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February 11, 2013

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebooks started as an experiment and ended up becoming best-selling Amazon laptops. They're so popular that more and more computer manufacturers release Chromebooks: Lenovo launched the 11.6-inch ThinkPad X131e Chromebook for schools and now HP launches a 14-inch Pavillion Chromebook.

Today's Chromebooks are a lot more powerful than the original Chrome OS devices, since they traded Intel's Atom for Celeron and Cortex-A15, but they're not high-end devices. Celeron is a low-end CPU, displays are average, build quality is not great. It's hard to come up with a premium notebook that costs less than $500.

Well, it turns out that Google works on a new Chromebook that features a backlight keyboard, aluminum casing and a high-resolution 2560x1600 display with touch support. Unlike the previous Chromebooks, it's designed entirely by Google. Here's a leaked ad for the upcoming Chromebook Pixel:

Nexus 10 has the same resolution and Chromebook Pixel could use the same Cortex-A15 SoC that also powers the Samsung Chromebook. It's not clear how much it will cost, but the ARM SoC is a better option than a powerful Intel CPU since the device could be a lot less expensive. If Samsung's Chromebook costs $250 and Nexus 10 costs $400, it's likely that Chromebook Pixel will cost less than $500. The first premium ARM laptop.


  1. Too much emphasis on pixels if you ask me. High-res is good, but they've all taken it too far. It takes many quality components - and great software - to make a great laptop.

  2. Although I like the idea of Chrome OS, I don't understand why you would want it on a premium laptop.

    If I am going to spend more than $250 on a laptop I would want it to be able to run much higher end applications than just web apps. Maybe if they finally integrate Android and Chrome OS into some hybrid system then I might start to understand why someone would want this but with just ChomeOS, it is overkill.

  3. I want to buy a Chromebook (not that I am allowed to here in the wilds of Canada, half a world away from the US border), but at $200 to $250 for 11.6" screens, there really isn't a lot of value there for my aging eyes compared to buying an Acer netbook and putting Hexxah's ChromeOS build on it. The HP 14" is more my screen size, but the weight and battery life suck. If the Chromebook Pixel is at least 14", has the backlit keyboard, the battery life of the Samsung ARM Chromebook and weighs under 3.5 lbs, I'd pay $400 for it. In a heartbeat. Ninety percent of my time on a computer is on the internet anyway. There are very few things that require a really powerful laptop and I can keep one of those around for the times I need it. And if the Chromebook could somehow provide access to my NAS, i'd be laughing, cause I could even then access my ebooks, and photos and music and there would be very little I couldn't do on a Chromebook. The key will be someway to access files on an NAS, preferably without going through cloud storage, though with PogoPlug, and personal clouds, that wouldn't be the end of the world either.

  4. Yeah, this is totally fake though.

  5. 200 max for a Chromebook, 99 for Chromebox (please Acer). Other than that, I'd be shopping for a Windows based laptop. I can't see spending 500 for a laptop that allows me to use Google as an OS.

  6. Chromebook is the new and faster computer and it offers a lot of apps. So Lenovo and HP has also launched Chromebook thanks for the share.


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  8. I love my Chromebook, which has become my primary computer. I only use Windows when I need locally installed software, which is rare. I love not having to maintain the Windows environment, which is resource intensive. With remote desktop, I can still access Windows from my Chromebook when necessary.


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