New Chromebook 'Rowan' Uses LG Display; MediaTek SoC

A new Chromebook codenamed ‘Rowan’ began popping up in the Chromium Repositories earlier this week, with various bits of information regarding its specifications having already been pulled from the website. Although the Chromebook’s manufacturer remains unknown, according to information gathered from .dtsi files at Chromium Repositories, the Chromebook Rowan will have a convertible form factor and it will accommodate a Full HD display supplied by LG, specifically the panel is identified by model number ‘LP120UP1-SPA1’.

LG’s ‘LP120UP1-SPA1’ panel seems to tick the right boxes for a Chromebook device, having a 3:2 aspect ratio and offering a resolution of 1920 x 1280 on a diagonal of 12-inches, resulting in a pixel density of roughly 192 pixels per inch. The panel is classified as IPS which should indicate better viewing angles and a high contrast ratio (800:1), and furthermore, it’s relatively bright with up to 340 Nits. Having said that, it appears that the Chromebook Rowan won’t fit in the premium Chromebook market, and perhaps this makes it that much more exciting for prospective buyers. Generally speaking, Chromebooks aim to offer a good balance between performance and affordability, and a Full HD panel is usually the hot spot for achieving this while remaining energy efficient in the process.

As for other hardware specifications, ‘Rowan’ has been previously spotted in the Chromebook Repositories flaunting what appears to be a MediaTek SoC (System-on-Chip) dubbed MT8176, which was introduced in Q1 2016 with a total of six cores operating on the big.LITTLE architecture. Although the MediaTek MT8176 uses the same graphics chip – the PowerVR GX6250 GPU – as the MT8173, it’s worth noting that the MT8176 should provide a 10-15% increase in performance over its predecessor in synthetic benchmarks. Another bit of information discovered from the Chromebook Repositories earlier this week was that the Chromebook Rowan will be equipped with a fingerprint recognition sensor, namely the “FPC1020” biometric sensor, which has already been used in a number of smartphones including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The module boasts a resolution of 508 DPI, verification and identification times of fewer than 0.45 seconds, as well as a false accept rate of less than 0.0001%. At the moment there’s no telling when or who will be launching the Chromebook Rowan, but more details are bound to emerge as development on the device moves forward.

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