While we are still not sure about the Chromebook Pixel’s existence, there is enough evidence to say something fishy (or “jellyfishy”) is going on at Google’s headquarters. We have been hearing of a touchscreen Chromebook for a long time, and bits of code suggest that the Pixel (codenamed Link), or a similar device is in the works. Today we have more evidence for you, along with some possible specs and features.
2560×1700p Display Resolution
The leaked Pixel video promised a screen with 4 million pixels, which would equal to a 2560x1700p resolution. Needless to say this would be a beast of a display, but definitely not impossible. We have seen Apple and others achieve such resolutions, and Chrome has already been optimized for higher definition screens, like the Retina Display.
New bits of documentation ask that developers remove the “High-DPI resource paks” from all boards other than “link”. This means the Link (or Pixel) would be the only device able to take advantage of these high DPI optimizations. Enabling this feature would slow down booting on older Chromebooks. We certainly wouldn’t like that, so what could this new rumored Chromebook have that will keep it running smooth, especially with such a screen?
Intel’s Ivy Bridge Processor Support
A change in the source code includes support for Intel’s latest generation chipset architecture – Ivy Bridge. This would give the Link enough strength to handle such a power-hungry display. It is still unknown exactly which processor such device would host. It could be a Celeron, i3, i5, or i7. Keeping in mind Chrome OS doesn’t need much power, any of these could potentially be a viable option. An Intel Celeron chipset could probably work, especially if we want to keep that price in a comfortable area.
4G LTE Connectivity
This one is big. For a platform that relies so heavily on an internet connection, it is important that users get the best wireless data speeds available. Talks of support for a Novatel E362 LTE modem have been taking place among Chrome developers. This would give users the flexibility to use fast data speeds when away from a WiFi connection.
Chrome OS code now also suggests that support for backlit keyboards will be available. No need to work under well-lit condition anymore!
The guys at Chrome Story have discovered a rather important hint that Chrome OS is going the touchscreen route. “Somewhere between Chrome 25 (beta) and Chrome 26 (dev), the browser’s menu got bigger”, they state. Making it more difficult for mouse control, and easier for touch control, the menus have become larger. Either that or they are getting ready for higher-resolution screens, which would also support the rumor of the Chromeboook Pixel (Link).
We are seeing many changes taking place in the Chrome OS code, all pointing towards a big change in the platform. I won’t speculate and say there is something happening just yet, but I would definitely bet on a Nexus-like Chromebook coming. There is just too much evidence to ignore.