Samsung working on a Google PixelBook-like Chromebook laptop

It looks like Samsung is working on a detachable ChromeBook laptop. The device may resemble the recently launched Google PixelBook given the OS and the form factor. As reported by Chrome Unboxed website, the device could arrive early next year in Las Vegas during CES 2018 conference.

It’s arrival in early 2018 also suggests that the device may be nearing completion soon. However, the report says that the device has been in works since late September and may feature Intel 7th gen Kaby Lake processor.

The device is said to look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Book. The device is powered by Intel processors and has a detachable keyboard.

The hidden Chrome repository found by Chrome Unboxed says the device’s code name as ‘Nautilus’. These texts were also found in the repository.

“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”

Samsung is not new to Google‘s Chromebook series as it has already made a few Chromebooks. Only time will tell what the South Korean tech firm has in store for the market.

On a related note, Google recently took the wraps off its PixelBook device. The hybrid laptop is priced at $999 for the Intel Core i5 processor+128GB SSD configuration. There are two more configurations priced at $200 and $650 over and above $900 price tag. The hybrid laptop has 360-degree rotational hinge using which users can view content in different modes.

Some of the key features of the device are 12.3-inch screen with QHD resolution, up to 16GB RAM and 512GB inbuilt storage, Google Assistant, Chrome OS and battery up to 10 hours.

It is also possible that the rumoured Samsung Chromebook with detachable keyboard could sport a S Pen like stylus.

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