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Google unveils the new Chromebook Pixel

by on12 March 2015

More powerful, cheaper and with better battery life

There have been plenty of rumors regarding a new Google Chromebook Pixel notebook for quite some time. Today, Google pulled the old Chromebook Pixel from the Play Store and replaced it with a new one.

While still retaining the same boxy design with rather sharp edges, Google has included some impressive upgrades on the hardware side. The precise dimensions of the new Chromebook Pixel are 297.7mm x 224.55mm x 15.3mm and it weighs 1.5kg. The new Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch touchscreen with 2560x1700 resolution (239 ppi), 400 nits of brightness and 178 degree viewing angles, as well as multi-touch support.

The base version starts with a yet to be detailed Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz CPU, 8GB of memory and 16GB of storage. In addition to the base version, Google will offer LS version which features an Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.4GHz, 16GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Google also added two new USB Type-C ports to the new Chromebook Pixel which can be used for charging, transferring data or even as an display output. In addition to the two USB Type-C port, the new Google Chromebook Pixel also comes with SD card reader, headphone jack and two standard USB ports, but lacks HDMI, DisplayPort or any other display output.

In addition to hardware changes, the new Chromebook Pixel also has an improved "smooth glass" trackpad and keyboard, a 720p wide-angle camera, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 and a much better bettery that should keep it alive for up to 12 hours on a single charge, which is definitely a nice improvement. Google also noted that there are plenty of other design improvements that hides vents and such things from view.

As noted, Google made the new Chromebook Pixel cheaper so the standard model starts at US $999 while the LS one costs US $300 more, US $1,299.

Both should be available at Google's new Google Store.


Last modified on 13 March 2015
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