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The Google Chromebook Pixel is real, and will cost you $1300

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The Google Chromebook Pixel is real, and will cost you $1300
It looks like the leaked video about the Google Chromebook Pixel was real after all. Google officially announced the device today, and it is already available for purchase in the Google Play Store. Of course, unlike other Chromebooks, this one isn't looking at the budget audience. Instead, this is a powerhouse Chromebook that will set you back $1300 if you want one.

The Pixel looks pretty amazing. It is designed very well and has some very impressive specs. The Pixel is packing an Intel Core i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz), with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a backlit keyboard, and the real focus: a 12.85" touchscreen display rocking a 2560x1700 resolution (239 PPI) and covered in Gorilla Glass 2. And, if you don't think 32GB of storage is enough, you also get 1TB (yes, that means terabyte) of Google Drive storage free for 3 years. 

Of course, being a Chromebook, you're just getting a browser in a box, which is good enough for a lot of people, but we're not sure it requires this much power, or this high a price tag. The WiFi-only Chromebook Pixel is $1,299, and the Verizon LTE model (with 64GB of storage) will set you back $1,449, and isn't due out for another 6-7 weeks. For comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro (64GB) with TypeCover would only set you back around $1000, and that gets you full Windows 8. 

But, maybe the price tag is worth it if you want to be the proud owner of the very first consumer Chromebook device to be designed and built by Google.

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posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:16 29

1. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Yeah what's the point. I love Google and have an android phone and tablet but would never get a chromebook. I'll stick with Windows 7/8.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 02:25 4

34. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


1300$ ?? thats too much for a google product , better buy a surface !

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 07:27 7

43. sid07desai (Posts: 262; Member since: 03 May 2012)


They're trying to do it the "Apple way". But what they don't realize is that people love google for their affordable products.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 08:20 1

45. wendygarett (unregistered)


Am I the only one here who love chromebook?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:17 23

2. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


No thanks...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:18 29

3. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Come on Google, we expect this sh*t from apple, but not you guys...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:22 12

10. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL...I came here to say this ^.

Late pass.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:31 2

40. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I second that

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:24 10

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Wow, that's one pricey Googadget.

Biggest problem for such an expensive device is the limitation of usability. For that powerhouse of HW you'd want professional programs to run but at least every Android app otherwise what's the performance for? There's quite a competition in the price range, some excellent ultrabooks with full Windows and peripheral compatibility and more output options, but depending on the device lacking in touchscreen and HD+ capabilities.

It would all sound much better around $7-800 knowing it runs Android apps flawlessly, but $1300?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:23 12

12. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Well, Android support in Chrome OS is expected at some point in the very near future. For the time being, you can still install a Linux distro. (This is what I'd do on a Windows PC anyway.)

Still, the specs are pretty bad for what you pay. The screen resolution is phenomenal, the build quality looks excellent, and it does have a touch screen. 4GB of RAM on a $1300 computer? It's not like RAM is expensive -- they could have EASILY put 8GB in this thing. It's only a dual core clocked at 1.8GHz, and the battery life is about 5 hours. Again, decent specs, but not $1300.

And to think that this is from the company who brought you the $350 flagship smartphone.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:38 7

14. quaqua (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


AGREE.
I was expecting this would/should be around US$ 400 - 500.
or, we would have a better device by using Nexus10+ keyboard.
and Nexus10 is android, full featured, compared to this chromebook.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:00

49. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


My thinking is this:
-Make this the Pixel Pro, give it a price drop to about $1000 and a RAM boost to 8GB. Maybe throw in a larger battery for good measure. It should have enough power to compete with ultrabooks at this price point. (And, remember: Windows can probably be installed on this machine if you get it separately.)
-Release a new, ARM-powered Pixel. Drop the storage to 16GB, decrease the battery size, and go for an 11" display. Sell this for something like $600.

I think the problem probably lies in the fact that this is sold as Google hardware. Google isn't a hardware company, and Motorola really isn't known for laptops. If they contracted this out to someone else (Samsung? Asus?), they would have probably been able to get a lower price out of it.

In the meantime, make huge updates to Chrome OS. Google Now and Android compatibility are a must. (I think this is coming anyway.)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:30 11

5. rigorimpossible (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I better buy a Surface...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:12 13

9. papss (unregistered)


I did buy a surface pro.. This is in a space that I don't understand...it's price suggest its a laptop but its abilities say otherwise... Instant fail...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:36

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


wtf the screen looks 4:3

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:44 5

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Look again, the bottom of the screen is located quite high. The aspect ratio is 3:2.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:39

26. nlbates66 (Posts: 303; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


3:2? you sure? I'd consider that worse...

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 03:08

36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Simple math, the resolution is posted.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:10 13

8. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


First apple sells app launchers for $700 each now google wants to sell us internet browser for $1300 with only 32GB memory? Its not even a good media device cosiderin the 3:2 aspect ratio

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:23 2

11. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Sigh, I want it. Will you all.......umm............"donate" to the GMracer1 Foundation?

:D

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:36 9

13. papss (unregistered)


At that price you better start entertaining the idea of selling a kidney :)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:51

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6584; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


simply beautiful & @ 1TB if i have the money I WOULD BUY IT! at least its a bit less expensive than the mac

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 02:53 3

35. eanpreou (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


and a lot less usable.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:07 4

16. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


nah, still prefer windows tablet with native storage!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:09 7

17. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I rather have an ultrabook instead of this browser OS. lol

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:21 3

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4964; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Of course, being a Chromebook, you're just getting a browser in a box"

Enough said.... This would be the first device I would aggressively steer ppl away from.

Like I said in another article.... Google work place had pics of some workers using a Mac book instead of a Chrome book. I would think with a Mac book, one would get a helluva lot more work done than using a Chrome book.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:27 1

19. hanapupu (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


very expensive for a browser, and I wonder how much we have to pay after 3 year storage subscription is end?

and from now on, no Google or Android fans can say overpriced anymore!!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:51 3

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4964; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Uh....its one product. One device. Yes its over priced. But its just one.

Some companies have a boatload of products thats over priced.....

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 08:02 1

44. Aeires (unregistered)


Looks at my beautiful Nexus 4, then agrees with you.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:56

21. nikenturd (unregistered)


For $1300.you can buy a good tablet, a decent Android phone and an I3 laptop....but of course the Cromebook would still give you better bang for your buck ;_0

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:55

28. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Or you can just get a good ultra book or a great laptop. Hell my gf got an quad-core I7 for 600 dollar.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 21:28 1

22. BattleBrat (Posts: 1100; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


You could buy an ASUS Zenbook or macbook air for that kind of cheese, Dammit Google! Noone wants chrome! You guys should try a RAZR in Webtop mode. You plug a HDMI cable in and Android FORMATS to the screen (as opposed to mirroring) and enters tablet layout Android, then the screen of the RAZR itself turns into a Touchpad/keyboard, blew me away, THAT is the future! BUT GOOGLE HAD MOTO KILL IT WTF? I think that Android itself is capable of taking windows on, (admit it, it is very much like a computer Desktop/homescreens, Startmenu/apps drawer, Taskbar/open apps screen (press and hold home in ICS+) Everything is there, just make more complex apps (or should I say programs)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:12

23. jroc74 (Posts: 4964; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just heard a rumor or a guess that maybe Chrome OS is gonna be part of Motorola X?

Maybe thats why webtop was killed off....and falls in line with the rumor that the phone will have all of Google services integrated like never before.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:07

39. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


People dont like change when it comes to their computers. You remember windows vista? Have you seen windows 8? People like the same usefulness with better proformance and maybe some new exciting new features not a full blown now os with a crap ton of stuff to learn.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 07:22 1

41. jroc74 (Posts: 4964; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


But....Win 7 is alot like Vista. If they woulda never named it WIn 7....ppl wouldnt know the difference. Ppl might not now the difference now uness they did some detailed digging. And many ppl like WIn 7.

WIn 8 is totally different.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:23 1

24. Bfrenz (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Took a hint from Apple eh?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:38 1

25. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


No thanks , I could use that money for a better purpose plus windows suits me better

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 22:44 1

27. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


With 1300$ i could get a damn good ultrabook or a nice gaming tower. These specs are horrible for something with a 1300$ price tag. Google you need to up your game. I doubt you guys can compeat with mac and windows who have been established for so long now.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 23:03

29. ojdidit84 (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Yeah, I love you Google but I'll pass on a $1300 web browser box. I'd rather get a surface pro for that price...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 23:48 1

30. Trunks101880 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Sooooo.... 1tb of cloud for 3 years(50*36=$1800) and the 64gb ssd, Lte, Retina display fully functional chrome Os laptop is only $1500?..last time I checked it means $300 off of 3 years of cloud and something to play around with for free. How is this a bad deal? If your going to push the cloud... Give them large amounts of storage at a discount and after a while raise the price back to normal. By the end of 3 years most people (not all but most) will have justified the cost and will just keep it. We'll played Google.... Well played.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 23:57

31. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Come on google this is an apple type of move 1300$ huh?

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 00:30 1

32. Taters (Posts: 3269; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


This is a waste of such a nice product Google. If you can install Windows 8 then I would probably buy it over the pro though.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 02:15

33. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm pretty sure Google doesn't expect this to sell well. If you look at the official product page, Google says it's "for what's next," and it "brings together the best in hardware, software, and design to inspire future innovation," meaning they aren't trying to create a great product that everyone will buy, they're trying to set a standard that other people (manufacturers) will follow.

You all take the people at Google for idiots for releasing this, when it's really just to pave the way for others to make better and more affordable Chromebooks. Not only that, but if more manufacturers make Chromebooks, more developers will make apps for the Chrome Web Store, and more people will be attracted to buying them.

Google knows this isn't going to sell well, and they couldn't care less. The Pixel is "for what's next," and what's next is better and more affordable Chromebooks with more apps that will appeal to all consumers.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:02

38. nlbates66 (Posts: 303; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


best in software huh....

yeah... i'll pass on whatever weed you're on :P

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 07:25

42. jroc74 (Posts: 4964; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


" If you look at the official product page, Google says it's "for what's next," and it "brings together the best in hardware, software, and design to inspire future innovation,"

Technically....that would be what Google said...

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 03:51

37. yero789 (unregistered)


I would probably buy a Windows 8 ultrabook,like Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13,which is 1000-1500$ which depends on features.And if I want to run Android apps on it,I can install Bluestacks on it and freely run Android apps....wow I'm still shocked with the price :D

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 10:42 2

46. Cesar (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Google please don't act like Apple

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 09:27

47. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Me I'd buy it but I want to know if you can use it as a windows computer like can it work without internet cause I heard that if you're not connected to the internet it won't work

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 09:32

48. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Please answer me quick

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