Google has just announced a refreshed version of the Chrome OS powered Chromebook Pixel. While the new model resembles the original one, it offers several upgrades under its hood making it even more powerful.
With the announcement of Apple's new MacBook and the refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, Google wasted little time to show off its latest achievement in the notebook arena. At first glimpse, the new Chromebook Pixel is quite familiar, with its box-like design and Google colored light strip.
You still get the 12.8 inch touch display with its 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. What has changed with the display, is apparently a wider color gamut support compared to how things were before. Also, Google is now offering their premium notebook in two distinct models - the standard Pixel and the LS model. Interestingly Google has left out the LTE version of the notebook.
The standard Pixel comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 32GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, showing that there is nothing really standard about it. The LS model is even more powerful, featuring an Intel Core i7 processor, 64GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
The new Chromebook Pixel comes with two USB Type-C ports that can be used for charging, transferring data, or connecting external devices. That said, the machine does include two standard USB 3.0 ports, along with a full-sized SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Google claims the machine will offer up to 12 hours of battery life, where a 15 minute charge could get you up and running with over 2 hours of usage.
The standard Pixel will cost you $999, while the LS mode has been priced at $1299. Both new Chromebook Pixel notebooks are available for purchase directly from Google.