Thursday, March 12th 2015

Google Unveils the 2015 Chromebook Pixel

Two years ago, Google introduced the first Chromebook Pixel. The idea was to bring together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks. It's been exciting to see how the entire range of Chromebooks-from classroom-proof to high-end-has made a difference to people at school, at home, and at work. Today, we're introducing an updated and more powerful Pixel to fuel the imaginations of another wave of Chromebook enthusiasts. Plus, we've created a new, online Google Store where you can get the Pixel and other devices made with Google, all in one place.

These days, packing for a trip means remembering to bring all your different chargers-for your phone, laptop, tablet, watch, etc. We think you should be able to use just one charger for all your electronics. So for the new Pixel, we've joined forces with some of the biggest names in the industry to create a new standard for charging, called USB Type C. The Pixel is one of the first products to launch with this new standard, with more Chromebooks and Android devices following suit soon.
Not only does Type-C enable multi-device charging, but it also allows high-speed data and display over the same connector and cable. It's small enough to work with smartphones, powerful enough to charge computers, and conveniently symmetrical (no more guessing which side is up!). Speaking of symmetry, the new Pixel doesn't just have one Type C port-it has two, one on each side, so you can plug in wherever is convenient.

Thoughtful design
Like the original Pixel, the new Chromebook has a high-resolution touchscreen, a sleek aluminum body, and smooth glass trackpad. We've also made a few other enhancements, including a new wide-angle camera lens.

Of course, the Pixel is also great on the inside. It's got a powerful Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. If that's not enough for you, we're making an LS (yup, that stands for "Ludicrous Speed") version that's even faster. And even with the new charger, you probably won't be carrying it around much, since the new Pixel has 12 hours of battery life.* When you do need to top up, it's fast-you'll get up to two hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.*

Shop for the Pixel and more at the Google Store
We've been selling our devices on Google Play for years, but as we've added more products to the family, we thought it was time to make it easier for you to learn more about them. So today we're also launching the Google Store, the new home for the latest devices made with Google.

At store.google.com, you can shop Nexus phones and tablets, Chromecast and Chromebooks, learn more about newer technology like Android Wear, Nexus Player and Nest, and stock up on accessories like cases, keyboards and chargers. You'll see how the Google apps you already know-like Search, Maps and YouTube-work seamlessly with all these products. The Google Store is available on your phone, tablet, or laptop, and right now you'll get free shipping on everything** (consider it our way of saying hello).

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13 Comments on Google Unveils the 2015 Chromebook Pixel

#1
Steevo
A brazen attempt to make a mediocre performing and trimmed down netbook something more with decent advertising?


I notice that the video buffered quite quickly.
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#2
Caring1
It looks good, is it Windows or Linux compatible, how about IOS?
A link to the manufacturer would be handy in news items like this, I want details.
I have a feeling that screen would be a bitch to replace if it cracked, just like a Macbook's.
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#3
night.fox
it would have been nice if they make it like detachable keyboard. What is the purpose of touchscreen if you have a mousepad and keyboard?

it looks nice and looks light as well. windows 8/8.1 would really like this kind of laptop lol
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#4
R-T-B
Chromebooks run ChromeOS, though some of them can run Windows or Linux with some hackery of the bios.
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#5
Prima.Vera
I kinda hate those copy/paste "articles" made from press releases and such tbh....
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#6
Uplink10
The price is hard to beat (overcome) at $999.
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#7
lemonadesoda
Well, compared to the new Apple Macbook, the Chromebook is fat, heavy, blocky and generally looks shite. But then looks aren't everything. If other factors such as weight, featureset, price, etc are good then there's still a market. Specs look OK (see attachment) albeit a bit heavy and clumsy looking. But unlike the Apple where you can bootcamp, with the Chromebook it is bios locked to stop you putting Windows on it without a dreadful amount of effort and hacks, AND it is missing the CMD key, so even if you do get Windows on it, you are struggling without that important key.
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#8
Steevo
lemonadesoda, post: 3253130, member: 29805"
Well, compared to the new Apple Macbook, the Chromebook is fat, heavy, blocky and generally looks shite. But then looks aren't everything. If other factors such as weight, featureset, price, etc are good then there's still a market. Specs look OK (see attachment) albeit a bit heavy and clumsy looking. But unlike the Apple where you can bootcamp, with the Chromebook it is bios locked to stop you putting Windows on it without a dreadful amount of effort and hacks, AND it is missing the CMD key, so even if you do get Windows on it, you are struggling without that important key.
http://www.3dmark.com/search#/?mode=advanced&url=/proxycon/ajax/search/gpu/fs/P/1014/500000?minScore=0&gpuName=Intel%20HD%20Graphics%205500

It sits somewhere between a Nvidia 430 and 440 in power, to drive a 4K slideshow......

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GT_440/26.html

The power consumption is impressive, I get that they must have done a hell of a job making it power efficient, but about half the features are shit due to the lack of power.
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#9
Caring1
lemonadesoda, post: 3253130, member: 29805"
Well, compared to the new Apple Macbook, the Chromebook is fat, heavy, blocky and generally looks shite. But then looks aren't everything.
To me, it looks practically identical to a Macbook, unless you mean the Air.
I think Macbooks look OK too, not shite.
ps, i'm still looking for the CMD key on my Windows keyboard.
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Prima.Vera, post: 3252907, member: 98685"
I kinda hate those copy/paste "articles" made from press releases and such tbh....
Which is why at the front page there's a thing saying "PRESS RELEASE".
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#11
DanielLim
They say one of its top features is its high resolution, which is at 2,560 x 1,700 pixel resolution display.
Unlike the new MacBook Air Pixel have more USB ports, which is a plus especially that the price of the new
Google Pixel is not far from the price of the recently launched MacBook Air o_O
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#12
Prima.Vera
Frick, post: 3253323, member: 23907"
Which is why at the front page there's a thing saying "PRESS RELEASE".
Sorry, I don't browse the front page, I am going directly to the News Forum, where there is nowhere specified this is a copy/paste from a press release.

Either ways, my statement stays ;)
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#13
Caring1
Prima.Vera, post: 3254111, member: 98685"
Sorry, I don't browse the front page, I am going directly to the News Forum, where there is nowhere specified this is a copy/paste from a press release.

Either ways, my statement stays ;)
Same here, I sign in and go straight to the forums and never bother with the home page, anything I need to know should be in there.
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