An interesting video is making the rounds on gadget sites today. Purportedly the work of ad firm Slinky.me, the clip depicts a Google-designed "Chromebook Pixel" with a high-DPI touch screen. The video was posted on Google+ by developer François Beaufort, who claims the machine has a 2560×1700 display resolution and "is actually tested at Google right now."
Android Authority has some additional background info. The site identifies Beaufort as "the guy who provided the screenshots of the new Notification Center on Chrome OS," and it suggests the video may have been stolen off Slinky.me’s servers by hackers:
Soon after the video hit Google Plus, the clip was taken down, but we were able to snatch a copy. The video description suggested that the clip was made by a company called Slinky.me, whose CEO Victor Koch then took to Google Plus to announce that its servers were attacked by hackers. Attackers than allegedly made several videos of projects that Slinky.me was working on available on YouTube.
I don’t know if this whole thing is a PR stunt by Slinky.me or something else. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about a Google-designed Chromebook with a touch screen, though. Hmm.
For what it’s worth, I don’t think a high-DPI touch screen is necessarily a good fit for a Chromebook. I mean, most of the web still doesn’t use high-DPI graphics, and web browsing is just about the only thing you can do in Chrome OS. Chrome OS’s user interface also has small icons and menus that might be awkward to poke at with your fingers. Oh, and Google already offers a machine with a high-DPI touch screen—it’s called the Nexus 10.