Chromebooks are known for their bargain-basement prices, but Google's cloud-based computers are taking a turn for the premium with its latest offering, the Chromebook Pixel.
Google's new computer is taking the Windows Surface Pro (hello, touch-enabled display) and the MacBook Air (oh hi, super-thin casing) head on in terms of hardware, but on the software side, the Chromebook Pixel still runs on the "almost zero setup" Chrome OS.
The high-resolution, Retina-grade laptop is the most advanced hardware we've seen in a Chromebook — and cheap it is not. Two versions of Chromebook Pixel are available online and in select Best Buy stores: a 32GB, WiFi edition for $1,299 (ships next week) and a 64GB, WiFi + LTE Data for $1,449 (ships in six to seven weeks).
Those are big numbers on the Pixel's price tag, but the hardware specs do not disappoint. The latest laptop boasts the highest pixel density of any laptop available today, with over four million pixels on a 12.85-inch screen. Click on to get under the hood of the Chromebook Pixel and watch the laptop in action.