Google announces Chromebook Pixel: a premium Chrome OS laptop shipping next week for $1,299

When Google unveiled the very first Chrome OS laptop, the vision was clear: Eric Schmidt told us that Chromebooks would be cheap, disposable products that you could easily replace at will. Today, however, the company’s taking a different tack. This is the Chromebook Pixel, the first Chromebook designed by Google itself, and it’s unmistakably a premium product. It also just so happens to aiming directly at Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display.