Google challenge Apple with high-end PCs

21:34, Feb 21 2013
Chromebook Pixel
UPGRADE: Google's new Chromebook Pixel.

Google is adding a new touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.

The new Chromebook Pixel includes a 13-inch display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of the finger.

That's a key feature in Microsoft's Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of the world's leading operating system for PCs.

The Pixel's high-resolution screen displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple's MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays.

Google will begin selling the Pixel to US and UK residents from today in its webstore, Play. No release time for the New Zealand market has been announced yet.

A laptop with Wi-Fi and 32 gigabytes of flash storage will sell for US$1299 (NZ$1557). A 64-gigabyte machine that can connect on a 4G LTE network will cost US$1499 (NZ$1798).

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