The long-awaited Chromebook Pixel successor has finally been released by Google today, along with a new store for devices and accessories. The new Pixel comes in two models which are both priced better than the original Pixel. The first is $999 which includes an Intel Core i5 processor at 2.2 GHz, 8GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD. The second model, if you want even higher specs, comes with a $300 higher price tag of $1,299 and includes an Intel Core i7 at 2.4 GHz, 16GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD.
One of the downfalls about the original Chromebook Pixel was the battery life was pretty poor for a laptop – especially a Chromebook – in the $1,200 range. This is one of the things that they seem to have worked on with the 2015 model, saying that it will get 12 hours of use with a full charge. The charger is also supposed to be able to pump 2 hours of use into the battery with a mere 15 minutes of charging. The charger itself will be a USB Type-C charger and the laptop will include two Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a slot for your SD card. The graphics have been upgraded from the Intel HD Graphics 4000 to the 5500 as well.
The design of the 2015 Pixel appears to be pretty much untouched with the exception of adding the USB Type-C ports to either side of it. It still has the same anodized aluminum body with the etched-glass trackpad and backlit keyboard of its predecessor. It will tote the same 2560 x 1700 resolution touchscreen with the 3:2 aspect ratio as well, which might not be to everyone’s liking. So aside from the internal changes the 2015 Pixel will remain pretty much the same on the outside but should perform much better.
What do you think about the new Pixel? Is a Chromebook worth the $1,000 sticker price or would you rather stay with one of the other models like the HP Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen for half the cost?Source: Google Store
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