Google Presents the Chrome Pixel
Google has unveiled its new notebook, the Google Chrome Pixel.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA — The company is taking aim at the MacBook from to draw Apple customers into its clutches. Unlike the first Chrome Books, the Pixel falls into the upper price level as it also offers a high-resolution touchscreen display.
Last week, Google presented new devices that transform elements from tablets to make them compatible with laptops. The notebook will aim at the MacBook market with its high-res screen.
“People will have to give up their MacBook Air,” Google manager Sundar Pichai said at the presentation. “I am sure that in the future everyone will have a touchscreen laptop.”
The 12.85-inch display has a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels – and, according to Pichai, it delivers the sharpest picture of any laptop that is currently available. The Pixel is also equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor.
Google Chrome will be the supporting OS of the Pixel, which pretty much only runs with the Internet as it uses a virtual hard drive. So the notebooks are connected to the Google Drive, which was launched last year. With it, users can manage and save data such as photos, music and documents on the internet so that they can access them from anywhere.
Some people say that cloud computing will be the wave of the future. This unlikely, however, as it limits access to one’s own files.
The first computer with a Chrome operating system came on the market in mid-2011. Chrome OS was running on the laptop, which was manufactured by Samsung, Acer, and Hewlett-Packard. Google priced them modestly to break the hegemony of the Windows operating system. With the Pixel, the company heads in a slightly different direction.
The new Google laptop will be initially available only in the United States and in Great Britain, and will cost approximately $1,300. In April, Google will launch a version with mobile Internet connection, for $1449.