It looks like the Google Chromebook Pixel was real. So real that Google officially announced the device. It is already available for purchase in the Google Play Store if you have to have it right now. This powerful Chromebook will cost you $1300.
So what’s next? Today we’re excited to announce our newest laptop—the Chromebook Pixel—which brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks. With the Pixel, we set out to rethink all elements of a computer in order to design the best laptop possible, especially for power users who have fully embraced the cloud. The philosophy of Chrome has always been to minimize the “chrome” of the browser. In much the same way, the goal of the Pixel is to make the pixels disappear, giving people the best web experience.
The Google Chromebook Pixel packs an Intel Core i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz), with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a backlit keyboard, and a 12.85″ touchscreen display with a 2560×1700 resolution (239 PPI). It is also covered in Gorilla Glass 2. If the 32GB of storage is not enough, you also get 1TB of Google Drive storage free for 3 years. I think you will be okay for awhile.
The WiFi-only Chromebook Pixel is $1,299, and the Verizon LTE model with 64GB of storage is $1,449. That one is coming in about 6-7 weeks.