Five unannounced premium Chromebook models based on the same board are presently in the works, with both HP and Dell being likely to be developing at least one such device each, XDA Developers reports, citing recent commit additions related to a Chrome OS master board code-named Nami. HP is being associated with an upcoming Chromebook internally referenced as Sona, whereas Dell is possibly working on a Chrome OS device code-named Vayne. The remaining three models are labeled as Akali, Pantheon, and Nami, with the latter possibly being a prototype meant to serve as an example of the master board reference design in question seeing how the two share the same name.
All five devices are described as convertible offerings, i.e. products equipped with a hinge that allows their screen to rotate by 360 degrees around the keyboard attached to it. The display panel of the master board itself is listed as a 2,400 x 1,600 module, i.e. one that boasts a 2:3 aspect ratio which was already embraced by Samsung's Chromebook Pro and Google's Pixelbook, having previously been popularized as a go-to form factor for small premium hybrid devices by Microsoft's Surface Pro lineup. The resolution itself also isn't set in stone as far as master board implementations are concerned seeing how all of the newly uncovered listings pointing to the upcoming Chrome OS devices are in an early stage of development. While the same goes for most other specifications, the currently existing commits are indicative of variants with both 8GB and 16GB of RAM, as well as a backlit keyboard which only the Akali device is listed as lacking.
High-performance Kaby Lake chips from Intel should power all five Chromebooks, as suggested by the fact every model has been listed with an accompanying fan profile – the very existence of any kind of a fan is indicative of some high-wattage silicon being part of the package, effectively eliminating the possibility of mid-range or entry-level CPUs being included with the reference master board in question. At least one other premium Chromebook code-named Nocturne is also said to presently be in the works, with that particular model likely being a detachable device. With every unannounced model apparently still being in a relatively early development phase, none of them are likely to be officially announced before late 2018.