Samsung "Nautilus" Chromebook To Have Native Video Recording

The upcoming "Nautilus" from electronics giant Samsung, one of the first detachable Google Chromebooks, will apparently be the first Chromebook to have native video recording built into the OS. This news comes from an entry in the Chromium Code Review Gerrit that mentions the Nautilus by name, then goes on to say the code is a test to enable the video recording function of the device at the hardware level. As of this writing, the code has been reviewed, plugged into the commit bot, and seems destined to go into the main code of Chrome OS, barring any issues that cause it to be pulled.

If the change is successful, the Nautilus could be the very first Chromebook to have such a functionality. The Chrome OS device is already on track to be the very first detachable Chromebook and has been in development for about four months, with some even expecting it to appear at CES, though that did not happen and Samsung has thus far been quiet about the project. Part of what makes the Nautilus so special is the fact that it has the same Sony Exmor camera that's found on the LG G6 and other high-end smartphones. Since there isn't a lot of information about how the Nautilus will look just yet, it's hard to say whether this camera will be on its back, accompanied by a weaker front-facing camera, or if it will be on the front of the device and pull double duty as a webcam. The former seems more likely, though it's entirely possible that the Chromebook will have two of the same sensors.

All that's really known about Nautilus so far, aside from the preceding, is that it will run on one of the processors in Intel's Kaby Lake range. This means that it will have an x86 processor, but given its status as a detachable, a weaker processor in that family is a fairly sensible choice, compared to going with something that would need large heat pipes or fans. To sum it up, Nautilus is shaping up to be the first detachable Chromebook, and the first to sport native video recording without a third-party app, all with respectable specs that should get the job done for most users.

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