Google's Chromebook Pixel Hits The Market

The highly anticipated touchscreen will run customers $1,299.

It appears the Google Chromebook Pixel has officially arrived. Weeks after a weird video leaked that began ramping up the rumors about the touchscreen laptop, the high-end Google laptop was debuted Thursday at a press event in San Francisco.

The Chromebook has the highest pixel density of any laptop screen today (239 pixels per inch) and weighs 3.3 pounds. The Pixel is available for purchase starting today on Google Play for $1,299 ($1,449 for the LTE version) in the U.S. and U.K. and will be available on Best Buy starting next week.

In a statement on the company's blog, Linus Upson, Google's vice president of engineering, called the computer "one of the most exciting times in the history of personal computing, thanks to a rapid pace of change, innovation and consumer adoption of devices."

"Our goal is to continue to push the experience forward for everyone, working with the entire ecosystem to build the next generation of Chrome OS devices," he added. "We hope you enjoy what’s next."

Are you rushing to the store to buy one? Let us know in the comments.

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  • GabeLeibowitz

    I'm not sure where Google expects its edge to come from here. It's already learned that its name alone doesn't guarantee success in crowded marketplaces (see: Google+). They are aiming for a HIGHER price point; I guess they're hoping that the hybrid approach of a touch-screen laptop will warrant it, but Windows 8 is already doing that. I don't see this ending that well.