We have so many notebooks, netbooks and tablets in the current market place and there is no point in releasing a similar device – no matter how big the company is. Keeping this in mind, Google has launched an entirely different Chromebook that looks like a normal netbook but has so much packed under its hood.
The Pixel, which Google is building without a partner, will cost $1,299 for a Wi-Fi only model with 32 gigabytes of flash storage. A 64-gigabyte machine that can connect on both Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE cellular network will cost $1,499.
That’s the same price as the cheapest MacBook Pro with a comparable screen, though the Apple laptop comes with 128 gigabytes of storage.
This Chromebook Pixel includes a nearly 13-inch display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger. The Pixel’s high-resolution screen displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple’s MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays.
A MacBook Pro with a screen that measures 13.1 inches diagonally can handle 227 pixels per inch while the 15.4-inch model is at 220 pixels per inch. Google has been in alliance with PC makers to make Chromebooks over the past 2 years. Among them, Acer has come up with a Chromebook for just $199, while Samsung sells one for $249.
Google strongly believes that Pixel offers better value than the MacBook Air as the latter has neither higher-resolution screen nor touch controls. Google is also throwing in 1 TB of free online storage in its data centers for 3 years. Free online storage is being included with the Pixel to overcome the laptop’s lack of a hard drive.
Like other Chromebooks, the Pixel functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers run by Google or other technology providers.
Google’s deepening involvement in hardware has ignited speculation that the company might eventually open its own chain of stores to sell its products, just like what Apple and Microsoft already have. But when and how are questions whose answers haven’t been known yet.