that goes for as cheap as $249.

The Chromebook Pixel looks very much like a Macbook Pro. It’s designed for the power user with 4GB of RAM and 32GB and 64GB SSD storage options, along with 1 terabyte of free cloud storage. There’s also a dual-core 1.8-gigahertz Core i5 processor.

The laptop has a 12.85-inch touchscreen and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Google says that the Pixel has the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today and sports an impressive 2560 by 1,700 resolution. 

“With a screen this rich and engaging, you want to reach out and touch it—so we added touch for a more immersive experience,” writes Linus Upson, Google’s VP of engineering.

Like the Chromebook, the Chromebook Pixel uses the Chrome OS and only runs web applications. The laptop, built from aluminum alloy, also has a backlit keyboard and a touchpad etched from glass. There is a 720p Webcam for video chats, and three built-in microphones to cancel out background noise. You can also buy an LTE-equipped model for $1,449.

You can buy it today on Google Play and soon on BestBuy.com. So, are you willing to shell out some serious dough for Google’s newest product? Vote below.

 

Comments

  • Allen

    Wow- and people thought the Surface was overpriced.

  • Bill

    this is a joke right? Chromebooks are normally priced at $250 – $299 the most.

  • guest

    Makes even less sense than a Surface!

  • Guest

    I’d buy it if I could run a more full-featured operating system that works even when I’m not connected to the Internet. What’s the price for a Pixel with Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”?

    • guest

      You really want an expensive Mac/Win8 machine with 32GB of disk??

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

    This is priced well out of range of one of the target markets for one of the earlier Chromebooks, K-12 education. Definitely consumer market.

  • Puzzled

    What Web App takes advantage of all that memory?

  • Guesstimate

    This Chromebook does not compete with Surface. Frankly I don’t know what competes with Surface as there does not seem to be a market for it. This Chromebook seems somewhat positioned to compete with Apple’s MBP. Or to have something shiny, expensive and elitist for the Fortune 500 executives to lure them in.

    With that screen I would love to use the Pixel for development but then it needs to have a full Operating System (and at least 8GB mem and more storage). If Google were to sell them with Red Hat (RHEL/Fedora) I bet they sell more Pixels in a week than Microsoft will sell Surfaces in a year.

    The inadequate local storage leaves you little choice but to put your data in Google’s cloud where it can be happily mined and processed. So you pay at least $1,299 for a Pixel and your data can still be mined by Google?! I get that if the product is free but at these prices, no thanks.

    So Google raises the hardware bar once again. Now it’s only time before their hardware partners follow and come up with something similar minus the Google limitations. If not a Pixel-like device then hopefully at least a 9.7″/10.1″ tablet with a Pixel-like (housing and) screen, a slot for SD cards, 802.11n/3G/LTE, GPS, HD cams, a keyboard and at least Android 4.2.2 with Enterprise features.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

      I think the Surface is great and I know lots of people who bought one. And no, none of us work for Microsoft.

    • guest

      Surface RT is going to look like a monster hit compared with this thing.

  • GG002

    Yeah… makes Surface Pro look pretty damn good now.

  • joecassara

    Move the decimal point in the price once to the left. Then you’ll have my attention.

  • guest

    Google is making Microsoft look good!! This makes the Surface look low-priced. And having two incompatible operating systems-Android and ChromeOs-Google is making all those different incompatible Windows look not so bad.

  • guest

    whiskey tango foxtrot??? I voted no because the “No way in hell” option wasn’t offered.

  • http://twitter.com/stevebanfield Steve Banfield

    Not sure why everyone is so negative on this product. It’s a better version of an already good laptop. Yes the price is high but with the cost of Google storage it’s like getting a free laptop and cloud space at a discount when you prepay for 3 years. I’ve included some other thoughts on why there’s a case for the Pixel here http://stevebanfield.net/2013/02/22/the-case-for-the-chromebook-pixel/

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