Google had already achieved a measure of success with the Chromebook Pixel, according to an analyst at Gap Intelligence.
"[It's] a fantastic ploy to get people to think about Chrome differently," said Deron Kershaw, an analyst Gap Intelligence who follows retail sales of laptops.
The Pixel is now being sold by Best Buy at a starting price of $1,299.
Kershaw continued. "In addition to drawing a line in the sand with Apple on touch, they're trying to craft the sense that premium hardware and a web-centric OS aren't incompatible with each other. And … Read more