Skepticism was abound a few weeks ago when a video leaked lightly detailing a new laptop from Google titled Pixel.  Well, you can shove your skepticism in a sack, because it turns out that that video wasn’t a fake, and that the Chromebook Pixel is in fact real.

Google’s new Chromebook is called Pixel because it boasts a 2,560 x 1,700 resolution, giving the 12.89-inch 3:2 ratio TOUCH display a 239 pixel density per inch.  The Pixel’s resolution isn’t quite as high as Apple’s 15-inch Macbook Retina, but thanks to its smaller screen it does include a higher density of pixels.  And for further comparison’s sake, the Pixel’s display has a 400 cd/m2 brightness, which is said to be 20% brighter than Apple’s aforementioned machine – the Macbook Pro Retina has a brightness of 339 cd/m2 according to Anandtech.

Powering the 3.35lb Chromebook Pixel is a dual-core 1.8Ghz Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM.  You’ll be able to opt for either 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage.  Need more?  Google is offering 1TB of storage in the cloud for up to three years, which as it happens is the expected lifetime of this machine.  Checking the proverbial 64GB SSD box will also score you a machine with a Verizon LTE chip packaged inside, while the 32GB is simply a WiFi only model.

Other features include an HD camera, three mics (some for noise canceling when chatting over Google Talk, etc), a set of speakers that are said to be hidden behind the keyboard, two USB ports, a mini display port, mic/headphone jack, SD card reader, Bluetooth and a 59Wh battery that will purportedly provide 5 hours of use on a single charge.

Google’s Playstore has preorders starting today for $1,299 and $1,499, whereas Best Buy’s start tomorrow.  Expect it to ship sometime in April.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."