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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Top Rated Comments

Noble Actual Avatar
121 months ago
The new Retina MacBook really should have at least 2 USB-C ports...
Score: 88 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aluminum213 Avatar
121 months ago
$1000 to just operate google chrome, LOL
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Legend of Ive Avatar
121 months ago
I'd rather pay 300 more and get the Gold Macbook and install chrome.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pcmacgamer Avatar
121 months ago
looks just as powerful and overpriced as the new macbook
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac Fly (film) Avatar
121 months ago
Just imagine the abuse around here if Apple announced a 32GB computer for $999
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
voyagerd Avatar
121 months ago
Does the Ludicrous Speed model come in plaid?
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