Hype is building once again that Google may be about to announce the release date of the long-rumored touchscreen Chromebook, when the company’s press event kicks in San Francisco later today.
Over the course of recent weeks, dozens of leaked images, spec wish-lists and release date guesses have been flying in from all angles, concerning the fabled touchscreen Google Chromebook that’s had so many of us salivating for quite some time now. However, the ever-trusted Wall Street Journal has now entered the affray and added some serious weight to the rumors, offering a pretty direct reference to such a device touching down this year.
However, neither the WSJ nor any of the other reputed sources offering their two-cents have been able to accurately pin down a release date for the touchscreen Google Chromebook, or its eventual price-tag.
Should Google go ahead with a 2013 Chromebook launch as expected, it will likely launch as a direct combatant for the same market at the Microsoft Surface Pro and RT. However, while both the Surface Tablets and the 2013 Chromebook could serve up a hybrid Tablet/Laptop package delivering the best of all worlds, chances are the Chromebook will retail for a massively lower price.
In related news, Google is about to launch the first wave of its Project Glass augmented reality headsets, but only for a select few that are willing to hand over $1,500 for the probable prototypes. A contest has just been announced by which Google will select “bold, creative individuals” who must plead their case in 50 words and ultimately be willing to shell out $1,500 for their…well, prize I guess.
This would therefore suggest that Project Glass is close to fruition and that a full-scale commercial release date is indeed on its way.
For those unfamiliar with the project, Google Glass has been dubbed a new-generation concept in augmented reality by some, while others describe the idea as little more than a Smartphone you wear on your face…both of which hold a degree of truth, in all fairness.