The Chromebook Pixel was one nice looking computer, but it didn’t get a lot of praise since it only ran Chrome OS. I personally love mine, but I can certainly understand the complaint of paying over $1,000 for something that doesn’t do a whole hell of a lot.
Now two years later, and Google is upping the anti with better hardware and slight price drop.
The new Chromebook Pixel (2015) sports a 2.85″ 2560×1700 IPS LCD, an Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD 5500 GPU, 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 59 Wh battery, 2 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB3, 3.5mm audio, SD card, and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0.
The size of the new Pixel is identical to the original, which is 11.72 x 8.84 x 0.64 inches.
Probably the biggest positive change is the battery life, which Google says is 12 hours. Comparing that to 5 hours for the original Pixel, that is more than double. Another major change is the added USB Type-C connectors, which is what debuted on the new Apple MacBook earlier this week. Google will offer accessories to allow the connection of older USB devices.
The new Pixel will run $999, which is $300 less than the original. It doesn’t look like they will offer an LTE version, but they will offer an LS version. LS stands for “Ludicrous Speed” and it has an upgraded i7 processor along with double the flash storage (64 GB). It will be priced at $1,299.
The new Chromebook Pixel won’t be a major seller, but it’s the perfect simple computer for those that have a lot of extra cash in their wallet. I love my original so I am tempted.