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Google Chromebook Pixel 2 – expected soon

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It’s been two years since Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, a high-end laptop with a high-resolution display, a speedy processor, premium build quality, and a $1299 starting price. Now the company is getting ready to launch a second-generation model.

Details about the Chromebook Pixel 2 (or whatever it’s called) are pretty scarce at the moment, but just like the original it will be a limited edition, premium device aimed at developers. In other words, don’t expect it to be cheap.

The Pixel is seen as the flagship Chromebook, but the original was released two years ago and is definitely showing its age. The fact that Google and developers make up about 85 percent of Pixel users isn’t surprising. While normal Chromebooks are usually a few hundred dollars, the original Pixel started at $1,300.

 

With the premium price came a lot of forward-looking features, like a touchscreen and a high-resolution 2560×1700 display. Both hardware features were used to encourage Web developers to add touch and high-res support to their websites. It also gave such devs a platform to test on. The creation of a new Pixel most likely means that Google has more hardware gizmos it wants to pack into the device to help push the Web forward.

As for what a new Pixel might look like, Chrome has started to close the gap between Web apps and smartphone apps by adding support for smartphone hardware like GPS and accelerometers. Google has also been continually developing Chrome OS features aimed at a tablet, with things like a software keyboard, so perhaps the screen will be able to detach. We don’t know exactly when a new Pixel will launch, but the first Pixel launched at Google I/O 2013. Google I/O 2015 is just a few months away.

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