Google Announces The $1299 Chromebook Pixel With 2560×1700 Touchscreen Display

After releasing quite a few budget oriented Chromebook from Acer, HP and Dell, Google has unveiled a higher-end variant of the Chromebook, the Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel sports a 12.9-inches screen with a whopping 2560*1700 resolution and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The Pixel is also the first Chromebook that comes with a touch screen.

Other specs of the Pixel include a 32/64GB SSD, free 1TB of cloud storage space on Google Drive, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a miniDisplay port, a SD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 4GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz Core i5 processor, a multi-touch glass trackpad and an front facing HD camera.

Optionally, the Chromebook Pixel comes with LTE connectivity and free 100MB of Verizon LTE connectivity for 2 years. Google states that the Pixel has a 5-hour battery life.

The only downside to the Chromebook Pixel is its $1299 price-tag and an $1499 price-tag for the LTE variant. The Pixel will be up for sale in the Play Store with the LTE variant landing in the U.S sometime in April.

 

New Chromebook Can Now Be Purchased From Google Play

Less than a week ago, Google unveiled its new $249 Exynos 5 powered Chromebook. With such a low price and an ARM processor, Google has intelligently positioned the Samsung Chromebook as an secondary laptop for many.

The Chromebook is already up for pre-order in many retail stores and online retailers and should be available in stores by the end of this week. However, beginning from today, interested buyers can directly purchase the Chromebook from Google via its Play Store. As of now, the estimated shipping time is around 3-5 days.

The Chromebook will be the first non-Android running device ever to be available in the Play Store and clearly shows Google’s intention with the Play Store. The Samsung made Chromebook packs in a 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366×768, an Exynos 5 Cortex-A15 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SD card slot and up to 6.5 hours of battery life.

Google Announces A $249 Samsung Chromebook Powered By Exynos 5 ARM Processor

Google has out of the blue announced a new Chromebook manufactured by Samsung. The 0.8-inch thick body of the Chromebook from Samsung packs in 16GB of storage space, 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch screen, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, HDMI-out port, two USB ports and finally, an Exynos 5 Dual processor!

To keep the price of the Chromebook down to $249, Google and Samsung decided to use an ARM based processor instead of a traditional x86 ULV processor from Intel. Even then, the A15 is no slouch as it was initially designed to power servers before being scaled back for other portable devices.

Google touts that the Chromebook boots in less than 10 seconds, and can easily playback 1080p HD videos without breaking a sweat. The whole UI of the Chrome OS has been GPU rendered as well, which should allow for a buttery smooth UI browsing experience.

All potential Chromebook buyers will also get 100GB of free storage space on Google Drive to where they can keep all their files secured.

The new Samsung Chromebook will be available for pre-order starting from today on Amazon, Best Buy, PC World and other retailers. It will hit the retail stores next week, and can be purchased directly from the Play Store as well.

Why Chromebook Is A Dead Meat, For Now

Google recently announced Chromebook that will be available in market starting June 15. For the uninformed, Chromebook is Google’s ambitious project to get into the desktop OS world. What differentiates it from the other desktop OS is that Chrome OS is a cloud based Operating System.

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While for eons we have used traditional Operating System which supports a Hard Disk as a primary storage location, with Chrome OS Google wants you to store everything on the cloud. We already do that on our current OSes. Be it Windows, Mac or even Linux. Our current OS stores all the data on the hard disk and synchronizes with the cloud when we have access to internet. Google wants to change that and get rid of Hard Disks and wants you to store everything on Cloud, as mentioned previously.

It sounds quite exciting and surely is a different way to look at things but again falls in ‘launch at wrong timing’ category. For one, we still do not get access to the Internet in every corner of the city. Like when I’m travelling in train even the 3G stick stops working. In such cases the Chromebook is a just a dead meat for me.

The other grouse that I have with Chromebook is that our upload speed has still not reached the nirvana level. While Download speed enjoys quite a few MBPS, we are still stuck with slow upload speed. And with Chromebook to have everything on cloud, we really really need to take the upload speed into consideration. In my opinion there’s a fatchance for Chrome OS to be a success unless Google implememts their high speed Internet everywhere. For a product to launch, timing is the most important aspect and Google knows that better. Google launched Google Wave which was well ahead of its time. There’s a not so sweet history of products failing because they were launched well ahead of its time. Brightkite was the first to tinker with Social location check-ins but users were ready only when Foursqaure launched its little game. So timing is important and this is not the timing to launch a full fledge cloud based OS.

My last complaint is the cost of the Chromebook. You can get the   Samsung device which comes with 12.1-inch screen with an 8-hour battery life and will retail for $429 (Wi-Fi enabled) and $499 (3G enabled laptop), while Acer’s device will be an 11.6-inch display and a 6.5-hour battery life. Acer’s notebook will start at $349 and up. While it’s still cheaper than its competitor OS netbooks but it doesn’t count the amount of money you’ll be spending later for storing all your data. I’m pretty sure n coming months Chrome OS users would be spending money to access their own data from cloud rather than storing it. In my opinion in coming years storage space will get so cheap that it would be practical for companies to just give it away for free and charge for accessing the data instead.

What do you think? Will you be buying Chromebook when it releases in June?

8 Things You Need To Know About Google Chromebook

The much awaited laptop powered by Google Chrome (a cloud-based operating system) is all set for launch on June 15.

Here are few things that you need to about the all new Chromebook.

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How does it work?

The Chromrebook should always be connected to the Internet in order to make use of its functionalities. In other words, everything will be on cloud and you’ll need Internet to access all of the apps, documents, photos, movies etc. Installing software or updating them, making backup of files or running anti-virus checks and all other PC related tasks will be eliminated as everything will be done over the cloud.

Who will release the laptops?

Google has tied up with Samsung and Acer which will release laptops powered with Chrome OS.

The Samsung device will come with 12.1-inch screen with an 8-hour battery life and will retail for $429 (Wi-Fi enabled) and $499 (3G enabled laptop), while Acer’s device will be an 11.6-inch display and a 6.5-hour battery life. Acer’s notebook will start at $349 and up.

No storage

Since Chromebook is Internet based, all of the files and folders will be stored on the cloud. The laptops will be highly integrated with cloud services and there will be no storage space available. However, the laptop will have slots to plug in other storages devices.

Boot-up Time?

According to Google, Chromebooks will boot in about less than eight seconds. Once it is up and running it’ll check for any updates and will reboot up with the latest version.

Offilne mode?

Yes, you can work with your Chromebook if you’re not connected to the Internet. You can access Google Docs, Google Calendar and Gmail accounts without an Internet connection. (However, you won’t be updated with new notifications/mail if you’re not connected to the Internet)

Security

Chromebooks uses the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. Your files and folders will be protected and will be kept safe.

Availability

Chromebooks will be available for sale from June 15.

Laptop Specs

Acer Specifications:
11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
6 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
High-Definition Audio Support
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
HDMI port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard

Samsung Specifications:
12.1″ (1280×800) 300 nit Display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

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