Google Chromebook Pixel unveiled as 12.8-inch touchscreen laptop

Google has strengthened its footing in the laptop market, with the Google Chromebook Pixel officially unveiled as the company’s first own-branded touchscreen laptop.

A device “largely built” by the search and Android giant, Google has revealed that the newly unveiled Google Chromebook Pixel will be a high-end effort tasked with reviving the company’s flailing Chrome OS, with the touchscreen device playing host to a collection of specs to rival the likes of the Apple MacBook Air.

“This Chromebook has the highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market today,” an official Google spokesperson told the BBC. “Packed with 4.3 million pixels, the display offers sharp text, vivid colours and extra-wide viewing angles.”

The company added: “With a screen this rich and engaging, you want to reach out and touch it – so we added touch for a more immersive experience.”

Google Chromebook Pixel Features
Lining up with a 12.85-inch multitouch touchscreen display, the Google Chromebook Pixel plays host to a visually impressive 2560 x 1700p resolution with a 239 pixels-per-inch image density, greater than that of Apple’s 13-inch Retina display with a total 4.3 million pixel haul.

A true powerhouse of the laptop scene, the Google Chromebook Pixel is set to pair the company’s Chrome operating system with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB worth of solid state storage and a zippy 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. Further bolstering the laptop’s storage capabilities, each Google Chrome Pixel owner will benefit from an additional 1TB of complimentary cloud-based Google Drive access.

Further bolstering the already specs impressive touchscreen display which gives the Google Chromebook Pixel its name, the 3:2 ratio offering has been handed a Corning Gorilla Glass protective coating and a 400-nits brightness rating, a feature that see’s the display line up 25 per cent brighter than any rival model.

With the Google Chromebook Pixel manufactured by Google, with no third-party manufacturing partner involved, unlike the company’s self-branded smartphones and tablets, such as the LG manufactured Google Nexus 4 or Asus made Google Nexus 7, the company has revealed that the new touchscreen laptop has been crafted “with components that are manufactured globally.”

Wrapping its high-end innards within a luxurious anodized aluminium casing, the Google Chromebook Pixel features list is further bolstered by an integrated 720p HD webcam and a trip of microphones that allow for disruption free video calling. With a pair of USB ports, the laptop also hosts an etched glass touchpad.

Google Chromebook Pixel Release Date and Price
With a Google Chromebook Pixel UK release date set for April 1st, the search turn manufacturing behemoth has revealed that the laptop will be on display at a selection of UK retailers from tomorrow.

Far from an affordable option that undercuts the competition, the new Google Chromebook Pixel price is to see wannabe owners forced to part ways with a hefty £1,049 in order to snap up the new high-end laptop.

What do you make of Google’s new touchscreen laptop? Will you be snapping one up when the device launches in April? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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