Google's LTE Chromebook Pixel to reach buyers from today

Google's LTE Chromebook Pixel to reach buyers from today

Summary: Early LTE Pixel buyers in the US look set to receive their new hardware on Friday.

TOPICS: Hardware, Google, Laptops
The LTE-enabled Chromebook is $1,449 while the standard version is $1,300

US customers who ordered the LTE version of Google's Chromebook Pixel will start receiving them from Friday 12 April, according to the company.

Google announced the slightly-delayed arrival of the Pixel LTE's on its Chrome Google+ account yesterday. Last month it flagged the device should reach customers from 8 April, nearly a month and half after announcing it. 

The LTE Pixel is available to US customers only on Google Play for $1449 and is tied to Verizon's 4G network. Since it lacks 3G radios, it cannot operate on mobile networks outside Verizon's 4G coverage though. 

Google's earlier, cheaper Chromebooks by Samsung and Acer come with 100GB cloud storage valid for two years, while the Pixel comes with 1TB for three years. The standard Wifi-only Pixel costs $1300.

Google unveiled its high-density pixel Chromebook in late February, which sells in the US and UK only. Google has not revealed launch dates for the LTE in international markets yet. 

Topics: Hardware, Google, Laptops

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  • Easy to identify

    Its easy to identify clowns, all that is need is to find out if they own a Chrome book especially the 'Pixel'.
    • Does that make me a triple clown?

      You lumped all Chromebook owners in. I don't currently have interest in the high-end Pixel version, but I bought a Samsung 303 soon after it was introduced and have retired the laptops I used to carry around.

      Based on this success, I bought a second one - waitlisted, since they tend to sell out (quite a few clowns out there, apparently) - as the only computer for my second house.

      Then my wife wanted something to write her novel at the beach. Rather than getting her a keyboard for her iPad (seemed a little awkward), I got her one. Now both our iPads are largely retired.

      All work fine and have become our principal computing devices, except for the two desktops already installed in our main home - why replace what works, and the large display is very convenient.

      Based on about four months experience, the only functionality loss we've noticed is inability to RIP CDs. We didn't realize we still had unconverted CDs until we started to retire the boombox. Had to bring some back North to RIP.

      So I guess that makes us triple clowns. But now my son announced he has one, as does my nephew. So are we triple clowns, or quintuple?
  • It sure is easy to ID a Clown

  • LTE

    In retrospect, I should have bought the LTE version of my Chromebook, the added connectivity would have been nice. But oh well. Props to those buying the Pixel, I hope you enjoy it.
  • Google's LTE Chromebook Pixel to reach buyers from today

    Really not worth that price of $1450. The only people who will purchase this are the media just to try it. Consumers won't go near it.
    • at $250

      my samsung chromebook was a very worthwhile companion device. $1500 for the pixel is just ridiculous though.
      • Why use chromebook

        as a companion device ?? Why even spend 250$ behind it when android gives you more functionality.
        • a few reasons

          1) a worthwhile android device, including a mouse and keyboard to give similar functionality, will be at least twice the price.
          2) carrying a BT keyboard and mouse kind of defeats the portability of the tablet. the transformer tablets have the keyboard dock which makes it better, but will be heavier, and the tranformers are also kinda behind spec wise. they sorely need a refresh.
          3) for what I use the chromebook for (about 50/50 web surfing and office work/remote desktoping to my home PC), it is better at multitasking than android.
          4) easy ubuntu dualboot

          depending on your budget and uses an android tablet might well be better than a chromebook, but for what I use it for and the price the chromebook works much better.
  • Runs Bing fine

    People will still be able to get bogus Bing results on LTE.
    • Careful

      Malware can attack chromebooks...
      • Then stay away from anything Google related

        and he should be safe. :)
        William Farrel
        • Any evidence?!

          What do you think it's the best? Windows? :-P
          Sarcasm can be funny :-)
        • So if I don't use Google

          I can kiss my anti virus goodbye in all my windows machines?!
          Those are good news...
      • didn't you hear

        no one at all could successfully hack into a chromebook at pwn to own?
        • Cool

          A device where it's safe to use Bing ;-)