"Soraka" Detachable Chromebook Gains Dual Mics, Camera Flash

Google Chromebooks come in a variety of form factors, and one upcoming detachable Chromebook codenamed "Soraka" seems to be bringing dual microphones and a flash bulb for its camera along for the ride. This device is still in deep development and is competing with a number of other upcoming Chromebooks to be the first detachable device to ship with Chrome OS on board. The code review in the Chromium project outright states that the Soraka Chromebook has two mics; one of these is meant to face the user and pick up speech, singing, and the like, while another faces outward and picks up sounds around the device. The lines about the camera flash, on the other hand, mention support for both a flash device and a lens device being added to the code.

The Soraka Chromebook has been spotted before and even made its way to GFXBench. From what we know about it so far, there are three different variants, each with a different display size, ranging from 7.7 inches to 8.8 inches. It's unknown at this point whether all three of those variants will be detachable but given their very compact size it's quite likely. Likewise, it's unclear at this point whether the code that pointed to the dual microphones and the camera flash will be applicable to all three variants, but again, it's likely that all three will get it, since they're similar in size.

All indications thus far point to all of the different versions of Soraka having similar specifications. Soraka sports between 4GB and 8GB of RAM along with a Kaby Lake Core M3 processor, making it one of the most powerful sub-10-inch devices in the world. Internal storage is on the order of 32GB to 64GB, both of which will provide plenty of space for images taken with either the 12-megapixel rear camera or the 5-megapixel front camera. One or more variants may also end up running Android instead of Chrome OS; the GFXBench test for Soraka shows Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) as the operating system. Android versions of Soraka may also ship with Android 8.0 (Oreo) in tow, though it's quite possible that GFXBench could have been run on an Android backend and the devices all still run Chrome OS.

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