Google testing own built Retina Chromebook?

By , Feb 6, 2013

Word on the street, based on a Google+ post by developer François Beaufort, is that Google is developing a Retina-fied Chromebook featuring a 2,560-by-1,700 resolution (that’s four million pixels for those counting). Surprisingly enough, it would file as the first Google-built notebook as today’s Chromebooks are built by Samsung, Acer and Hewlett-Packard.

For reference, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a 2,560-by-1,600 resolution (2,880-by-1,800 on the 15-inch variant). Unlike the MacBook Pro, this so-called Chromebook Pixel will apparently have touch capabilities of some sort…

Apple’s decision to incorporate multi-touch features via gestures on the glass trackpad worked out well for MacBooks so we’re curious how Google intends to solve touch on notebooks. I’m also thinking Google may find that building an affordable high-resolution notebook is not as easy as putting an ultra-high resolution panel inside (hint: CPU/GPU performance).

According to AndroidAuthority, Francois spotted an unreleased Chromebook in log files with some crazy pixel count. He claims it’s code-named the “Link” and says Google’s currently testing it.

Soon after the video hit Google Plus, the clip was taken down, but we were able to snatch a copy.

The video description suggested that the clip was made by a company called Slinky.me, whose CEO Victor Koch then took to Google Plus to announce that its servers were attacked by hackers.

Attackers than allegedly made several videos of projects that Slinky.me was working on available on YouTube.

By the way, the video top of post is just a concept so don’t get too excited (yet).

“The more pixels we add, the more wonderful the world,” says voiceover.

I like the tagline: “Designed by Google. Down to the last pixel.”

The video conveys the message is a playful manner, very much reminiscent of Apple’s advertising.

Here’s Apple’s simple yet powerful Retina MacBook Pro ad.

Not sure who’s providing voiceover for Apple’s ads, but that radio voice is awesome.

Are you calling shenanigans on this one?

Or could Google possibly be working on a Retina Chromebook?

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  • M Last

    Google tries to do exactly what apple did

  • Ramon101

    This is some serious ripoff. And i would’ve cared about that when a chromebook is in any way a competition to the Macbook, but it’s not…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      I’ve got the Retina Macbook and it’s a total badass! Buy yeah, I definitely agree on that part.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        I bought my rMBP 3 days ago and I still can’t stop playing with it. It’s freaking amazing!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

        I know, right? Have it like 6 months, still love it. We finally agree on something haha :)

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Finally! Cheers to that! :D

      • Falk M.

        People don’t stop making me jelly… *sigh*

      • http://www.facebook.com/soto619 David Soto

        That’s how I’m with my iPad mini, I haven’t touch my MBP since.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

        For me it’s different :S I usued to have iPad usage 120% but with the Macbook Pro + Retina Display… Instant fell in love with it haha ;)

    • Tr1pTr0p

      Who gives a crap? I know I don’t. No matter what they do with their devices and who they rip off… As long as it creates competition, and we, consumers, benefit from it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        Customers do not get any benefit out of competition, rather out of diversity, which is different. :)

      • Tr1pTr0p

        We DO benefit from competition, as it encourages both sides to improve their product and continue leapfrogging each other in order to grab as much marketshare possible. It’s just how it works.

        (AMD and nVidia, for example.)

  • Bambino

    I dont think I have ever seen something so original. Bravo Google…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001180294135 Carson Greene

    I’d LOVE to see this come to market! Chrome OS (next to Ubuntu) is probably my favorite desktop OS out there. Haven’t owned a Chromebook, but if this ever comes to market, this would be my first one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jhonny1x Jonathan Jaimes

    Wow I would love to get my hands on one of those laptop.

  • chjode

    You guys really, really need a Google/Android/Samsung blog for this stuff.

    Sure, you can claim it’s a story about an Apple competitor, but c’mon, you’re trying to be Engadget/Gizmodo/Verge. Google Chromebooks are not in direct competition with an iPad or a MacBook Pro.

    If you ever get confused, look at the name of the site: iDownloadBlog, meaning news on iDevices and iOS. If I want poorly-sourced rumor mongering about future Google products, there’s plenty of other places to read that.

    Also, the resolution is wrong for this non-existent device– 2560×1600 would make more sense as it’s a standard 16:10 aspect ratio and still be over the touted 4 million pixels. 2560×1700 is 1.5:1 (sorta) aspect ratio which is unusual– except on iOS devices (480×320 and 960×640).

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, I buy a computer for way more than beuty and pixels; I buy it, get work done with it. Chrome OS is just a flop when it comes to doing work; for the same pricing of their 24/7 spied on computers, I can get a more private Windows PC that offers a wide range of functionality besides just browsing.

    Would only ever consider buying (though not personally using) such stuff if it were free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122495675 Ali Aledany

    oh nice nice but im happy with my windows and hackintosh thank you :)

  • Hyr3m

    Retina ? Seriously ? Another “article” title fail brought to you by the Zibreg. Didn’t even bother to talk in ppi…

  • Daniel

    I don’t see a reason buying this one instead of their tablet or an iPad.