Google's rumoured Chromebook Pixel touchscreen laptop will be launched later in the year, according to reports.
The Wall Street Journal has claimed that Google has developed a new laptop powered by its own Chrome OS, and that it will be sold "later this year, according to people familiar with the matter."
It's suggested that Google is making this move in order to "go toe-to-toe with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system" - a reference to last year's launch of the Windows 8 OS, which has sparked the launch of a spate of touchscreen laptop devices among hardware manufacturers.
Two weeks ago, a video leaked onto the net apparently showing off the Chromebook Pixel. According to this, the laptop will have a distinctly MacBook-like design and a super-sharp 2560 x 1700 display.
While the video looked far from the kind of ad Google would typically produce, it was confirmed that marketing firm Slinky (from which the ad emerged) had been compromised a hacker attack.
Even more convincingly, the Chromebook Pixel was directly confirmed by developer Francois Beaufort, who wrote on Google "All I know is that the device is actually tested at Google right now. It has a 4 Millions Pixels 4k Screen (2560 x 1700 = 4352000) and touch capabilities."
The weight of internet rumour is mounting to suggest that Google is indeed producing a touchscreen laptop/netbook to take on the Windows 8 hordes. The question is, are you interested?
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