Google Chromebook Pixel Release Date and Price: Available Now For $1,299

Google has just announced the release of its Chromebook Pixel, the latest device in its Chromebook lineup, aimed at "power users who fully live in the cloud" — according to TechCrunch

The basic Wi-Fi version of the Pixel is now available on Google Play for $1,299, and will soon be at select Best Buy locations. The $1,499 LTE version will ship in the U.S. in April (the difference between the LTE and Wi-Fi models is that the LTE version will ship with a 64GB solid-state drive and the Wi-Fi version will only have 32GB).

Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch high-density 2560×1700 screen (that's 4.3 million pixels) with a 3:2 aspect ratio, an Intel Core i5 processor and a 1 terabyte of free storage on Google Drive for three years.

The Pixel's screen has a pixel density of 239 pixels per inch (slightly higher than the 220 pixels/inch on the Macbook Pro with Retina display). And, though the company didn't disclose its hardware partner, Google VP Sundar Pichai said at a press event in San Francisco that "the hardware shines" and that it's perfect for those users who are "really committed to living completely in the cloud." 

Hardware specs:

INPUTS
Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen
Backlit Chrome keyboard
Fully clickable, etched-glass touchpad
HD Webcam 

SCREEN
12.85" display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI
400 nit screen
178° extra-wide viewing angle

DIMENSIONS
297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm

3.35lb / 1.52kg

PORTS
2 x USB 2.0
mini-display port
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC


INNARDS
Intel® Core™ i5 processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz)
Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated)

4 GB DDR3 RAM

32 GB solid state drive (64 GB for LTE model)

AUDIO

Headphone/microphone jack
Built-in microphone array
Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
Powerful speakers tuned for clarity

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Active cooling with no visible vents
Machined from anodized aluminum

ENERGY STAR® certified

BATTERY
Up to 5 hours of active use (59 Wh battery)

NETWORK
Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
Bluetooth® 3.0

GOODIES
One terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage, free for 3 years
12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet

100 MB/month for 2 years of mobile broadband from Verizon Wireless (LTE model). Carrier terms and conditions apply.