Google just unveiled the fanciest new laptop in its lineup of Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel. It looks not unlike Apple’s MacBook Pro—with its all-aluminum exterior and high-resolution glass screen—and costs about the same, starting at $1299. It also has a touchscreen.
By this summer, Google and Intel will have 20 Chromebooks on the market including touch-screen versions and at least one tablet convertible, executives say. And nearly all of them will be priced under $350. Microsoft should be getting nervous indeed. In a press conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, executives shared some updated statistics on how well Chromebooks are doing.
The growing popularity of Google Chromebooks doesn't directly translate into more revenue for Google. Google executives reminded Wall Street analysts of that fact on the company's conference call on Thursday.
Google's Chromebooks have proved to be an attractive option for those seeking a simple, cheap laptop on a budget. Microsoft wants that to change very soon. During the company's Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, Microsoft announced that extremely cheap Windows 8.1 notebooks will be coming soon from HP, Acer, and Toshiba.