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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: 290; 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: 2458; 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: 2155; 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: 592; 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)

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: 592; 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: 23; 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: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

wtf the screen looks 4:3

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:44 5

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 03:08

36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; 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?


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 (unregistered)

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: 1256; 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: 6019; 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: 16; 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: 6019; 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

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