Here’s everything you wanted to know about the next Samsung Chromebook initiative is detailed. Especially, the report suggesting that the new Chromebook from Samsung will have a detachable 2-in-1 keyboard, which is said to be in the works already.
Coming straight to the story on how Samsung is planning to build a Chromebook with a detachable keyboard. For some time now, all of us believed that Google had abandoned hopes of optimizing the Android platform for tablets. In place of it, speculated that the next iteration of Android tablets will, in fact, be Chromebooks.
Based on recent changes made to the Chromium Repository, it seems like Samsung is working on a 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook. If this report is anything to be believed, it could be the first attempt of many 2-in-1 devices that run the Chrome operating system and full-sized Android apps side-by-side.
There has been Google’s Pixelbook which is more or less a refresh to the 2-in-1 Chromebook with a detachable keyboard. Right at the moment, Samsung is the one working on a new detachable Chromebook that can be used as a typical laptop/notebook with a keyboard. Roughly 60 Chromebooks now have the capability of running Android applications. Many of these devices are also convertible, allowing them to fold back and be used in ‘tablet’ mode.
How to use a notebook with a detachable keyboard?
Well, this could be more convenient when you want the keyboard out of the way, meaning that to use the Chromebook as a tablet, you are stuck with a decent amount of weight and thickness.
The folks over at Chrome Unboxed, who are notorious in finding new devices and features hidden within the Chromium Repo, have noticed some changes inside the code in early October which pointed to a new Chromebook being developed called “Nautilus.”
What made this Nautilus Chromebook so special?
In the following text, all things highlighted:
This function is called whenever there is a change in the base detect * status. Actions taken include:
* 1. Change in power to base
* 2. Indicate mode change to host.
* 3. Indicate tablet mode to host. Current assumption is that if base is
* disconnected then the system is in tablet mode, else if the base is
* connected, then the system is not in tablet mode.
Nautilus board.c file
At the time, Chrome Unboxed was unable to identify which company was manufacturing the new Chromebook other than a small BIOS firmware vendor called AMI (American Megatrends). Now that, today it has changed everything else regarding the manufacturer name of the next Chromebook device. According to Jongpil Jung, who happens to have his Samsung email address linked to the repository, was named as part of the Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus development process.
As of now, there isn’t much clearer information about the Samsung Nautilus Chromebook, though. Except the fact that it’ll be a 2-in-1 device and run on a Kaby Lake Intel processor. Not authentically, we can guess that it might look like some of Samsung’s other 2-in-1 laptops that it manufactures to run Microsoft Windows, but nothing is confirmed literally.
So it’s safe to assume that the Samsung Chromebook won’t be due until 2018, it still in its early stages of development. Based on the limited number of mentions in the Chromium Repository, the Nautilus is still in the works. And don’t be surprised if Samsung doesn’t ever unveil this Chromebook until next year.
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