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    News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Watch the leaked promotional video. Is this the real thing, or is this just fantasy?
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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    After the mostly lower-budget targeted Chromebooks we have seen so far surely this one would be quite expensive.
    Depends on whether it's targeted at performance or mobility, surely? This could essentially be a Nexus 10 with a keyboard and ChromeOS, using a not-too-expensive mobile SoC. Or it could run a ULV Core iSomething, and cost the earth. Or perhaps (and we fanboys can only hope) it'll be a major design win for AMDs new Kabini SoC - quad-core Jaguar plus GCN would be pretty damn tasty in a Chromebook...

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Be interesting to see what GPU is behind this screen. We've seen with the Nexus 10 that the high resolution drained the GPU/CPU power. Could we see a real GPU on a Google OS device that could pave the way to some decent gaming.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Given Googles recent pricing trend - Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. I suspect the price will be reasonable if they officially announce these. It looks like a nice little device on the surface, let's hope it has an IPS screen and decent performance and battery life. If you can come in at £600 with acceptable specs it could tick many boxes for people looking for a quality budget option.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    IMO it's not realistic to expect games to run decently at resolutions as high as this on a mobile device, and I see no real problem with scaling them down. The very high DPI might be useful for some stuff, but I've never heard anyone complain about the pixel density of a 1920x1080 24" monitor while gaming. And if the games aren't specifically designed to scale well up to high resolutions, you might end up with a microscopic HUD.

    Also, without meaning to complain again, why does it seem people already use 'Retina' as a generic trademark for something with a relatively high DPI? It's just an Apple brand name for what they consider to be a high DPI, somewhat analogous to calling AMD (or other) graphics cards GeForces.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Would never be 2560x1700 - 16:10 is 2560x1600

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    The fact that this needs an always on internet connection makes it kind of pointless IMHO,and it sounds more like a home laptop as a result.
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 07-02-2013 at 11:29 AM.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The fact that this needs an always on internet connections makes it kind of pointless IMHO,and it sounds more like a home laptop as a result.
    The eventual aim is for us borg to be always connected to the collective. But unfortunately not only is resistance futile most shepple are happy enough to sign into all kinds of restrictions if it's more convenient or iCool.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Quote Originally Posted by kompukare View Post
    The eventual aim is for us borg to be always connected to the collective. But unfortunately not only is resistance futile most shepple are happy enough to sign into all kinds of restrictions if it's more convenient or iCool.
    The thing is though,the Chromebook is really not that cheap TBH!

    If you are pottering around and need a mobile device,you need to add the additional cost of a data subscription too,just to do basic word processing,etc. Not all phone contracts allow tethering and data allowances for phones have got stingier now.

    Moreover,what if mobile data coverage is not great?? I have been to mates places where mobile data coverage is crap and that is in the South East.

    Hence it is really not that portable and is essentially tethered to a home connection.

    But what if you have an issue,with the connection and need to do some work?? It becomes a brick.

    Then,if you go on holiday,how much will mobile data cost in those countries,and will coverage even be the same as in the UK??

    The only reason I would buy a Chromebook is to wipe it and put another OS on it.

    Ultimately,you can get Windows laptops for under £300,which are a better use of your money. Even,a Android tablet is probably a bettr use of your money.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Assuming it's vaguely based on a macbook with retina, it'd be a 13" 2560x1600 screen (1700 was probably just a typo, like my cookbook telling me to bake cookies at 290C ). IMNSHO ~13" is the sweet spot for a portable laptop - big enough for a proper keyboard, but still noticably more portable than a 15" model. Given my current ultraportable is mostly used for web browsing, email and word processing, a Chromebook would fulfill all those requirements. You can even get a few games through the chrome store - casual stuff, sure, but enough to entertain you on a train journey. Add a high pixel count screen and good battery life by running it off a mobile chip, and I'd be all over it

    I'd still like to see a 13", 1440x900 ultraportable with a ULV Trinity/Richland, though...

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    I was just about to say, you could get one and stick another OS on it.

    Also, not entirely sure I 'get' Chrome OS.

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    I was just about to say, you could get one and stick another OS on it.

    Also, not entirely sure I 'get' Chrome OS.
    Yep. Even going on the train,you pass through areas which have no connection at all.

    I actually used a mobile broadband connection as my main connection,for a month or so. Even with me limiting my usage,ie,not watching video or streaming music that much,it was shocking how much data I used,as upload and download are included in the allowance.

    Even in the South East,you will find that mobile data coverage is not brilliant.

    Its just absolutely pointless as a mobile OS. The only reason I would really get a laptop would be for word processing,excel,powerpoint,image editing,controlling equipment,etc - things that you don't need to have an internet connection for. Otherwise,I would just use a Android tablet.

    Chrome OS is a hipsters OS.
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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    .... and since when is 2560 horizontal pixels 4K?????

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    Resistance is not futile.

    It's V/I

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    Quote Originally Posted by azer View Post
    .... and since when is 2560 horizontal pixels 4K?????
    Since it had 1600 vertical lines?

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    re: News - Pixel, a new "Retina" touch-screen Chromebook from Google

    should be called the nexus haha, I think chrome OS has improved greatly over time but still think linux is a better bet.
    Time will tell of course .
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