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Video hints at Google touch-enabled Chromebook to rival Apple's Retina display

07 Feb 2013
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A promotional video has emerged that appears to show Google is planning to bring touchscreen capabilities to its Chromebook range of laptops. 

The video is said to come from the servers of production company Slinky.me. Company founder, Victor Koch, claimed the video came to light following a hacker attack on the firm.

According to multiple reports, the promotional video shows a Google-branded Chromebook with a touchscreen that boasts a similar display resolution to rival Apple's MacBook Pro Retina display.

"Our all servers were attacked by hackers, and we apologise for the fact that many projects have been shown previously," wrote Koch on his Google+ page.

The leak was first discovered by Chrome developer Francois Beaufort. He posted the promotional video of the device on his Google+ page. The link to the video, which he found on YouTube, was quickly taken down.

After Beaufort's post, Koch posted a public apology for the leak on his Google+ page. In the apology he referenced both Beaufort and Google chief executive Sergey Brin.

Slinky.me is a video production company that does promotional work for electronics makers. Slinky.me has reported it has worked with firms Cisco and Microsoft.

V3 has contacted Google about the supposed leak. The search giant has yet to respond.

The Chromebook itself is refereed to in the video as the "Pixel". It allegedly would sport a 2560x1700 pixel touchscreen resolution.

Previously, it had been rumoured that Google was planning to build its own line of Chromebooks. A Chinese publication tipped that Google was working on its own touchscreen Chromebook last November.

Chromebook's are notebooks which run Google's Chrome OS. It runs predominately in Google's cloud, running Google apps and featuring cloud-based security.

The Chromebook Pixel would be the first device made completely by Google. Over the past few years, the company has been pushing the platform onto Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs).

Acer, a Chromebook-maker, recently touted the platforms strong sales and stated that it would consider pushing out more Chromebook devices.

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James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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