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Google Announces New Chromebook Pixel With USB-C, $999 Price Tag

Google today launched an updated version of its Pixel Chromebook, which is equipped with USB-C, much like Apple's new Retina MacBook. With USB-C, the Chromebook's 12-hour battery can be fully recharged in approximately 90 minutes, and a 15 minute charge supplies two hours of power, according to Google.

The new Chromebook Pixel features an aluminum body, a 13-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 and an aspect ratio of 3:2, an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage space.

Unlike the Retina MacBook, the Chromebook Pixel has multiple ports, including two USB-C ports, but it can't compare to the Retina MacBook in size -- the Pixel is more than a pound heavier at 3.3 pounds. It also outweighs the standard 13-inch MacBook Air.

Early reviews from sites like Re/code and Ars Technica have lauded the Chromebook Pixel for its design and its fast charging abilities, but the $999 price point is a major downside. The Pixel line is Google's most expensive Chromebook, and at such a high price, the web-focused ChromeOS operating system seems overly limited. Other Chromebooks sell for as little as $250.

Along with the $999 Chromebook Pixel, Google also has a higher-end version, which it's calling the Ludicrous Speed (LS) model. It has an Intel Core i7 Broadwell processor, 16GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive, and a $1,299 price tag.

The two new Chromebooks can be purchased from Google's new online Google Store, which it just debuted today. The Google Store sells a range of Google-branded products, from smartphones and tablets to Chromebooks and Android Wear accessories.

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26 months ago
The new Retina MacBook really should have at least 2 USB-C ports...
Rating: 88 Votes
26 months ago
$1000 to just operate google chrome, LOL
Rating: 59 Votes
26 months ago
I'd rather pay 300 more and get the Gold Macbook and install chrome.
Rating: 37 Votes
26 months ago
looks just as powerful and overpriced as the new macbook
Rating: 28 Votes
26 months ago
Does the Ludicrous Speed model come in plaid?
Rating: 20 Votes
26 months ago
Just imagine the abuse around here if Apple announced a 32GB computer for $999
Rating: 20 Votes
26 months ago
Ludicrously fast photocopiers over there...
Rating: 15 Votes
26 months ago
It is not meant to be mainstream. Google has stated as much.

It is meant to be a developer's platform. It is meant to showcase what the OS can accomplish on high end hardware. It is not trying to compete with the Macbook, and Google doesn't expect to sell a ton.

Again, they have said as much, publicly.
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago
Great spec, the problem is the OS. I even would prefer if its available with windows 8.1
Rating: 10 Votes
26 months ago

We all know the story by now... Gen 2 will pop along with an additional port, and the adapters will drop in price.

And it will be innovative, and revolutionary, and all other laptop manufacturers who release laptops with 2 USB ports are just copying and should be sued into oblivion.
Rating: 9 Votes

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