Two years ago, Google launched its Chromebook Pixel, a power-oriented, ultra-high-end Chrome OS laptop with a very high definition screen.
Today, the firm presents its Chromebook Pixel 2, a laptop whose appearance does not really change and whose changes occur internally with ever more power.
Visually, we will not notice any change between the two versions, except that the Chromebook Pixel 2 is a millimeter thinner and weighs 2 grams less than the old version. The screen does not change either and remains at the 12.85 inch panel with a definition of 2560 x 1700 pixels for 239 ppi, all offering multi-touch touch functionality.
It is internally that we must seek to identify this new version. The Chromebook PIxel 2 is available in two models, one classic and the other LS (Ludicrous Speed) for prices of 999 and 1299 dollars respectively.
The first version opts for an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz associated with 8 GB of RAM and 32 GB of SSD storage. The faster version opts for its part for an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.4 GHz associated with 16 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
Google mentions autonomy of 12 hours with a charge of 15 minutes allowing 2 hours of operation.
The Chromebook Pixel 2 also has two reversible USB Type-C ports, like the new MacBook, one of these sockets will be used to charge the device.
The question that arises is then the same that arose when the first Chromebook was released: What good is it to have so much power under an OS as limited as Chrome OS? No application offered on the Chrome OS Store can really operate this type of machine, and overall, the OS still displays limited capacities in the IT field. Difficult to believe that Google will sell many of these machines when the bulk of sales of its Chromebooks is at the entry level, but also and above all through partnerships with schools around the world.