Is This The Google Chromebook Pixel?

How a leaked video spurred some exciting Internet rumors.

Earlier today a video mysteriously appeared on the Google Plus site of usually well-informed Chrome expert François Beaufort that seems to be the leaked announcement or ad of the much anticipated and rumored Google Chromebook Pixel. If the video is real, the Chromebook is touch enabled and according to Beaufort, has a a screen resolution of 2560 x 1700.

It looks cool--but is it true? The path to Beaufort (and then the Internet explosion that followed) is a little murky. Beaufort found the video on a Vimeo channel owned by Slinky.me, whose CEO Victor Koch is a former Google engineer, TechCrunch points out. In a statement on his Google Plus, Koch wrote "Our all servers were attacked by hackers, and we apologize for the fact that many projects have been shown previously!" but seems to have not commented further.

Anyway, the video is below--if there are any readers out there with more inside info than us, please share in the comments section.


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On Twitter, of course, the excitement continued to build.

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  • S_Deemer

    The more I look at the video, the more I'm convinced it's genuine; it's difficult for me to imagine an art school project that would go into so much detail. If this is a fake, it's a very, very good one, by someone who groks the Google Chromebook design ethos.

    The obvious comparison is with the Macbook Pro Retina, but with just enough differences to steer clear of Apple patents.The Macbook case has more rounded edges and corners (they "patented" round corners, after all), while the hypothetical Pixel is more angular — very much along the lines of the original Cr-48, which is hardly surprising. Other views show the "standard" Chromebook keyboard layout. The power connector appears to be a standard plug-in design, probably a little more robust than the skinny and fragile connector used by Samsung, rather than the magsafe design (one of the things that I appreciate most about Macs).A high-density display uses more power and requires a faster processor to drive it. A faster processor uses more power and generates more heat, yet the case doesn't appear to be very thick, and there are no obvious air vents (but there aren't any obvious air vents on a non-retina Macbook Pro either). Battery life is my biggest concern, but who knows how big a battery they can squeeze into that space. 

  • John doe

    I find it hard to believe that they will come out with a whole touch screen just to be able to launch chrome, I'm thinking Chrome OS will be revamped.

  • S_Deemer

    Touch-enabling features have been under development for Chrome OS for at least a year. I'm not that big a fan of touch in a laptop, but that's in part because the technology is still in its infancy and, other than in pure tablets, I haven't seen a killer app that requires touch on a laptop. Windows 8 provides a good example of how far there is to go in touch UI design.