The original Chromebook Pixel was a highly desirable laptop, especially as its screen had the highest pixel density of any laptop when it launched two years ago. The £1,000 price was a problem, though, and it had other faults, as you can read in our review of the Pixel. Now, though, there's a new model - also called the Chromebook Pixel, and it's cheaper and better. Here's what you need to know about the 2015 Chromebook Pixel's price, specifications and UK release date.

Also read: Best Chromebooks you can buy in 2015

Chromebook Pixel release date

On Google's new Store website, there's no option to pre-order a Pixel but states "coming soon". We're expecting they will go on sale within weeks, rather than months, though.

Chromebook Pixel price

There are two models of the new Chromebook. The cheaper one costs £799 and has a Core i5 processor (Broadwell), 8GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD.

The Core i7 model is also a Broadwell chip and costs £999 - the same as the original, but has 16GB of RAM and 64GB of local storage.

Chromebook Pixel release date, price, specifications UK

Chromebook Pixel specifications

You'd be hard pushed to tell the new laptop from the old one, as they're very similar in design.

The screen is the same on paper: a 12.85in IPS display with a resolution of 2560x1700: a pixel density of 239ppi. However, it's not the same panel: it has better gamut and saturation, and it's also touch-sensitive.

There's also the same high-quality aluminium chassis, which measures 298mm x 225mm x 15.3mm and weighs 1.5kg.

The eagle-eyed will quickly spot the new USB Type-C ports - the same as found on the recently announced MacBook.

These are versatile ports, and Google will sell a range of adaptor cables to convert them into more conventional USB, HDMI and DisplayPort. The USB cables cost £9, while the video output convertors cost £25.

You get a 60W USB Type-C charger in the box. Google says you'll get two hours of use from just 15 minutes of charging, and a full charge will provide up to 12 hours' use.

Chromebook Pixel release date, price, specifications UK

For those unfamiliar with the new USB port, it's smaller than standard USB and like Apple's Lightning connector, is reversible, so you can insert the cable either way up.

The Pixel also has a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card reader. You also get a built-in 720p webcam and dual microphones, with the laptop's speakers being hidden under the keyboard.

In terms of connectivity, you now get support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (the old model had 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0).

The keyboard is backlit, and the touchpad is covered by glass. Again, very MacBook like.

The cheaper Chromebook Pixel has a Core i5-5200U chip, with a 2.2GHz base clock and a maximum speed of 2.7GHz. It has the Intel HD 5500 GPU built in. It's a dual-core processor with HyperThreading.

Similarly, the Core i7 is also a dual-core chip with HT. It's the i7-5500U clocked at 2.4GHz, with Turbo up to 3GHz.

Being a Chromebook, it runs Chrome OS. It's more advanced than it was when the original Pixel launched in early 2013. You can now, for example, use OK Google voice commands.