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Google’s New Chromebook Pixel 2 Has A USB-C Port & A Surprising Price

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A new Chromebook model is ready to take on Apple’s new MacBook with its two USB-C ports and premium design. (Image courtesy of Google)

While Apple has made a lot of noise when it launched the incredibly thin MacBook model, Google decided to quietly unveil its new Chromebook Pixel model via its website. The latter is no match with the former?s insane minimalism and svelte profile, but Google?s new offering brings in some really promising features.

Design

The Chromebook Pixel 2 sports an aluminum body with a 13-inch touchscreen display that packs a 2560 x 1700 resolution. In the dimensions department, the new ChromeBook can?t compare to Apple?s fresh MacBook model — the Pixel 2 is more than one pound heavier at 3.3 pounds. But here comes the better part; where the MacBook only has one USB-C port, the ChromeBook Pixel has two of them. Both devices doesn?t come with separate power connector and display port (i.e. HDMI) because USB Type-C can handle those functionalities. If you want to know about the USB-C, we?ve just posted this article discussing its features and how it affects Apple?s new MacBook model.

Price

We know that Chromebooks are supposed to be cheap. It?s not hard to find a good one that?s more than $300. While some may find that this line of laptops is somewhat deficient in terms of specs, its cost is certainly reasonable given its limited features.

There?s only one type of Chromebook that blatantly goes against that grain, Google?s own ChromeBook Pixel. The new model come with a steep price of $999. The Big G tries hard to defend that price point by saying that their new product is made of high-quality hardware. That may be true but on the software-side, this ChromeBook Pixel 2015 Edition doesn?t really do much more than other regular ChromeBooks out there.

To be fair, the new Pixel truly possesses a premium-looking design and early reviews from Ars Technica and Re/Code agrees with that observation. We just can?t take in the fact that it is five times more expensive than the usual model. Nevertheless, the ChromeBook Pixel 2 is still $300 cheaper than its predecessor. So we can relax knowing that Google is in the right direction, price-wise.

Specs sheet

Here?s the rest of the ChromeBook Pixel 2015?s specifications. AnandTech made a good job of providing a table that lists both the original land the current Pixel?s specs so we can quickly see how much it improved.

Specification / ModelChromebook Pixel (2013)Chromebook Pixel 2 (2015)
Dimensions
  • 11.72 x 8.84 x 0.64″
  • 11.72 x 8.84 x 0.64″
Mass
  • 1.52kg
  • 1.52kg
CPU
  • Core i5-3337U (2 cores + HT)
  • Core i5-5200U (2 cores + HT)
L3 Cache
  • 3MB
  • 3MB
CPU Speed
  • 1.8GHz
  • 2.2GHz
Max CPU Turbo
  • 2.7GHz
  • 2.7GHz
GPU
  • Intel HD 4000
  • Intel HD 5500
System Memory
  • 4GB DDR3L-1600
  • 8GB DDR3L-1600
Storage
  • 32GB SSD
  • 32GB
Display
  • 12.85″ 2560×1700 IPS LCD
  • 12.85″ 2560×1700 IPS LCD
Battery
  • 59 Wh
  • 59 Wh
Ports
  • 2 x USB2, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio,
  • 2 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB3, 3.5mm audio, SD card
Connectivity
  • 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n + BT 3.0
  • 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0
Launch Price
  • $1299
  • $999


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