BY | February 23, 2013

It is one of the best products launched by the search giant thus far. Here we take a look at Google Touch-Screen Chromebook Pixel’s specs, features and price

Google’s latest step has proved that from being a simple search engine the company is becoming more of a hardware company, launching smart-phones tablets and now top quality touch screen chromebooks. The whole transformation from a simple search giant to a hardware vendor has been very swift indeed.

Till early last year, Google rarely dabbled in hardware. It occasionally introduced its handsets once every year and that was that. But it suddenly went on an offensive and launched its very well received 7-inch tablet in the market that was also priced very shrewdly. Suddenly it became an important tablet player thanks to skyrocketing sales and great reviews that it got from almost every reviewer.

Many say that Cupertino based Apple that was happily manufacturing 10 inch iPad tablet felt so much threatened with the popularity of Google’s 7-incher that it also jumped in the fray and introduced a 7.85 inch tablet iPad Mini, without Retina display. Its Nexus 4 was another piece of very intelligent planning where it priced so low, despite all the top specs, that it looked certain to affect the market leader. Besides, its 10 inch tablet with better than Apple’s Retina Display set the tongue wagging

But the latest launch is the most important step of the company to become a real threat to the market leader Apple. The touschscreen laptop is branded Chromebook Pixel and will launch commercially next week. The inspiration behind Chromebooks was to develop a faster, simple and secure computing as Google has revealed.

Google Chromebooks are based on Google’s operating system called Chrome OS. The laptops based on Chrome OS perform basic functions, and show their full potential only when connected to the internet.  Most of the device’s storage is based on the cloud and uses as much internet resources for regular computing as possible to minimize system load. The operating system uses Google’s online products such as Gmail, Google Docs and Google Music to access the suitable file. Chromebooks have seen many tech companies partner with Google just as in the case of Nexus devices or Google’s mobile operating system, Android. Previously Chromebooks have been developed in partnership with Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, and HP. But this time Google has dived solo, building its own hardware. These notebooks are reported to have a market share of around 10 percent and some of them have gone on to become bestseller in their categories. But none of them had a touchscreen when it is gradually becoming a norm on laptop these days, and to face competition from those devices and to set some new benchmark, Google is here with Chromebook Pixel.

It is being compared with the best in the market. The touchscreen Chromebook will see it compete head to head with laptops running Microsoft Windows 8. The Chromebook Pixel packs in some amazing features which make the device a hot favorite for many, even before it is launched. The Chromebook Pixel has a backlit chrome keyboard which makes typing in the dark much easier. The touchpad is fully clickable and has an etched glass cover. The display size is of 12.85” having a resolution of 2560 x 1700 at 239 ppi, which help display pictures with nice clarity. The device weighing 1.52 Kilograms is powered by Intel Core i5 1.8 GHz dual core processor and an integrated high definition graphics cards. The device also boasts of 4 GB DDR3 RAM and is available in two memory options, 64 GB hard drive for LTE models and non-LTE versions having 32 GB of storage. The low hard drive space is in a way compensated by three years of free Google Drive cloud storage offering a mammoth storage of 1 terabytes. The laptop is able to last 5 hours on single charge with average daily usage.

The pricing policy of the search giant has been very intelligent throughout its existence. The Chromebook Pixel bears a price tag of $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only version and the Wi-Fi – LTE version would retail at around $1,449. The device is seeing a US-only release at the moment and will be available on Google’s Play Store and there has been no official word on the laptop’s availability in other parts of the world. Google fans are certain to fall for it. But many others will certainly buy the Pixel.

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