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Google’s First Ultrabook

Chromebook Pixel is the first Chromebook designed by Google and the first premium Chromebook. Until now, Chromebooks used low-end CPUs, average displays and plastic chassis. Google decided to change all that and build “the best laptop possible” to inspire other manufacturers. It’s like the first Nexus Chromebook.

But why is it called Pixel? It’s the first Chromebook with a retina-like display, 3:2 aspect ratio and 2560×1700 resolution. Much like Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel uses pixel doubling to make everything look sharp and crisp. The display has “the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today” and it’s a 12.85-inch IPS touchscreen with 400 nit brightness and 178° extra-wide viewing angles.

Pixel has an anodized aluminium body, glass touchpad, backlit keyboard, hidden vents, Intel i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. “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,” informs Google.

Google also includes 1TB of free Google Drive Storage for 3 years. You can also buy a special model with an integrated LTE modem for Verizon.

The Verge has some cool pictures. “There are subtle design touches throughout the machine that help add to the ‘premium’ feel that Google is going for. The fan vents out in the hinge, every edge is subtly bezeled to prevent sharp angles, the speakers are fairly loud despite being hidden underneath the keyboard, and Google even opted to not put labels next to the ports.”

The downside is that Google’s Chromebook is really expensive: $1300 (WiFi)/$1450 (WiFi+LTE). It’s more expensive than Apple’s MacBook Air and most ultrabooks. While it has a better display, Chrome OS is more limited than MacOS (or Windows) and it only became popular when Samsung and Acer started to offer $200-$250 Chromebooks. When you can buy tablets with high-resolution displays for $400 (Nexus 10) or $500 (iPad), the $1300 Chromebook Pixel feels out of place and overkill. After all, you can buy a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and a Samsung Chromebook for less than $1200. An ARM device would’ve been a lot cheaper, but less powerful.

“The Pixel will be available for purchase starting today on Google Play in the U.S. and U.K., and soon on The WiFi version ($1,299 U.S. and £1,049 U.K.) will start shipping next week and the LTE version ($1,449) will ship in the U.S. in April. If you’re interested in a hands-on experience, you can visit select Best Buy (U.S.) and Currys PC World (U.K.) store locations.”

Now Google has a good reason to open its own physical stores.

{ via Google Blog }

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebooks started as an experiment and ended up becoming best-selling Amazon laptops. They’re so popular that more and more computer manufacturers release Chromebooks: Lenovo launched the 11.6-inch ThinkPad X131e Chromebook for schools and now HP launches a 14-inch Pavillion Chromebook.

Today’s Chromebooks are a lot more powerful than the original Chrome OS devices, since they traded Intel’s Atom for Celeron and Cortex-A15, but they’re not high-end devices. Celeron is a low-end CPU, displays are average, build quality is not great. It’s hard to come up with a premium notebook that costs less than $500.

Well, it turns out that Google works on a new Chromebook that features a backlight keyboard, aluminum casing and a high-resolution 2560×1600 display with touch support. Unlike the previous Chromebooks, it’s designed entirely by Google. Here’s a leaked ad for the upcoming Chromebook Pixel:

Nexus 10 has the same resolution and Chromebook Pixel could use the same Cortex-A15 SoC that also powers the Samsung Chromebook. It’s not clear how much it will cost, but the ARM SoC is a better option than a powerful Intel CPU since the device could be a lot less expensive. If Samsung’s Chromebook costs $250 and Nexus 10 costs $400, it’s likely that Chromebook Pixel will cost less than $500. The first premium ARM laptop.

Google Docs Templates, Still Available

Google has recently updated the “Create” menu from Google Drive and removed the templates option from the menu. You can still find it if you visit this page.

Another workaround is to create a document, spreadsheet, form, drawing or presentation, click the “File” menu, select “New” and then “From template”.

Maybe Google finds a way to integrate the templates section with the Google Drive apps, so that it doesn’t open in a new tab.