Leaked video seems to reveal high res touchscreen Google Chromebook


So far, Google has let PC OEMs such as Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and most recently HP make notebooks using the Chrome OS. Now there's a new video that seems to suggest that Google is working on a new Chromebook that it has designed themselves.

The video was first posted by developer Francois Beaufort on his Google+ page but was later taken down. The website Android Community managed to make a copy and posted it on its DailyMotion.com page. The video looks like it was made by a professional marketing agency and promises that this new laptop has a high resolution display (Beaufort says it is 2560 x 1700) along with touchscreen features.

Beaufort suggests that this clip was made by a company called Slinky.me. Oddly enough, the company's official website is now showing a message from its CEO claiming that its servers were hacked into; it's possible that's how this clip popped up on the net.

Even if the video is authentic, it still doesn't mean that this project is one that's in active development by Google. It's possible that the video was made simply as an example of what Slinky.me can do with a marketing concept. Still, it would not surprise us if Google was indeed working on its own in-house Chromebook notebook.

Source: Android Community

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Most websites are still designed for a 1024 horizontal resolution so is there really a point? I'd rather have an higher quality screen without those awful visible gray pixel grids that are plaguing the lower end models instead of some crazy-resolution display that for common usage is just an huge waste of CPU/GPU power. Apple Retina Macbooks are working by default at a much lower resolution that the panel's supports (1/4 of the real resolution!) yet everybody praises them, I think that says it all.

francescob said,
Most websites are still designed for a 1024 horizontal resolution so is there really a point? I'd rather have an higher quality screen without those awful visible gray pixel grids that are plaguing the lower end models instead of some crazy-resolution display that for common usage is just an huge waste of CPU/GPU power. Apple Retina Macbooks are working by default at a much lower resolution that the panel's supports (1/4 of the real resolution!) yet everybody praises them, I think that says it all.

If it had been any one else who had made computers like the so called "Retina" macbook then no one would care. The keyword in your sentence about them, is "Apple". That one word is the only reason anyone cares. Makes no sense.

SharpGreen said,

If it had been any one else who had made computers like the so called "Retina" macbook then no one would care. The keyword in your sentence about them, is "Apple". That one word is the only reason anyone cares. Makes no sense.


I'm sitting right here with a 15" Retina display and you simply don't know what you're talking about. Suddenly all typography on the web look awesome. I can turn off antialiasing everywhere because there are no jagged edges anywhere. ClearType? There's no point. Blurry DirectDraw fonts in some sizes? No longer exists. It's like reading paper. Browsing a photo gallery? The thumbnails alone are enough to tell whether some of my shots were in focus or not. I don't even need to open them in full screen. I can already see the sharpness. All photos look like the crispest of prints. I'm not sure how else I'm going to explain this. Uh, maybe imagine the porn?

Fortunately, it's not long now that all premium laptops will have these kinds of screens. I give it to mid-late 2013. Apple had a year's head start, but I doubt much more than that. I can't wait.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 6 2013, 11:07pm :

francescob said,
Most websites are still designed for a 1024 horizontal resolution so is there really a point? I'd rather have an higher quality screen without those awful visible gray pixel grids that are plaguing the lower end models instead of some crazy-resolution display that for common usage is just an huge waste of CPU/GPU power. Apple Retina Macbooks are working by default at a much lower resolution that the panel's supports (1/4 of the real resolution!) yet everybody praises them, I think that says it all.

The problem is not the width, but height.

Web browsing benefits incredibly from height, hence, 16:10 devices excel in this department.

Northgrove said,

I'm sitting right here with a 15" Retina display and you simply don't know what you're talking about. Suddenly all typography on the web look awesome. I can turn off antialiasing everywhere because there are no jagged edges anywhere. ClearType? There's no point. Blurry DirectDraw fonts in some sizes? No longer exists. It's like reading paper. Browsing a photo gallery? The thumbnails alone are enough to tell whether some of my shots were in focus or not. I don't even need to open them in full screen. I can already see the sharpness. All photos look like the crispest of prints. I'm not sure how else I'm going to explain this. Uh, maybe imagine the porn?

Fortunately, it's not long now that all premium laptops will have these kinds of screens. I give it to mid-late 2013. Apple had a year's head start, but I doubt much more than that. I can't wait.

Not quite sure what that had to with what I said....but ok. You don't have to tell me about high DPI screens. My phone has one and it is awesome, I agree. But that's beside the point.
The only reason I said no one would care if it was Apple, is because when corps first tried doing ultra high res many years ago (using resolutions that are now-a-days pretty common) very few people actually bought them.

Ultra high res screens have been around for years, and it's only been in the year or so since Apple released their take on it that it's really started catching on.

It was only a matter of time before they copied MS with touchscreen laptops. Yes an extremely limited laptop that isn't even as capable as an Android tablet, but it's still the same laptop form factor. All Google do is copy MS and go after their pie, when they're not copying Apple that is.

1Pixel said,
It was only a matter of time before they copied MS with touchscreen laptops. Yes an extremely limited laptop that isn't even as capable as an Android tablet, but it's still the same laptop form factor. All Google do is copy MS and go after their pie, when they're not copying Apple that is.

What? Touch screen is the way everything is going. MS copied touch screen tablets for their Surface if you want to get picky about it. If you want to get even pickier...MS copied the hybrid concepts from others. But who cares, its the way things are going. As long as the design is different, no issue. And in no way will Chromebook take a big chuck of MS' pie.

And Chome is not supposed to be an android tablet. Its a different device. Now, there are rumors it may eventually be able to run Andorid Apps...but again thats a rumor.

And furthermore, its the Andorid OEMS that are getting in the most trouble copying. Far as I have seen Google has had the same amount of issues with copying/patents as Apple. And yes, Apple has been caught and fined for violating patents as well.

techbeck said,

What? Touch screen is the way everything is going. MS copied touch screen tablets for their Surface if you want to get picky about it. If you want to get even pickier...MS copied the hybrid concepts from others. But who cares, its the way things are going. As long as the design is different, no issue. And in no way will Chromebook take a big chuck of MS' pie.

And Chome is not supposed to be an android tablet. Its a different device. Now, there are rumors it may eventually be able to run Andorid Apps...but again thats a rumor.

And furthermore, its the Andorid OEMS that are getting in the most trouble copying. Far as I have seen Google has had the same amount of issues with copying/patents as Apple. And yes, Apple has been caught and fined for violating patents as well.

Tablet PCs have been around since 2002.

I read this earlier. This will make the Chromebook more appealing to customers. Especially since everything seems to be going touch these days.

The Pixel is (if it's a real product) a two-pronged attack. First target - the Surface Pro (and Ultrabooks by extension); the second target is rather obvious - the RetinaDisplay Apple devices (MacBookPro in particular). However, the limitation will *still* be the OS - not necessarily the devices running it.

The hardware, and screen, are really nice-looking, but unfortunately it's being wasted on a browser.

Google should take the design of the Chromebook Pixel and drop a Android tablet with it!

A non-widescreen device? I call bull****. That resolution and aspect ratio is hideous, and would also put the price up for panel manufacture.

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