By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 21, 2013 04:21 PM EST
Google has just confirmed the touchscreen Chromebook we reported on earlier today. Don't expect this Chromebook to be priced like current Chromebooks, or even some Windows 8 touchscreen laptops. Google is going the high-end route with the Chromebook Pixel.
The Chromebook Pixel was just announced by Google and it not only confirms the rumors of a touchscreen Chromebook, it also ushers in the possibility of Chrome OS tablets due to the Chromebook Pixel's high-resolution touchscreen display. Google is highlighting the fact that the Chromebook Pixel has the highest resolution screen that has ever shipped on a laptop.
The Chromebook Pixel features the highest pixel density display available, beating Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The Chromebook Pixel features a 12.85-inch Gorilla Glass 239ppi (pixels per inch) 2560 x 1700 HD touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, an Intel Core i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz), Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32GB SSD for Wi-Fi model or 64GB SSD for LTE model of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, 2 USB 2.0 ports, mini-display port, 2-in-1 card reader supporting SD and MMC cards, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, Bluetooth 3.0, Battery life of up to 5 hours of continuous use, One terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage free for three years, 100MB/month for two years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless included with the LTE model.
Google is stressing that the Chromebook Pixel is a very premium device. Google describes the Chromebook Pixel's design as:
"The Pixel has been engineered with the highest quality components to ensure it's comfortable to use all day long and meets the needs of demanding power users. The body of the Pixel is made from an anodized aluminum alloy to create a smooth and durable surface; vents are hidden, screws are invisible and the stereo speakers are seamlessly tucked away beneath the backlit keyboard. The touchpad is made from etched glass, analyzed and honed using a laser microscope to ensure precise navigation. The Pixel also has powerful, full-range speakers for crisp sound, a 720p webcam for clear video, and a total of three microphones designed to cancel out surrounding noise."
Google is selling two Chromebook Pixel models: the Wi-Fi version will retail for $1,299 and is available now on the Google Play Store, and it will also be sold at select Best Buy stores beginning tomorrow. The LTE-enabled Chromebook Pixel will retail for $1,499 and will ship in April. Apparently the only difference between the two models is that the LTE version will ship with twice the storage space (64GB) of the Wi-Fi model (32GB).