Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2 has arrived, and I’ve gotta admit, it’s pretty amazing. A significant upgrade from it’s predecessor, and noticeably cheaper.
The original Chromebook Pixel has caught some flack over the years for being excessive in hardware, and in price. But Google never intended for it to be a big seller. The Pixel is and always has been a reference device. Meaning, Google sought to show OEMs what could be done with ChromeOS in the hopes that it would inspire manufacturers to give the operating system a fighting chance. And I think it worked.
Some notable things about the Pixel were the fact that it had a touch screen, it had a high resolution display, a powerful processor, and more than 2GB of RAM.
Since the pixel, we have seen devices with great displays (HP 11), touchscreens (Acer C720P among others), powerful processors (Acer and Dell both offer i3 models, and there are a couple Chromeboxes with i3 or better processors). To date, the Pixel seems to be the only device to have ALL of those features.
As amazing as the original Pixel was, the updated version is no disappointment. The new Pixel sports a high resolution touch screen, i5 processor, and 8GB of RAM. It also comes with something that sets it apart from pretty much any other device at the moment, and that is 2 USB-C type ports. These can be used for data transfer OR charging. That’s right, there are two charging ports. This is nice, because sometimes you’re at Starbucks and the wall is on your left, and your charging port is on the right.
The USB-C type port is huge, because it can be plugged in “upside down”. Meaning you don’t have to try 3 times to plug a USB device in anymore.
Probably the best part about this device? The 12 hour battery life. I have no idea how they pulled this off with the powerful i5 processor, but it’s true. The previous Pixel boasted about a 4 hour battery life.
The original Pixel was priced at $1,299, while the newest version comes in at a cool $999.
Here’s a full list of specs:
- 11.7” x 8.8” x 0.6” / 297.7mm x 224.55mm x 15.3mm
- 3.3 lbs/ 1.5 Kg
- 12.85″ display with a web-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio
- 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
- 400 nit screen
- 178° extra-wide viewing angle
- Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 2.2GHz or Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 2.4GHz
- Multi-touch screen
- Backlit Chrome keyboard
- Fully clickable, etched-glass trackpad
- Up to 12 hours of battery life¹
- 2 USB Type-C (up to 5 Gbps data, 4K display out with optional HDMI or DisplayPort adapter, 60W charging)
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- SD Card
- Headphone/Mic combo
- 720P HD Wide Angle camera with Blue Glass
- 8GB or 16GB
- 32GB or 64GB of Flash Storage²
- 802.11ac Wireless with support for A/B/G/N/AC, 2.4 and 5ghz, 2×2 spatial streams
- Bluetooth 4.0 BR/EDR/LE Smart Ready controller
- High Power Stereo Speakers, Dual Microphones, Headset jack,
- Support for headset with microphone
- Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Integrated)
- Supports 4K video output over DisplayPort™ or HDMI with optional Type-C video adapter cable
- Type-C USB Charger, new industry standard
¹Battery life testing uses Chromium standard Power Load Test at default brightness. Charge time testing is measured by battery capacity increase with lid closed divided by average energy usage during Power Load Test. Battery life and charge time might vary depending on usage and other conditions.
²Actual local storage might be less.
For the official blog post, click here.