SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Google on Thursday introduced its own high-end laptop Chromebook Pixel powered by its Chrome operating system.
"With the Pixel, we set out to rethink all elements of a computer in order to design the best laptop possible, especially for power users who have fully embraced the cloud," said Google in its official blog.
According to the search giant, Chromebook Pixel, with a 4.3-million-pixel touchscreen, has the highest pixel density of any laptop screen on the market today.
Made of anodized aluminum, the laptop also features an Intel Core i5 processor. Although the local solid-state storage is only 32 GB, consumers can get one terabyte of free cloud storage space with Google's Drive service for three years.
The basic Wi-Fi version of the laptop will retail for 1,299 U.S. dollars in the United States. In April, Google will launch a model with built-in LTE with a price of 1,449 dollars.
Announced in July 2009, Chrome OS is an operating system designed to work exclusively with web applications. The user interface of the system only has a browser with a media player and a file manager. All the documents and applications are stored and based in the "cloud," Google's data centers.
Manufacturers like Samsung, HP and Acer, once launched laptops running Chrome OS in the price range of 200 to 250 U.S. dollars. Analysts said the price tag of Chromebook Pixel obviously puts it in the high-end market, but it remains to be seen how the market will react to the Google laptop.