Along with a fancy new hardware-focused Google Store, there's a shiny new version of the super-premium Chromebook. Google just threw the Chromebook Pixel 2015 up on its page in two models: one with an Intel Core i5 2.2Ghz processor for $999 (considerably less than the original) and one with a 2.4Ghz Core i7 for $1299. Sales appear to be limited to the United States at the moment.
The i5 model is ostensibly the low-end version, but even that is fairly super-powered compared to other Chromebooks. It comes with a 32GB SSD drive for storage and a generous 8GB of RAM - double the original Pixel and twice as much as any current Chromebook on the market. The i7 model is super high-end: 64GB of storage and 16GB of RAM for more tabs than you can shake a stick at. Video has been upgraded to the latest Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics chip.
Both models include the original metal case design and the distinctive 3:2 touchscreen with a resolution of 2560x1700. The battery has been upgraded to a quick-charge model that Google claims will get two hours of use on a 15-minute charge. It's also rated for 12 hours of total life, a major improvement on the original. It uses the new Type C charger so prominently featured on the new Macbook design, complete with 4K video-out, and the laptop also includes two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot.
Naturally the software is Google's Chrome OS, with the latest updates automatically downloaded. There were rumors of a dockable tablet model and dual-boot for Android, but that appears to have been false, at least for now. The Chromebook Pixel is currently shipping in one to two days.
Update: Here's the full set of specifications for the new model:
- 11.7” x 8.8” x 0.6” / 297.7mm x 224.55mm x 15.3mm
- 3.3 lbs/ 1.5 Kg
- 12.85" display with a web-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio
- 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
- 400 nit screen
- 178° extra-wide viewing angle
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 2.2GHz or Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 2.4GHz
- Multi-touch screen
- Backlit Chrome keyboard
- Fully clickable, etched-glass trackpad
- Up to 12 hours of battery life¹
Ports & Connectors
- 2 USB Type-C (up to 5 Gbps data, 4K display out with optional HDMI or DisplayPort adapter, 60W charging)
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- SD Card
- Headphone/Mic combo
- 720P HD Wide Angle camera with Blue Glass
- 8GB or 16GB
- 32GB or 64GB of Flash Storage²
- 802.11ac Wireless with support for A/B/G/N/AC, 2.4 and 5ghz, 2x2 spatial streams
- Bluetooth 4.0 BR/EDR/LE Smart Ready controller
- High Power Stereo Speakers, Dual Microphones, Headset jack,
- Support for headset with microphone
- Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Integrated)
- Supports 4K video output over DisplayPort™™ or HDMI with optional Type-C video adapter cable
- Type-C USB Charger, new industry standard
- Google Store