The top-end Chromebook Pixel today got a spec bump with the latest 5th-generation Intel Core processors and USB-C ports.
The new Pixel looks a lot like the old, maintaining the same slab styling as its predecessor. But it's still subtly different, measuring nearly 1mm thinner and 0.1 pounds lighter. The display is the same 3:2 ratio 12.85-inch 2450x1700 panel that we loved on the previous edition, complete with multitouch and 400 nit brightness. What's truly new is what's on the inside.
The latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are available in the new Pixel. You can get the i5 clocked at 2.2GHz or the i7 running at 2.4Ghz — more than enough grunt for Chrome OS. That's paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The Pixel has also dropped the Mini DisplayPort monitor output of its predecessor in favor of a pair of reversible USB-C ports which also serve as the charging port (ala the new Apple MacBook announced earlier this week). The radios have been bumped up to Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
Much of the rest of the Chromebook Pixel remains the same, including a choice of 32GB or 64GB internal flash storage and an SD card slot. But all of this combined makes for a Chromebook that gets up to 12 hours battery life, compared to the 5 hours of the previous Pixel.
The new Pixel's still a lot of Chromebook, and you'll pay accordingly for the privilege of using the most top-shelf components to run Chrome OS: $999 for the Core i5 with 32GB storage, or $1299 for a Core i7 with 64GB of storage. Both editions are scheduled to ship in 1-2 business days.