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Google Unveils Touchscreen Chromebook Pixel
Google has unveiled its first touchscreen laptop in an attempt to outshine 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 is a key feature of Windows 8 - Microsoft's latest operating system for PCs which was launched last year.
The new laptop's high-resolution screen also displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple's MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays.
Announcing the move on its website, Google said the device "brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks".
"It's one of the most exciting times in the history of personal computing, thanks to a rapid pace of change, innovation and consumer adoption of devices. Our goal is to continue to push the experience forward for everyone," it added.
An early review by TechCrunch suggests while the Chromebook Pixel is "arguably one of the best-looking laptops ever made", it is more expensive than Microsoft's Surface Pro and Apple's MacBook Air, both of which cost $999 (£655) and $1,199 (£786), respectively.
It also falls short of its competition in terms of local storage, which is described as "tiny" compared to the MacBook Air, which offers 128GB.
A Chromebook Pixel laptop with Wi-Fi and 32GB of flash storage costs $1,299 (£1,049 in the UK), and a 64GB machine that can connect on a 4G LTE network $1,499.
It comes hot on the heels of the launch of Google's so-called Glass Explorers, which in a similar way to smartphones use voice-activation to connect to the internet, take pictures and perform other functions.