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February 21, 2013

Curiosity: Google reveals Chromebook Pixel with 4mp display (2560x1700) with 3:2 ratio and Core i5 CPU (speculation: is this linked to the Nik Software purchase?)

If the choices of existing operating systems for power laptops drive you crazy, a new option has arrived today, the Google Chromebook Pixel. It has a 4-megapixel display, 2560 by 1700 which is a 3:2 ratio. It is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB memory, 32GB on-board SSD, SD card reader, Intel HD 4000, and comes with 1TB of Google cloud storage free for three years. The price is $1300.

The display is 12.85-inch touch-screen with a 239 pixels/inch density which beats most laptops including Apples.

It will be interesting to see what Google does to make it enticing for the digital creatives. Surely, they haven't released a $1300 power-laptop just for general purpose usage? You can do that with the $250 Chromebook.

SPECULATION: could it be that their purchase of Nik Software was not actually focused on Snapseed but the other software Nik Software made? They could use the know-how from those to build powerful image editing tools for the Chromebook Pixel through the Chrome Web App Store? This paragraph is pure speculation!

The starting price is $1,300 for the Wi-fi model and can be purchased online from the Google online store or at select Best Buy stores in the US.

Hands on at The Verge. More at Tech Crunch and Ars Technica and even more via Techmeme.

Here is the official Google website for the Chromebook Pixel and the announcement at the Google blog.

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