Chromebook Pixel 2 Debuts

Posted by at 11:31 am on March 12, 2015

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Andrew Bowers, Director of Consumer Hardware at Google, updated the official Google Blog on Wednesday with news that the company has refreshed the Chromebook Pixel laptop. The original version launched two years ago, setting a new standard for high-dollar Chromebooks. With Intel “Broadwell” processors inside, the new model will likely do the same.

The new Chromebook Pixel packs a 12.85-inch screen boasting a 2560 x 1700 resolution (239 ppi), 178 degree viewing angles, a brightness of 400 nits and multi-touch support. Powering this screen is an Intel Core i5 processor (2.2 GHz) or an Intel Core i7 processor (2.4 GHz), depending on your budget.

The updated Chromebook Pixel also includes 8 GB or 16 GB of memory and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. Additional features include two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a 720p wide-angle front-facing camera, an SD card port, dual-band Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500. All of this is backed by a battery promising up to 12 hours on a single charge.

The specs also show that the new Pixel is capable of 4K video output over an optional HDMI or DisplayPort adapter connected to one of the USB Type-C ports. These ports are capable of data speeds of up to 5 Gbps and 60 W charging of external devices.

“Not only does Type-C enable multi-device charging, but it also allows high-speed data and display over the same connector and cable,” Bowers said in his blog. “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 it in wherever is convenient.”

In addition to revealing the updated Chromebook Pixel, Google also launched the Google Store. Why launch a separate storefront? According to Bowers, the devices section on Google Play has grown too large and requires that the company launch a standalone site. Here, customers can check out the latest Google devices, learn more about Google’s Android Wear platform and more. Order anything from Google Store now and receive free shipping.

Google Store is broken into seven categories: Phones, Tablets, Chromebooks, TV & Video, Android Wear, Nest and Accessories. Highlighted products on the main page include the new Chromebook Pixel, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 tablet, Android Wear devices, the Nexus Player, Chromecast and the Nest Learning Thermostat. Customers can even learn about Android 5.0 “Lollipop” by heading here.

If you check out the new Chromebook Pixel on Google Store, you’ll see that the Chrome OS laptop has a meaty starting price of $999. That’s with the Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and the 32 GB SSD crammed inside. If money isn’t an issue, then customers can get the model with an Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD for $1,299.

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