Leaked video appears to reveal Google's touch Chromebook

The Chromebook Pixel boasts a high-resolution display and a sleek design. Is it real?

Is this Google's touch-screen Chromebook?
Is this Google's touch-screen Chromebook? YouTube

A promotional video for a new touch-enabled Chromebook surfaced today, apparently revealing the first laptop to be designed by Google itself.

As shown in the video, the Chromebook Pixel boasts a 4 million-pixel display, suggesting a resolution of 2,560 x1,700. The display is also a touch screen, in what would be a first for the Chromebook line. No information is offered on the device's internal specifications.

Developer Francois Beaufort posted about the video on Google+, adding: "All I know is that the device is actually tested at Google right now." Google has not yet responded to a request for comment.

The video was apparently created by Slinky, a company that has done work for Google in the past. Victor Koch, Slinky's CEO, said on Google+: "Our all servers were attacked by hackers, and we apologize for the fact that many projects have been shown previously!" Koch tagged Google co-founder Sergey Brin in the post.

Rumors of a touch-enabled Chromebook surfaced in November, when news sources in Asia began reporting that Google was developing a new Chromebook with a 12.85-inch touch screen.

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Update, 4:59 p.m. Computerworld's JR Raphael has a nicely skeptical post on the whole affair noting that Slinky's videos appear to be more fan art than official commercials. He also notes that the Slinky CEO's public pronouncements aren't exactly how you would expect a trusted Google partner to behave in such a situation. Still no comment from Google, though.

(via Verge)

 

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