I have my doubts. Linus Upson, Google's vice president of engineering, has said that mashing laptops and tablets together doesn't make much sense. But he also said that Google's goal is to have a consistent user experience across devices. As the two operating systems share more features over time--such as Google Now notifications--touch is a way of adding more consistency between the two interfaces.
What it isn't: An actual bid for higher sales volumes
You'll notice that I didn't say that the Chromebook Pixel is Google's play to make beaucoup bucks at retail. Even if the Pixel is destined to play a crucial role in the future of Chromebook design, the merging of Google's dualing operating systems, or the very role of the open Web itself, it won't play a crucial role in actual stores. At $1,299, the Chromebook Pixel is a stunning paragon of what's next, but it simply isn't priced to sell.