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Chromebook Pixel unveiled: Google launches touchscreen-enabled laptop

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Google has revealed its first laptop with touchscreen capability.

The high-res Chromebook Pixel is described as having "the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today".

Google Chromebook Pixel

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Google Chromebook Pixel



Google also wrote in its official blog that the touchscreen on the Pixel will make it easier for users to "organise tabs, swipe through apps and edit photos with the tip of your finger".

As a rival to Apple's Retina Display, the Pixel also features Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and fast 4G LTE connectivity, plus a resolution of 4.3 million pixels. It will also be powered by an Intel Core i5 Processor for speed.

Instead of local storage, Chrome OS computers run applications through a web browser and store files in the cloud - an element some users are finding hard to adjust to.

However, the Chromebook Pixel will run Google's Chrome operating system, and it is hoped that this will be the product to turn around Google's fortunes when it comes to consumers' interest in Chromebooks.



The Pixel also possesses "powerful, full-range speakers" and a 720p webcam. The computer will also have three microphones, which will be designed to cancel out surrounding noise.

Chromebooks have faced adversity when it comes to providing a viable alternative to the much-used Windows-powered computers.

CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber told BBC News: "Chromebooks have struggled for relevance to date, stuck between comparably-priced but entertainment-centric tablets - many of which run Android - and more functional PCs," adding that he believes Google will be looking to the Pixel to be a "flagship device".

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