Google Boosts Pixel to Ludicrous Speed (Officially)

Two years after Google introduced the first Chromebook Pixel (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 8), the company has shown off the second-generation model – with more speed, more power and the new USB-C interface.

The original Pixel was a 12.85″ device with 2560 x 1700 resolution and a touchscreen; the new unit hasn’t changed that. Brightness is still 400 cd/m² and viewing angles are 178°. It is the internal components and features of the Chromebook that are different.

Carrying multiple chargers for all your different electronics is a hassle, says Google, so the new Pixel features two USB-C interfaces, as well as two USB 3.0 ports – and nothing else. Of course, adapters can be used to bring HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity, but Google and Apple (see elsewhere in this issue) are still making bold moves. USB-C enables power (60W) and data transfer at the same time.

Speaking of power, the new notebook will last for up to 12 hours on battery. Fast charge will provide up to two hours of battery life from 15 minutes of connection to a power source.

Voice control is another new feature. The ‘OK Google’ command will launch a Google search, as well as other functions.

The standard version of the Pixel has a 2.2GHz Core i5 processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. Upgrade to the LS version (for Ludicrous Speed) and you will receive a unit with a 2.4GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 64GB SSD.

Both versions are available now, for $1,000 (standard version) and $1,300 (LS version).